Beach season may be over, but that’s no excuse to let yourself go in the grooming department. Whether you’ve got a first date on the horizon or your girlfriend is on your case, the gorilla effect is never going to do you any favours. Yes, it may provide that bit of extra insulation throughout the winter months, but that excuse will no longer wash in today’s well-groomed climate. Plus, if you’ve been working hard at the gym over the summer then you’d be foolish to keep all your hard work under wraps. Likewise if you’re trying to work up the impetus to start, as having visual evidence of your progress is all the motivation you’ll need.
Removing your chest hair doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds, and in fact, it can easily be taken care of in just a few short minutes – provided you incorporate some of the preparatory work into your daily shower routine. Switching your shower gel for an exfoliating body wash a couple of times a week will ensure that your skin is buffed to perfection and ready for the razor come shave day – and all you’ll need to achieve a touchably smooth chest is some top-quality equipment and some high-performance products.
We’d recommend The Bluebeards Revenge Double-Edge Scimitar razor for the job, as a single yet effective blade will ensure that the irritation often exacerbated by popular triple-blade cartridges is kept to an absolute minimum.
It’s important to remember that the chest is an area that is unaccustomed to shaving, so however manly you deem yourself to be, it’s advisable to take care when preparing the skin, as well as during the process itself. Fail to do so, and the results certainly won’t be pretty.
Smooth on a generous layer of Pre-Shave Oil before you begin, as this will soften the hairs, as well as facilitating an easier shave by enhancing razor glide. If you’re particularly ‘blessed’ (or should we say, cursed) in the bodily hair department then you might want to trim it down to a shorter length beforehand in order to avoid clogging the razor to within an inch of its life, as an unruly mass of chest fluff will do nothing to facilitate the process.
The next step is to apply your shaving cream. The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream contains special ingredient Decelerine to slow the regrowth of hairs, so it’s a great choice for the sensitive skin of the chest, where you’ll want to prolong the amount of times between shaves as much as possible. Use a shaving brush and bowl, and mix an almond-sized amount with a dash of water, whipping into a rich lather. Apply evenly to the chest, again making use of the brush, as this will lift and coat the hairs to facilitate an easier shave.
Using slow and controlled movements, shave in the direction of hair growth – avoid going against the grain, as this will result in redness and Irritation. Holding skin taut will make the process easier, particularly in areas such as the stomach, which you will also need to tackle if you’re keen to avoid looking like something out of a Sci-Fi film. Be sure to rinse the razor at regular intervals, as clogging will do you no favours at all. If you don’t want to go the whole hog then a trim and a tidy around the edges will probably do.
Once finished, slap on a generous layer of Post Shave Balm – it’s not just for your face, you know, and it’ll calm and soothe any redness before it has a chance to progress, preventing irritation and providing a decent shot of moisture at the same time. Follow up with Cooling Moisturiser for extra nourishment, and reapply daily to keep skin soft and supple.
That’s it – you’re ready to go. It’s a shame to have to cover up your handiwork in warm winter clothing, but man-scaping and grooming is as much about feeling good as looking it. Plus, you can relax in the knowledge that you’re ready for any eventuality – after all, Real Men stay prepared.