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The Beard vs The Clean Shave

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Is the beard here to stay or is it time to say goodbye?

Over the recent years we’ve seen a huge rise in the beard becoming a trend amongst men. At one point, a huge percentage of advertising campaigns in menswear featured a model with a beard.

The hipster trend was popular throughout 2016 and for most of 2017, and with more men looking to replicate that trend, the number of men sporting a beard has risen.

But with 2018 looming, is the beard here to stay or is it time to embrace the clean shaven look?

In todays feature we dive into whether it’s time to shave off the beard and instead, rock a clean shaven look…

The Clean Shaven Look

The clean shave is a more traditional approach to grooming. Be honest, it’s unlikely that your Grandad will be rocking a beard any time soon. Personally, My Grandad is 92 and he feels uneasy when he hasn’t had a shave. He shaves daily, it’s been conditioned into him from his time in the Army.

But why are less men shaving now than they ever have done before?

Time could be an issue, with a lot of men feeling like they lack time to shave daily. But there’s also now more men embracing their beard and stubble, meaning that being clean shaven really isn’t high on the agenda.

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But the benefits of a clean shave are as follows:

  • It can help remove dead skin (which could lead to acne and bad skin)
  • It often makes you look younger
  • It will compliment a formal appearance
  • Women often prefer clean shaven men

So how do we get the cleanest shave possible, in the quickest time possible?

Invest In The Right Shaver

There’s a lot of overpriced products that underperform when it comes to male grooming. But when it comes to a clean shave, don’t be afraid to invest wisely.

A good razor should always be the main focus, as cheap razors can lead to skin irritation and honestly are only good for a few uses before you need to replace them. On the other hand, a good razor can speed up the process, it can leave you with a cleaner shave and it also reduces the risk of cuts.

To equip yourself ready for a clean shave, we recommend the OneBlade razor. For under $50 it’s engineered to give you a serious shave with serious savings. It delivers the quality and closeness of a barbershop shave in your own bathroom, with the safety, comfort, and convenience of a cartridge razor in one blade—minus all the irritation.

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Thanks to the innovation of this razor, it’s the easiest-to-master and most comfortable single-blade razor on the market.

It’s been engineered for a close shave with an Optimal Pivot for maximum performance and it’s durable, made from engineer-grade polymer.

Another important factor to consider when mastering the clean shave is the before and after care. Preparing for the shave again can be time consuming, but investing in a good shaving cream and shaving brush can help reduce the time you spend shaving alongside offering support for a close, clean shave.

Using a shaving cream with natural essential oils can help protect your skin, and you want to avoid shaving creams that are heavily engineered. An aftershave balm is again a necessity to heal and restore your skin after the shave.

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The Beard Argument

Now the beard isn’t something we are completely against, but a lot of men rock beards when it really doesn’t suit them. If you can’t grow a beard or you grow a patchy beard, trying to grow a beard shouldn’t be high on your agenda. Honestly, if you struggle to grow a beard it’s time to give into genetics and opt for a clean shave.

But a lot of men do suit the beard and we’re not disregarding it completely, but the clean shaven look is definitely something to consider more in 2018.

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Paul McGregor
Paul McGregor

Founder of MFM, and short course lecturer at The London College of Fashion teaching all things marketing. Read my personal blog here.


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