Sure, a beard is great when the weather is cold and your chins are multiplying by the minute, but come summer you’d be wise to consider hacking your facial hair back to nothing. Being clean-shaven, after all, is big news again. You need only look at the SS19 runways for proof, where there was neither beard nor stubble in sight. Likewise, the celebrity contingent has started back on the stubble-free curve too. Hot young things of the moment Timothée Chalamet and Troye Sivan have been flying the flag for baldy chins everywhere since they were, well, teenagers, while Bradley Cooper recently shaved off his A Star Is Born whiskers for the Golden Globes and never looked more smouldering (just ask Irina Shayk). That’s why we asked Jason Aldridge of the new Acqua Di Parma’s barbiere in Selfridges to reveal everything you need to make your next wet shave as painless as possible. With the brand’s new Barbiere range – which includes a (pleasingly weighty) razor and shaving brush, an ultra-moisturising face cream, a post-shave emulsion and, if you decide to keep your beard, a floaty-light beard serum – and these close-shave tips, you’ll never need to put one of those awkwardly small squares of toilet paper on your face again. Happy shaving.
1. Prepare your face
“A perfect shave requires a clean surface, so prep the skin beforehand,” says Jason Aldridge, creative director of Selfridges’ new Acqua Di Parma barbiere. “Take the time to wash your face with hot water to open pores and wash impurities off the skin. Invest in a non-foaming face scrub to gently cleanse and exfoliate.”
2. Use the right tools
“Apply a shaving cream using a brush,” says Aldridge. “Creams with eudermic oils help to prevent redness, while the brush lifts the hair for effective shaving action. Then apply shaving oil to the face, creating a protective layer on the skin.”
3. Take care with your razor
“Making sure it’s clean, run the razor with the grain and along the skin using short, gentle motions. Rinse the razor with cold water between shaves to ensure that skin is tightened,” says Aldridge.
4. Apply the proper aftercare
“When shaving is complete, it’s vital a moisturiser or balm is applied to minimise irritation and to stop razor rash,” says Aldridge. “It’s important to moisturise the skin and restore the hydrolipid film that has been removed by the blade.”