Well, it’s time. Finally. You’ve beaten your PR in the category of beard length, but you can no longer stand the Duck Dynasty-esque monstrosity on your face. For some people, avoiding busting out the razor or the beard trimmer is as simple as personal preference, but for others, it’s about their skin type.
Shaving sensitive skin can result in redness, irritation, pain, and looking even worse than when you started. Luckily, these seven products alleviate that worry, so you can finally stop making #NoShaveNovember a year-long tradition.
The work begins before the trim has even started. A good cleanser will help erase the dirt, oils, and debris from your face in the hopes of leaving you with a good, clean base for a shave. This cleanser from Jack Black is not only safe for sensitive skin, it can also be used as an occasional mask. Treat yourself.
Exfoliate. You need it. Seriously. Your skin builds up a whole lot of gunk and grossness on its top layer, which can not only cause blackheads and acne, but can mean even more sensitivity as you shave. Free your pores and prep for shaving with this peppermint and charcoal-infused bar of soap from Biore, which is also suitable for both face and body.
Adding the right shaving cream can make all the difference when it comes to making sure your skin isn’t up in flames by the time you’re done shaving. The ingredients in this cream, including camphor and menthol, help cool the skin, so they help treat that burning, itchy, uncomfortable irritation.
Once you’ve finished shaving and you’re looking like a new man, your skin might still be looking a little angry. Toner, like this one from Ursa Major, ultimately calms down your pissed-off pores. Ingredients like witch hazel, aloe, and willow bark extract can be the difference in ridding yourself of annoying redness and irritation.
Your skin is also probably screaming for water after a hot shave, so make sure to listen to the other Golden Rule: Hydration is key. Abercrombie’s moisturizing balm can quench the skin’s thirst and help healthily close the open pores so that you don’t have to worry about any pimples rearing their ugly heads.
Just in case you need another burst of refreshment, this mist from Harry’s is packed with aloe vera, squalane, and Thai basil, which all work together to not only restore the skin, but leave it even better than it was before you started. It’s also alcohol-free, so there will be no additional post-shave pain.
And because you never want to be the guy with the scratchy, creepy beard, this oil from Abercrombie is the ultimate softening agent. By rubbing this into your hairs with each shave, the lightweight formula will condition your hairs and pores so they’re ready for the next shave. That said, your beard will look so good that you just might not want there to be a next shave.