An Introduction to Manscaping

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There has been quite the surge in male grooming in recent years, which is exactly what the term manscaping refers to. For those of you who are only venturing into this area for the first time, this introduction to manscaping will teach you all that you need to know.

Quality Clippers
Grooming body hair is a large part of manscaping, but since you will be trimming it rather than shaving it, you need to invest in a quality pair of clippers. While the all-in-one models that are usually purchased to cut hair will be suitable for this, you would be better off with a model that has been designed for manscaping, as this will make it easier to reach trickier places.

Exfoliation
Before you carry out any sort of body hair grooming, you need to ensure that you have exfoliated that area first. This will clear away the layer of dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin, allowing you to achieve a much finer cut, and will also prevent ingrown hairs from forming.

Facial Grooming
The easiest way to begin manscaping is to assess the hair on your face and decide the best ways in which you could go about tidying it all up. Nose hairs should not be visible, and these can easily be removed with an inexpensive trimmer, or with a pain-free hot wax session. A uni-brow is also not generally accepted when it comes to manscaping, although overly manicured eyebrows should also be avoided. If plucking or waxing your brows is too painful a prospect, try combing them upwards and then trimming away and longer hairs with a pair of scissors.

Body Hair Grooming
Just like with facial hair, body hair is absolutely fine, as long as it is kept neatly trimmed. This applies to everything from your back and your chest to your arms and your legs, depending on which areas of your body you want to show off. While your clippers will be able to help you neaten it all up, if you need a large quantity of hair removed then it may be best to book yourself a waxing appointment. Keeping the hair under your arms trimmed is also important, not only for aesthetic reasons but also because this will help to prevent sweat from building up and causing an odour.

Shaving
There are certain parts of your body where it will be easier to shave rather than use your clippers, and, in these cases, it is essential to make sure that you are shaving correctly in order to avoid redness, bumps, and ingrown hairs. Shaving with, rather than against, the grain will be much kinder to your skin, and will also give you a better look overall.

Manscaping can often seem intimidating to those who have never given it much thought, but a little bit of effort can go a long way when it comes to your overall appearance. From keeping your brows trimmed to showing off a hair-free back, these tips will help you to get started with manscaping.

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Beauty Trend Alert: Face Shaving

Hair removal methods come in many different shapes and forms, from waxing to hair removal creams to tweezing. When it comes to your face, you may believe that shaving is primarily reserved for men, but, as the latest beauty trend goes to show, it can have huge benefits for women as well. OROGOLD takes a look at the latest hair removal beauty trend for women – face shaving.

Woman shaving her face with a razor.

Where Has the Trend Come From?
Face shaving for women has long since been popular in Japan. Known as kao sori, face shaving is a popular treatment that results in a smooth and soft complexion, and it also allows other skin care products to better penetrate the skin. In the West, face shaving is often known as dermaplaning, and is commonly used to treat certain skin conditions, such as mild scarring, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

How Does it Work?
Unlike with most men, who use a shaving foam and shave almost every day, face shaving for women is usually carried out on dry skin. A straight razor is passed over the face in short, sweeping motions, and although a tingling sensation is often felt, the process is painless. After the razor has taken off the short hairs on the face, it then works as an exfoliant, taking off the dead skin cells that build up on the face. The shaving is usually followed up moisturizers and serums, and often a facial massage, and, when done by a professional, the process takes about an hour.

Woman shaving her face

Myths About Face Shaving
Many women believe that if they were to shave their face, they would soon end up with a 5 o’clock shadow, but this is a huge myth. The results usually last two or three weeks, depending on the individual’s skin condition and hair growth. In Japan, it is common for women to undergo face shaving once a month, as part of their regular facial. However, for those of you who already have quite dark facial hair, OROGOLD would not recommend face shaving, as this could cause the hair to grow back darker and thicker.

Can I Try Face Shaving at Home?
The beauty about face shaving is that it is so easy to do it yourself at home. The only tool that you will need is a single blade, straight-edged razor, with a slope towards the razor head for easier maneuvering. Facial and eyebrow razors are widely available, either at your local beauty store or online. To begin with, pull your skin taut and start shaving downwards in short strokes, holding the razor at a 45-degree angle against your skin. Once finished, OROGOLD reminds you to make sure that you apply a layer of moisturizer.

Although face shaving for women may seem like a strange concept, it has so many skin benefits, from exfoliating the skin to boosting collagen production to giving your face a healthy glow. Plus, if you have ever wondered why aging men don’t seem to suffer from the same onslaught of wrinkles as women do, you now know that it could be down to the fact that they have been unknowingly exfoliating their faces on a regular basis for the majority of their lives!