Finding the Right Tools for Your Shaving Kit
It can be tough to find the right shaving tools for you, especially with every face being so unique. Which products work best for your skin and facial hair? How important is quality over quantity? Fortunately, there are a lot of great beard care products to choose from, and we can offer some advice to help you build the perfect shaving kit for your skin and hair type.
Keep reading for a list of our top recommended features to help find the right shaving tools for you.
The Best Products for Beards
When we say beard, there are a lot of shapes and styles we’re talking about here. If you’re still in the process of growing out your beard, check out our guides to finding the best style for your face shape, whether you have a long face, round face, oval-shaped face, or you’re growing a goatee.
Choosing a Trimmer
A trimmer is the number one tool you’ll be relying on when shaping your beard, and it’s important to look for a few key features. First, you’ll want a trimmer with an interchangeable comb . With multiple pieces to swap out, you’ll be able to choose the best length setting for your beard, and adjust as needed.
A great example is the Gillette King C. Beard Trimmer, which comes with three different comb attachments. The stubble comb is fixed at 1mm in length, whereas the short beard comb has 5 length settings (3mm, 5mm, 7mm, 9mm or 11mm) and the long beard comb has another 5 length settings (13mm, 15mm, 17mm, 19mm or 21mm). When used without a comb, the beard trimmer cuts facial hair to about 0.5mm. With a trimmer like that, the possibilities are endless.
Choosing a Razor
For edging your beard, we’d recommend a razor with a precision trimmer on the back. Also, choosing a razor that’s designed for sensitive skin will help with shaving your neck.
Choosing Aftercare Products
To tame and keep your beard looking its best, make sure you invest in some quality beard care products , such as beard oil and beard wash. For beard oil, we’d suggest one with plant based ingredients like avocado and argan oil, and finding a product that’s not too oily. For beard and face wash, find one that cleans your skin and facial hair without drying either out. Don’t forget about scents too—you don’t want to be stuck with a smell you hate.
The Best Products for Mustaches
Mustaches look especially great oval-shaped faces, and if you’re looking for a new style, we’ve got some inspiration to get you started. As you can imagine, you’ll want some of the same products as you would for styling your beard, though there’s a couple more considerations for getting the precise-shaped mustache you’re after.
Razors for Mustaches
With any mustache, the rest of your face should be nice and smooth other than right above your top lip and under your nose. To get that closeness over your full face, we’d recommend a multi-bladed razor with built-in lubrication, so your shave stays smooth. To get really precise with edges though, you can’t go wrong with a single blade razor.
Choosing a Pair of Scissors
Scissors are one of the most underrated products when styling your mustache. You only need a small pair, such as nail scissors. These helpful clippers will help you tackle any stray hairs and keep your mustache looking neat.
The Best Products for Sensitive Skin
If you’re a guy with sensitive skin, you’re not alone. For many, the experience of shaving can be a painful one if you’re using products that are unnecessarily harsh. Fortunately, there are now a ton of products available for skin like yours.
Finding the Right Razor
Because sensitive skin is more prone to skin irritation and razor burn, choose a razor that’s specifically designed with your skin in mind. For many, this means fewer blades, a prime example being our SkinGuard Razor. This one has just two blades with the “SkinGuard” feature positioned in between. This handy strip helps smooth the skin as you shave so there’s less tug and pull. Make sure you’re always stocked too with fresh blades!
Never Skip the Shave Prep
Once again, we can’t emphasize this product enough: always shave with shaving cream or gel. For sensitive skin, you should be using one that’s gentle on skin, meaning it is formulated without dyes and alcohol. These additions can dry out your skin and leave it feeling red and irritated. Our SkinGuard Sensitive Gel also comes with aloe which feels nice.
We’d recommend this for any skin type, but especially for sensitive skin, you’ll want to use moisturizer after every shave to keep your skin hydrated. Look out for alcohol and other harsh chemicals in this product too. It’s also not a bad idea to consider a moisturizer with SPF if you’re heading outside after your shave.
The Best Products for Stubble Beards
Contrary to popular belief, shaving stubble takes work too! To stay looking sharp—and not looking like you just woke up from a three-day bender—you’ll want to consider some essential products:
- A solid razor, ideally with multiple blades
- A trimmer with a 2mm or 3mm comb attachment
- A precision trimmer for your edges
- A good moisturizer or aftershave
We’ve also got tips for maintaining this look for the long term too. Still can’t find the right tools for you? Gillette also has plenty of other products to check out, as well as some shaving kits and sets already put together. Once you’ve got the best gear for grooming your beard, learn more tips and pointers for styling.
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