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“It … has a moisturising band with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender to calm and protect sensitive skin with an innovative brush finger for a closer shave. Like seriously, what more could you actually want for your razor?”

Dorco Shaving Tips

Four Reasons to Take up Traditional Wet Shaving

Wet shaving is a one-of-a-kind experience. The sensations of the warm, comforting water and the cool, soothing cream are among life’s simple pleasures.

Certain time-honoured tools are involved in traditional wet shaving, and they include a trusty double-edge razor and some old-fashioned, all-natural cream or soap. It usually incorporates a shaving brush as well, an instrument that can thicken the cream and make it feel even more luxurious. Likewise, aftershave is common with these shaves.

However, in today’s hectic world, many men have never tried a wet shave. Others have given it up in favour of disposable razors or (shudder) electric shaving. But wet shaving offers advantages that perhaps you’ve never stopped to think about. Once you discover or rediscover this method, you might never want to shave any other way again.

1.   Get Smoother Skin

Above all, wet shaving is simply the most effective type of shaving. The hot water softens the hairs, making it easier to dispose of them. Moreover, it triggers your pores to open up, which lets those whiskers fall away more swiftly.

2. Avoid Ingrown Hairs

With wet shaving, you’re less likely to have painful ingrown hairs, which can lead to itchy ingrown hairs. By contrast, electric razors often force hairs back into their follicles, causing them to become ingrown.

3. Reduce Acne

When you use a disposable razor, you probably shave the same spot multiple times. And each time you swipe a patch of skin, you spread your natural oils all over it, which often results in clogged pores and acne.

On the other hand, with a safety razor, you touch each part of your face and neck fewer times. As a consequence, you probably won’t irritate your pores.

4. Pamper Yourself

 

If someone else wet shaves you ? a barber or your significant other, for instance ? it becomes a form of pampering, and you might feel truly energised afterward. Indeed, many European barber shops, salons and spas now offer wet shaves for their clients’ enjoyment. The only trouble is that some customers tend to fall asleep during the shave!

Many people view shaving with an electric or disposable razor as a chore, one more nuisance to get done before going to work, school or a special event. But wet shaving is something else entirely. It’s a process that demands care and attention to detail; some would even deem it an art form. It feels like a ritual, and it can connect us spiritually to earlier generations. In that way, wet shaving can subtly boost your confidence. With an extremely close shave, you’re ready to take on the world.

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Shaving Myths Debunked: Common Hair Regrowth Questions

Does hair really grow back faster,thicker and darker after shaving?

“Should I shave, wax or use an epilator?” “Will the hair grow back thicker and faster if I shave it?” “My mum always said shaving makes it worse!”

Who hasn’t asked these questions before? Every woman wants silky-smooth skin, after all!

However, many women think that shaving their hair will make it grow back thicker, darker and faster. But is this common opinion a fact or myth?

The Truth of the Matter

Thanks to scientific studies. we know now that this is indeed a common shaving myth. In a study, published in 1970, five healthy young male volunteers shaved one leg weekly for several months while leaving the other leg as a control. The study found no significant differences in the hair width, coarseness or rate of growth. According to Amy McMichael, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health said, “People are just not very good observers, but there’s just no science behind hair growing back thicker.” Hair regrowth is not affected by razors.What happens is that, when shaved off, the shape of the hair ends become blunt. So when you touch it, it feels coarse — similar to a man’s beard stubble — but returns to its normal tapered shape once it grows out. Again, This is the same reason that slightly longer beards actually feel soft to the touch.

Why Shaving Does Not Cause Thicker Hair

 

When you cut or shave any part of your hair growing from outside your skin, that hair is already dead. It cannot be affected anymore. It is for this very reason that shaving doesn’t have any effect on the way your hair grows back. The only exception to this is when young men undergo puberty, and the hair that grows back after shaving is slightly thicker. This is due to hormones.

Although women who shave their legs may feel “prickly” the day after, it is just the stubbly ends. After a couple of days, you will notice the hair returning to its naturally smooth feeling.

Keep in mind that genetics have a lot to do with hair growth. If you have a family history of thick, dark hair, then it’s likely that no matter how you choose to remove your hair, it will eventually grow back thick and dark.

“Women shave their legs all the time. They would be like gorillas if the hair was coming back thicker or darker,” dermatologist Amy McMichael tells Dina Fine Maron at Scientific American. “Plus we would never have to think about hair loss on our heads if cutting the hair shaft would make it come back thicker.”  So let us put the myth to rest and Happy grooming!

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6 Tips for Maintaining an Epic Beard

Whether you’re a once-bearded man returning to this nostalgic look or it’s your first time growing a beard, you want to know how to maintain it and what razors to use to create your desired shape. Check out these five tips to guide you through the process of maintaining an epic beard.

Grow Well

1.Let It Grow

If you’re just getting back in the beard-growing game, it’s essential to have patience and grow out your beard. Aim to grow at least one inch of a beard over the course of two to three months so you have a decent amount of hair to shape. To help you get through the inevitable itching phase, use a beard oil or a stubble softener to moisturise your new grown hair.

Groom Well

2. Shampoo and Condition Your Beard

The hair on your beard is the same as the hair on your head, so it makes sense to treat it in a similar manner. You don’t skip washing your hair, so you shouldn’t forgo washing your beard. Neglecting your beard can lead to unwanted bacteria and germs making a home in the hairy fuzz underneath your chin. Also, your hair may get knotted and brittle. That’s why you want to make sure you shampoo and condition your beard at least a few times a week.

Rather than simply lathering it with soap, give your beard the star treatment you give the hair on your head. Opt for a shampoo that moisturises your beard to keep it from getting too dry.

You also want a conditioner that gives your beard the hydration it needs. Consider using a leave-in conditioner to keep in moisturised throughout the day.

3. Polish It Up With Oil

Give your beard the ultimate finished look by combing through it and hydrating it with beard oil. This makes your beard soft so that it’s easier to comb and feels smooth against your skin.

Style It

4. Keep the Right Tools on Hand

Keeping up with your epic beard requires an artillery of epic tools. Okay, maybe not epic, but you certainly don’t want to be without your essential hair-trimming accessories. Have a comb and a pair of scissors on hand to shape your beard, especially if your look mirrors the long beards of the mid-19th century.

Electric trimmers are also helpful tools for shaping your facial beard edges. You can use long and small guards to control stray hairs and for neck hair trimming. Your razors also come in handy for shaving the cheeks of your face.

5. Taper Your Beard at the Neckline

When your schedule is busy, but you want to keep your beard tamed, you need to take steps that reduce your maintenance time. Tapering the hair at the neckline makes it easier to keep up with your epic beard. You also reap the benefit of a look that’s natural so you don’t appear like an eccentric Christmas character from the North Pole. You can use a razor to trim the beard hair on your neck. Concentrate on the area between your Adam’s apple and your collar bone.

6. Keep Your Cheeks in Check With a Razor

Maintaining your beard calls for keeping up with the hair growth on your cheeks. You can keep your cheek hair under control and get a closer shave if you use a razor, such as the Dorco Pace razor range. Make sure you use fresh, sharp blades for a better cut. However, be careful and avoid shaving your cheeks too deeply to keep your look natural.

By following these tips, you can make it easy to keep up with your epic beard. Use the right tools, use a sharp razor, and keep your beard combed and oiled for an epic look.

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4 Tips to Make Your Tan Last Longer

You’ve worked hard for that tan, putting in long hours sunbathing in the local park, wearing shorts every day, or even heading to the Mediterranean in search of some sun. It’s understandable that you want to make your new bronzed look last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help you keep your tan longer.

1. Shave, Don’t Wax

 

There’s a misconception that shaving causes a tan to fade more quickly. The truth is, you cannot “shave” your tan. The act of shaving removes the top layer of dead skin cells, making your skin glow!  However, waxing can cause a tan to fade faster than usual, as it strips away the top layer of skin. That top layer of cells that you’ve worked hard to tan is pulled away along with the hair, leaving you hairless but pale. Hair removal creams can also strip away the top layer of skin, so it’s best to stick to shaving while you’re trying to stretch out your summer tan.

2. Moisturise

When skin gets dry, the top layer begins to form flakes that fall off, exposing the fresh white skin underneath. Keep the top layer of your skin in good condition by applying a moisturiser every day. For best results, bring your favourite moisturiser on holiday with you and apply it every morning and evening. Keep up this routine when you get home to maintain your skin soft and extend the lifetime of your tan.

3. Hydrate Well

 

If you let yourself become dehydrated, all the moisturiser in the world isn’t going to keep your skin in good condition. Keep your skin well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Remember that in summer you sweat more than usual, so it’s important to make up for the water you lose. Keep a bottle of water by your desk and take frequent sips.

4. Fake It Once You’ve Made It

Eventually, your summer tan will start to fade. At this point, you have three choices: take another trip to a sunny climate for a tan top-up, use a sunbed, or use a fake tanning product to supplement your real tan. For many people, fake tan is the most convenient and affordable option. Select a lightly tinted skin product and start applying it as soon as you notice your tan starting to fade — or even earlier if you want to take a proactive approach. Regularly applying a very light fake tan product will help to keep your skin pigmentation even throughout the autumn and winter.

Key Takeaway

We at Dorco think you’re perfect just how you are, but we know some of you love to look tanned. If you’re one of those bronze-loving beauties, we have good news for you: your summer tan isn’t doomed to fade as soon as you return from the beach. The top layer of skin sheds approximately every two weeks, so to ensure that all your skin cells are at the start of the cycle, have a shave and scrub before you tan.  After tan, keep your skin looking bronzed and beautiful by shaving rather than waxing, drinking plenty of water, moisturising every day and — when all else fades — using fake tan to keep your skin looking darker for longer.

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FRESHER-FACED: GET OFF TO THE SMOOTHEST START AT UNI

Newly launched Dorco razor range offers subscription service delivering straight to your halls

Whether you’re still celebrating your exam results, or lamenting the final weeks of your summer travels, the biggest adventure of your life is about to start as you head off to university.

With fresher’s week quickly approaching, be the sharpest student in halls with the best new razors in town.  Dorco razors are brand new to the UK and offer amazing value, high quality blades that you can even get delivered straight to your door, leaving you fresh-faced and ready for the chaos ahead!

The Dorco PACE 3 ‘Signature’ razor is the most affordable in the range from just £3.90*.  It’s the perfect choice for daily shaving with three ultra-sharp blades and a lubricating strip with Chamomile, Olive Oil and Allantoin to calm partied-out skin.

The Dorco Pace 4 is the ultimate ‘all-rounder’, a steal from £4.90*.  The durable 4-blades and premium rubber guard bar provide an effortless shave that hits those hard-to-reach areas.

With six ultra-sharp diamond hard coated blades, the Dorco Pace 6 Plus, from £5.95*, offers a world-class shaving experience with enhanced durability. For student’s that want a hassle-free shave, the Pace 6 Plus also has a non-slip handle for secure grip and a vitamin infused moisturising strip to leave your face feeling smooth and great to touch (or great for someone else to touch).

What’s more, with the Dorco Pace 6 Plus trimmer blade, you can quickly neaten up your sideburns and beard if you don’t want to lose the ‘student look’ entirely.  Or for a deeper shave, the wide guard bar will perfectly prep hairs.

Not only do Dorco offer exceptional value including free delivery and a free handle with every subscription plan, they also bring with it over 60 years of expertise – so you don’t have to worry about wasting your pretty pennies on anything other than beer, beer, beer.  And maybe a few books.

Order from Dorco UK’s online shop at www.razorsbydorco.co.uk as a one-off purchase, or be the most organised fresher in halls by arranging delivery to your new door via the flexible online subscription service.

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*Current offer price on razorsbydorco.co.uk

About Dorco PACE 3

  • Triple blade shaving technology
  • Includes two 3-blade replacement cartridges
  • Built-in rubber fin to prep hair
  • Pivoting head for flexibility
  • Dermatologically tested moisturising strip with Aloe Vera
  • Non-slip rubber handle
  • Can be used with any PACE replacement cartridges
  • Seamless construction with angled blades
  • Open blade architecture for ultimate “rinse-ability”
  • Classic blue and grey design

 

About Dorco PACE 4

  • Includes two 4-blade replacement cartridges
  • Built-in rubber fin to prep hair
  • Pivoting head for flexibility
  • Dermatologically tested moisturising strip with Chamomile
  • Non-slip rubber handle
  • Can be used with any PACE replacement blades
  • Seamless construction with angled blades
  • Open blade architecture for ultimate “rinse-ability”
  • Sleek black and white design

 
About Dorco PACE 6 Plus

  • Six-blade system razor
  • Wide guard bar to prep hair
  • Trimmer blade
  • Pivoting head for flexibility
  • Dermatologically tested moisturising strip with Vitamin E
  • Non-slip rubber handle
  • Seamless construction with angled blades
  • Open blade architecture for ultimate “rinse-ability”
  • Includes two 6-blade replacement cartridges
  • Sleek grey and lime green design

 
About DORCO

DORCO is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products. Razors by DORCO is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK market, including an ultra-sharp six-blade shaving system, as well as DORCO’s innovative and patented common docking system.  With over 60 years of expertise in offering advanced blade technology, DORCO offers a flexible subscription service on their superior quality razors and replacement blades.

For more information please contact:

Rupert Esdaile – REsdaile@golin.com/020 7067 0288

Sara Hailan – shailan@golin.com/ 020 7067

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Beard Trends for 2016 and Maintenance Tips

Beards are back in fashion like never before. In fact, there may be more young men with beards than without them. But like all fashion trends, the shape and style of beards in 2016 are slightly different from during previous years.

The overriding trend is for slightly shorter beards. Whereas big and bushy were in for 2014 and 2015, neat and trimmed are leading the way this year. Walk along any street in the UK today, and you’ll see that the beard is still alive and well.

If you want to stay on trend and create a sculpted beard for 2016, here are some eye-catching styles you might want to emulate.

The Classic Short Beard

The short, well-maintained beard is the perfect blend of smart and individualistic. A short beard will also take relatively little maintenance to keep it looking fantastic.

Aim for the hairs to grow to a length of around one centimetre. Any less, and you’ll be in stubble territory. Any more, and you’ll be dangerously close to bushy. For the best look, your short beard should follow the angles of your cheek and jaw bones. It might be a good idea to leave the hairs on your chin a tiny bit longer, since this length will elongate your face and create the pronounced, manly chin you’ve always wanted.

There are some excellent variable-length shavers on the market today, which are designed specifically for maintaining short beards. However, weekly trims at home or at the barber’s will also do the trick. Use a set of fine detailers to create a distinctive line parallel to your jaw, and don’t forget to keep your skin in good condition, too. Moisturising regularly is essential.

Stubble

Stubble is the beard trend that simply won’t go away. However, it always looks best on relatively chiseled faces. Whether you’re still blessed with colour or have gone completely grey, you know stubble never fails to deliver that smouldering, sexy look. Just take a look at George Clooney for proof.

The great thing about stubble is that maintaining it is often a simple matter of a quick once-over with a variable-length shaver. Just don’t let your beard hairs grow longer than half a centimetre, otherwise you’re headed firmly into full beard territory.

Again, you should use the bone structure of your own face to determine where your stubble should start and end. Continue to shave your neck and upper cheeks with a razor, or you could end up looking like you simply can’t be bothered to shave.

The Moustache

Yes, it’s back! After years of derision and parody, the moustache is making a comeback in 2016. Inspired by the emergence of hipster culture, the humble moustache is now back on the upper lip of men all over Europe.

However, the 21st century moustache is a little different to its 1970s cousin. The latest version is part of a beard: The hair on your upper lip should be left around twice the length of the hair on the rest of your face. Before you take the plunge, though, make sure you address your overall style. A moustache isn’t always the way to go if you’re a T-shirt and trainers type of guy.

You’ll need to be patient to grow a great moustache. Allow at least six months for the hair on your upper lip to grow in properly, keep your growing moustache clean, and comb it regularly. Once it grows to a decent length, apply wax to it and straighten it every day.

The ‘Russian’ Beard

While bushy beards are being consigned to the annals of fashion history, there is still a place for the ‘Russian’ beard. This look involves sharp lines and short hair length on the face, but a much longer, straightened section of beard on the chin.

If you want to give your chin definition, or perhaps hide unwanted additional chins, you might find this beard is the look for you. However, you’ll need the ability to grow a full beard without gaps to make it work.

To grow this fuller type of beard, you’ll need to start at least six months beforehand. The majority of the growth will be around your chin, so you’ll have to stop trimming this area completely. As your beard grows, continue to maintain its lines, and create a relatively low line on the cheeks. Don’t be put off if your face takes on an unkempt appearance during the growing process; just keep your beard clean, moisturised and combed.

Once you have the length, your beard should taper off on your chin in the shape of a triangle. To maintain its shape, apply a styling paste to your beard when it’s damp, and blow dry it into shape whilst combing it. This process will make your beard appear longer and help to keep its shape for longer.

Of course, anything goes in the world of fashion these days. Whether you want 1950s sideburns or an ultra-thin goatee, make sure you have the tools and time to maintain your facial hair on a daily basis.

 

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4 Home Remedies That Work Best for Reducing Ingrown Hairs

4 Home Remedies That Work Best for Reducing Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs aren’t just a male thing. If you’re shaving or waxing, then you’re likely to get ingrown hairs, too. The problem with this is that ingrown hairs can make your skin feel uncomfortable. These ingrown hairs are also the culprits behind pimples, and if you have sensitive skin or curly hair, you’re even more prone to getting these unsightly raised abscesses.
Are you tired of seeing them pop up after your hair grows back, but don’t know how you can reduce these irritable bumps? Check out the best home remedies to help women reduce ingrown hairs.

1. Use Aloe Vera Gel to Keep Your Skin Cool

The soothing feel of the aloe vera plant offers near-instant comfort when you’re trying to get rid of after-shave ingrown hairs. This plant has active cooling and anti-inflammatory properties and works as an efficient moisturiser, which makes it ideal for alleviating any discomfort. Use just a few dollops of aloe vera gel — the main component of the aloe vera plant’s leaf — to curtail the swelling that ingrown hairs bring.

2. Take Action With Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has many uses for treating skin, such as fighting dandruff and treating acne. So, it’s no surprise that you can use tea tree oil to treat ingrown hairs. This natural astringent aids in treating ingrown hairs by loosening up the hair follicles. The best thing about using tea tree oil is that you only need a small amount to get big results.

3. Witch Hazel Will Work Wonders

Similar to tea tree oil, witch hazel is a natural astringent that you can use as a method to treat ingrown hairs. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities make it an ideal selection for keeping ingrown hairs at bay. Just apply witch hazel to a cotton pad, and use it to soothe those irritating bumps.

4. Mollify With Manuka Honey

When decreasing the appearance of annoying ingrown hairs is a priority, you can count on the antibacterial characteristics of manuka honey. This anti-inflammatory home remedy includes glucose oxidase, which is an enzyme that makes the honey acidic and a great source for swelling reduction. Additionally, the high content of sugar in manuka honey produces an environment without water, which makes it difficult for the bacteria that gathers in your ingrown hair follicles to thrive. These properties combine to not only relieve your skin from discomfort but keep it clean as well.

Take Preventative Measures to Avoid Ingrown Hairs

How can we prevent the problem of ingrown hairs in the first place? If shaving is mandatory for you, make sure you take care of your tools and prepare your skin. For example, moisturising your skin is key to avoiding ingrown hairs. Make sure you soak your skin with water before you shave and then with lotion after you get rid of unwanted hairs. Additionally, replace your razor before it gets too dull to avoid ingrown hairs caused by dull blades. Dull razors will no longer cut the hair, but rather they will pull at the hair, sometimes yanking from the root. This can irritate the follicle, as well as introduce unwanted bacteria into the follicle.
Ingrown hairs can be a real issue, but you don’t have to struggle without relief. The next time ingrown hairs become a problem for your skin, keep these tips in mind. You’ll be thankful for every day you have with pain-free and glowing skin!

 

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A Sharp Turn: Why and When Women First Started Shaving

These days, sleek skin for women is the norm. It’s increasingly shocking to see women with unshaven armpits or legs –letting body hair grow is almost a sign of rebellion since it pretty much goes without saying that ladies will have smooth-shaven legs, underarms and even bikini areas. But it must not have always been that way… when did things change, and why? Was it, as some women assert, male oppression, or simply a shift in fashion trends? Read on to discover more about this fascinating beauty trend and how it became the ideal for women.

The Beginnings

As it turns out, hair removal for women was a common practice in
ancient civilizations. Egyptian women were known to shave or wax all their body hair, including their heads. Ancient Rome, Greece and Middle Eastern civilizations had similar beauty standards (though they typically kept the hair on their heads). Women who had clean-shaven bodies were seen as of a higher class, so many methods of removal existed, from scraping hair with stones (ouch!), to using beeswax, tweezers or primitive razors.

Hair Removal Through the Ages

The Middle Ages didn’t see much in the way of hair removal for women because, let’s face it, they had way bigger fish to fry. However, the Elizabethan era saw a trend that required women to remove their eyebrows to give the appearance of a longer brow. Though this died out toward the end of the 1600s, in the following centuries ladies still felt the need to remove any unsavory hair from their faces (i.e., on the chin or neck), which led to extreme measures like depilatory creams or vinegar substances to kill the hair. The high-coverage fashions of the day didn’t require women to do much about body hair, however.

Modern Evolution

The first photographic representation of a woman with a hairless armpit was in a Harper’s Bazaar issue from 1915. Styles were becoming much more revealing, and thus necessitated the need for clean-shaven underarms. The sleeveless dresses were just the tip of the hair-removal iceberg, however – a couple decades later, the hemlines shortened to unprecedented heights and the need for sheared legs became a reality. This led to the development of razors specifically for women – and thank goodness, because rocks and beeswax just don’t seem at all appealing.

The Pubic-Trimming Trend

So it seems fashion trends have much to do with body hair removal practices… but what about pubic hair? The practice may have actually developed in the Middle East, where new brides would remove all their body hair, nether-regions included, to prepare for their wedding night. The trend in the modern era may have been spurred on by the popularity of the bikini, which became the beachwear of choice starting in the 1970’s. As bathing suits and panties have gotten smaller, so has the body hair lessened in response. It’s now unusual for women not to have trimmed or fully removed pubic hair!

The fashion and beauty standards of each historical era have all included hair removal of some form or another. Thankfully, as people and practices developed, so did hair removal technology. Today, no matter where you want to shave, you can do it quickly and safely. And aren’t you glad you no longer have to resort to scraping off hair with rocks?

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