Why I Shaved My Beard

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gillette at Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

To shave or not to shave: that is the question I face (so to speak) on a near-weekly basis, not being one who opts to maintain a shorn appearance on a consistent basis.

My barber (who lives on Fleet Street) must be on vacation, as I haven’t seen him in a while. If you happen to see Mr. Todd in passing, please tell him that I promise to finally try one of his building partner’s meat pies if he can fit me into his schedule again.

Struggling with blades from the beginning, I find most shaving options treating my skin as though they weren’t treating my skin – which is a shortcoming for someone who has the inherent need to eliminate stubble before it grows into a full-blown beard.

Unless, of course, he finds himself sitting underneath a full-blown beard that has been cultivated over a two-month period of time without any planning, pruning, or promise.

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The timing for receiving a Gillette Fusion ProShield from Sam’s Club was perfect, as my uncontrolled facial hair situation was getting quite hairy. My wife didn’t mind these extra-long whiskers, but they were starting to interrupt my routines. I found myself having to reposition my face as it laid upon the pillow to keep my lip hairs from tangling with my nose hairs (but that’s a matter for a different day to be handled by a different tool). Plus, I was starting to experience random droplets of coffee falling minutes after I had taken a sip… and that was too far for me.

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Coffee is for me – not for my mustache.

It was high time to try the Gillette Fusion ProShield from Sam’s Club (knowing full well that I could use all nine blades included with the package if the beard wouldn’t buckle to one). Yes, the label suggested that it should last me up to 9 months, but you don’t realize just how stubborn my hair can be. And, worst case scenario: I could always get blade refills easily at Sam’s Club.

My bet was that it would take no less than five blades to shave, but one was all I needed.

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Not that I keep track of what’s a good shave or a bad shave, but I always consider the fresh face feeling to be a prime indicator as to whether or not the blade went above and beyond its primary function. I’m a guy who doesn’t use facial creams or other assorted body tonics, so the addition of lubrication during the shave turned out to be a godsend.

I don’t want to worry about lubricating before and after doing something, ya know? I know I should do it, but that doesn’t mean I will do it. The intelligent incorporation of a critical feature that’s viewed as optional suddenly becomes mandatory once you’ve used it. Giving yourself a smooth shave can only happen with a sharp blade, but having a face that feels refreshed after shaving can only happen when it’s not dried out.

If you’d like to try it for yourself, I’ll give you the chance to receive a free Sam’s Club Gift Card to get your own kit. Simply share the link to this blog post in your social feed (like Twitter) and be sure to tag me so that I see it. One person will be chosen at random.  Be sure to use #DontLoseYourSmooth in your Tweet, too!

I don’t have blog comments because I got tired of 50% of the people telling me that I needed to shave more, and the other 50% telling me I needed to shave less.

I’ll shave when I feel that I need to shave, and I’ll be shaving with Gillette Fusion ProShield from Sam’s Club for the foreseeable future.


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