With all the Christmas parties and get togethers, it’s important to make sure your look is on point this season! The English Shaving Company Christmas style guide will help you feel confident and ready to celebrate.
Perfecting your facial hair is a great place to start. Whether you want a soft beard or a smooth shave, getting it right will take your look up a notch this festive season. (Why not read our tips on beard habits to break this new year or our special Happy New Beard blog?)
The Perfect Beard
The perfect beard is going to be different for each man but there are a few steps you can take to ensure that whatever your beard style, it looks the best it can be!
- Keep it trimmed
Beard upkeep is always important, but especially when you’re wanting that perfect look for Christmas. Use a comb against the direction of the hair and set your beard trimmers to the correct length for an easy way to trim your beard.
If you have a longer beard, then you can use scissors to carefully shape and trim the hairs.
Be sure to keep your neckline in check with a razor too. This maintains the shape of your beard and keeps it looking fashionable rather than unkempt!
- Wash and Oil
It’s important to wash your beard frequently to prevent dirt building up and irritating your skin. Use a proper beard wash (rather than normal soap or shampoo) as this will be tailored for use on facial hair and is kind to your skin.
Follow up with beard oil. This is extremely useful if you want to achieve a soft beard as it moisturises both your beard hair and your skin, keeping both healthy.
The Clean Shave
Maybe you would prefer to go clean shaven this festive season - no one wants to be mistaken for Santa, after all!
- Choose your Tool
There are a huge number of different razors available that work for different people. We personally love the double edge safety razor as it produces an extremely close shave and is very environmentally friendly. We would recommend these if you’re looking for the smoothest and most luxurious shave!
Electric shavers are also great for being quick and convenient and some men find they cause less irritation as the shavers cut the hair just above the skin rather than below. It means your stubble will likely grow back faster, but it can be more comfortable. It will depend on your skin and style of shaving as to which type of razor will suit you best.
- Take Time
If you’re wet shaving before a Christmas celebration, don’t be afraid to give yourself a bit of time. This not only helps you relax but also means you can produce a smoother shave. You’ll have the time to use a triple-pass technique, for example, and going slowly will reduce the chance of nicks.
Shaving can be quite abrasive on the skin. To help prevent shaving rash and discomfort, moisturise your skin afterwards. You could use an aftershave cream which will both moisturise and disinfect your skin.
Once you’ve got your beard or shave sorted, it’s time to get your Christmas outfit on point.
Christmas is the perfect time to dress up a bit, so consider pulling out your suit from the cupboard. If it’s a semi-formal occasion, you could always ditch the tie and suit jacket and wear a shirt with smart trousers. A patterned or coloured bow tie is also a fantastic and stylish alternative!
Perhaps you’re going to more informal parties this season. Why not don a classic Christmas jumper? The bright colours, sequins and festive puns have a certain charm to them much like the jokes in Christmas crackers; you might get a few groans but everyone appreciates the festivity!
Aftershave & Fragrance
Once your outfit is sorted, using an aftershave or other fragrance can take the whole look to a new level. Be sparing when using cologne so it’s not overpowering.
Aftershaves are a great way to finish your shave as they don’t just provide a fragrance, but they also soothe your skin and disinfect after the abrasive effects of shaving.
If you don’t shave, you can use a cologne or an eau de toilette (the latter being a higher concentration and therefore stronger) for the final touch to your look.
Do you have any more tips for getting your look on point this Christmas? We would love to hear them in the comments!