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Late Fall through Winter is a great time for a man to grow a beard for the first time. Beginning in November, with No Shave November, many men stop shaving and grow out their beards to support cancer patients who lose their hair due to treatment for their cancer, and to raise awareness of cancer.
Traditionally, men donate the money they would normally spend on shaving supplies to cancer organizations that educate, raise awareness, and support cancer patients. Other men compete for growing the best beard, much like running a relay, with proceeds going to support cancer patients.
Whether you participate or not, beard season begins in November. For some of us it doesn’t end until Spring, when the temperatures get warmer and the wind doesn’t make your face go numb the moment you step foot outside. When the Spring comes, it is time to shave off your Winter beard.
If this is your first time growing a beard, welcome to the club! You are sure to have learned a lot about beard maintenance and the joy of growing and styling a beard. If you are looking at this post, chances are that you are ready to cut your beard off and enjoy the sun.
Where To Begin
If you have grown a beard, you already know How to Shave. That doesn’t mean you know how to shave off a full beard. This is where it gets interesting for seasonal beard growers. There are several things to consider before you begin shaving.
Beard Shaving Is Tricky
If your whiskers have ever grown too long, you know that your razor will pull the hair, which is unpleasant and painful at time. If it is your first time shaving off a full beard, you are in luck, my friend. This is your guide on how to do it right, with as little irritation as possible, for a smooth finish.
Prep Work Is Important
Why Prep For Your Shave?
The most important part of shaving your beard is the prep work you put into it. If you don’t prep your beard and the skin beneath it, you will have some serious irritation. Your skin is going to be sensitive if you haven’t shaved in a while, so extra precautions will go a long way to preventing additional, unnecessary irritation.
What You Need
First, gather your arsenal. Most of what you will need should already be in your shaving kit. You will need a trimmer or pair of scissors to trim your beard back, some shaving cream, and a shaving brush if you want to really experience the art of shaving. A fresh razor with multiple blades and a trimmer, such as The Great Dane from 99centrazor.com, will also be necessary.
Let The Shaving Begin!
Step 1: Trim Your Beard
It seems like a waste of time and effort to trim a beard you are going to cut off, but it’s necessary, unless you like your whiskers pulled out and clogging up your razor. If you have a trimmer, trim your beard back as close as you can using the shortest trim guide. If you don’t have a razor, scissors will work, though they can’t cut as close.
Step 2: Lather Up
Soak your brush, if you’re using one, in warm water for several minutes. Use warm water to saturate your beard. Apply the amount of cream you think you will need to the brush and whip your cream into a lather using a shaving mug. Use the brush to apply the lathered cream to your face, liberally. The cream will lubricate the razor, preventing tugging on your hair and your skin and will moisturize your skin.
Step 3: Shave
It will take you longer than normal to shave off your beard. You’re dealing with a lot more hair than normal stubble from daily shaving. Just hold your skin taut with your free hand and take your time. Reapply lather in areas that you need to shave over more than once to prevent irritation.
Once you rinse off, check to make sure you’re smooth. If you’re still not as smooth as you would like or missed a spot or two, lather up and shave again. You may need to shave against the grain to get a closer shave. If your razor has a trimmer on the end of it, use it to trim up your sideburns and rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Post Shaving Advice
Once your shave is complete, use an aftershave lotion or balm to moisturize and protect your skin from irritation resulting from the shave. If you choose to not shave off all of your facial hair and go with a goatee or mustache, apply beard conditioner to it in order to keep it soft and the skin beneath in good condition.
Welcome back to feeling the wind and sun on your skin! You have just accomplished the task of shaving off a beard, and if you followed the suggestions in this post, your skin should be soft and not irritated. You will miss your beard, but it won’t be long until November when you can start the process over again.
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Most people enjoy receiving presents, especially when the gifts are unique, instead of cliché. You can always go for the relatively easier choices, but why not make it more special for your beloved?
In addition to your budget and her preference, you also should consider the occasion when selecting a gift. For some men, answers to questions like the period of time that they have known their partner can matter. The ground rule for selecting the right gift, however, is simple: While a birthday gift should be personal, an anniversary gift can be picked from the expensive label stores.
When it comes to preferences, by now you should be well aware of what your special lady likes. Some women love jewelry, while others are passionate about new cuisines. A lot of women enjoy owning the latest gadgets in town, while some cannot get enough of knitting or handicrafts. With a multitude of preferences to factor in, finding that perfect gift for your wife/girlfriend can take a lot of time. You’ll have to analyze what your partner is inclined towards: a perfectly cooked, romantic meal, a movie-marathon, or a beautiful gold necklace?
Here’s a list of items that can make for useful gifts for your romantic partner:
Pop-Up Photo Strip Box
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Whether it is a Polaroid camera, a camera reel, or digitized snapshots, photography has come a long way since the past century. We have reached a point where we can now capture and print photos instantaneously.
Search old photo albums to pick out some of the best photographs of the two of you. They deserve to be displayed in a special manner. Get creative and arrange for a pop-up photo strip box. This gifting option will work for all occasions.
So, buy or make a special photo strip box for your loved one. The photo box is certainly something that attracts attention to the special moments in your life together. If you’re short of time, you can always buy a ready-made photo strip box and paste the photos in the space provided.
Numerous people are fond of pets, but are unable to bring them home due to certain reasons. Pet fish can make for a wonderful gift for your pet-loving partner. You can purchase a fish hotel aquarium that can double up as a home décor piece. These ‘fish condos’ are based on modernist concepts of designing, and can be used as standalone pieces, or stacked into towers to house multiple fish.
The fish hotel aquarium is easy to manage structurally and it comes with a detachable outer cover that can also be painted. You can work with your partner to decorate the aquarium for a quirky look. You can even use one to house Siamese fighting fish (betta fish), so that they are unable to see other fish and get agitated.
Most of us live stressful lifestyles and have extremely strenuous days, which lead to tired nights. If your special lady is looking for some relaxation and peaceful sleep, a soft, soothing body pillow is the perfect pampering present you can give her. At the end of a long day, she can hold on to it for comfort and rest.
Buy one that is made of plush fleece with an organic wheat insert and an anti-hypoallergenic cover. This material keeps the pillow in shape even when a person twists and turns it when sleeping.
This long pillow is famous for its orthopedic benefits in the Eastern and the Western cultures. The Japanese have introduced several cover designs that are inspired by anime culture, including the genji body pillow. Search for these covers online and pick one that works well with your partner’s choice.
Wishing for your partner’s good health is certainly among the top gifting themes. Bearing this in mind, you can buy her an infuser water bottle that helps her stay hydrated throughout the day. Studies have shown that drinking infused water encourages people to stay hydrated. One can include fresh produce like cucumbers that are full of antioxidants, vitamin K and electrolytes to make water healthier.
With a fruit infuser bottle, your partner can refill the water multiple times and the flavor of the fruits and herbs will be intact. This gift is undeniably worth the investment towards her health!
A Pair of Alpaca Wool
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Planning to go all out on her gift this year? Consider getting her a pair of Alpaca mittens. They are great for women who live in cold climates and like to keep their fingers warm in mittens when indulging in daily activities like reading a book, using her phone, and the like.
Gloves made from Alpaca and sheep’s wool are extremely soft on the skin and light on the hands. Invest in a pair which is handmade and feature a mitten flap that can be opened or closed. Take things a notch higher and buy her a matching hat and scarf to add to her kitty. She’ll definitely be showing off the whole ensemble and thanking you in no time.
Pampering your special woman with outstanding gifts on a special occasion is always a great idea. The challenge lies in selecting the best from a long list of options. Going with your instinct may not work in your favor all the time. That’s why spend some time and think through your choices before investing in any of them.