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Clean-shaven is the hot look for men this summer, and achieving it is easier than ever with Gillette Fusion Proglide razors, especially the Flexball line! Come along on my #CollectiveBias adventure as my ever-patient youngest son tries it out for me 🙂
My fifteen-year-old son’s first homework assignment of the year included documenting his family tree. Lucky for him I had a book in the cedar chest Michael and I had been given as a wedding gift. It included space not only for an extensive family tree, but sports family members played, degrees conferred, and details of military service. Both sides of our family have plenty of military men, but here are a couple of my favorite in-uniform pictures that hang on the gallery wall in our living room:
Michael’s grandfather is to the left and his father to the right. His eldest brother is also retired from the Air Force, and one of our nieces is engaged to a handsome Marine 🙂 Although the military does not require its members to be clean-shaven every branch has strict rules about grooming and maintenance. It’s just one tiny part of the discipline, courage, and dedication our men and women in the Armed Forces display every day in not just their appearance, but their thoughts and behavior. One of the most touching moments of my eldest son’s college graduation was when those graduates who would be entering the Armed Forces came forward to be sworn in. I hoped that all the other graduates that day understood how much they would be depending on the young men and women in front of them to protect them, their families, and their way of life in the years to come.
With that on my mind as I went shopping at Walmart, looking for Gillette’s new Flexball razor (you’ll find it near the Pharmacy, by the way)
I wondered if there was a certain brand of razors, deodorant, etc that was supplied to deployed troops, if everyone brought their own, or how that worked. I’ll have to ask my brother-in-law. Anyway, if you’re making your own selection (at least at my local Walmart) you’ll see an almost overwhelming number of options!
I checked out the endcap display first, and when I turned the corner to look at the rest of the display I was greeted by this:
Being the nerd that I am, I had to hang around long enough to figure out if it was motion-activated or on a constant loop. This involved me standing around the corner and peering at it for several cycles. (It wasn’t motion-activated, I deduced) By this time my fellow shoppers were giving me a wide berth, which was fine. I had the aisle all to myself to make my decision. That was good, since there was everything from the most basic Flexball razor to a battery-powered one, to this one, which would surely meet anyone’s man-scaping needs for a #SmoothSummer.
Bargain shopper that I am, I had my coupons and sale ad handy.
Since I’d decided to use my fifteen-year-old as my guinea pig I selected one of the simpler razors, but one with battery power out of sheer curiosity. As any dermatologist will tell you, shaving and teen boys is a battle. There’s acne, patches of dry skin, areas of oily skin, overall sensitivity, and, if they aren’t diligent about sunscreen (and almost none of them are) sunburn. Here’s John – exhausted, sweaty, sunburned, scruffly, and too tired to even stand for a picture after a day at marching band camp. John’s the one if the foreground. That’s Boss in the background, and since I have to muzzle him for clipping nails I don’t think a shave is in his future.
Add to this mix a lack of experience and whiskers that grow in clumps rather than a beard-like pattern and it can be a recipe for disaster. Oh, and throw Mom taking pictures in – because that’s what every fifteen-year-old boy wants. Here’s the serious during-the-shave post. Notice the orange light on the handle is on – that’s the battery that makes the head of the razor vibrate slightly.
Considering all that, John’s experience with his new razor went extremely well. Soft as a baby’s bottom, no nicks, and no irritated patches. We have a winner! Mom-approved 🙂
As a matter of fact, my husband Michael was so impressed with the results that he bought himself the exact same model. He shaved in the morning, and his face was still so smooth that night that we had to close the doors to keep the dogs out – they both kept licking his face every time he started to fall asleep. Even dogs like their humans to have a smooth shave! And a gorgeous guy with a smooth shave is always in style. Just check out this Pinterest board:
I was pulled in by the pics of Ian Somerhalder from Vampire Diaries, my celebrity crush *blush*. So do you swoon over men in uniform? Scruffly? Clean-shaven? And if you’re the mom of a teen boy how do you deal with their special skin needs?