Father’s Day Gift Ideas: 7 Perfect Presents For Every Dad

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: 7 Perfect  Presents For Every Dad

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start planning presents for your dad. (For those a little late to the game this year, Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 17). After all, he is the first man in your life and the one who is always in your corner. He deserves a special day that’s all about appreciating him and letting him relax. With the Father’s Day gift ideas below, your dad will be able to do just that.

From a unique kitchen knife set to the infamous “dad chair,” here at Royal Shave, we’ve compiled a list of the seven perfect Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad.

1 Up his cooking game with the Damascus Steel Chef/Kitchen Knife Set.

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Whether your dad prefers a perfectly seasoned steak or a fresh salad, a set of powerful knives are necessary for preparation. Your dad is not a basic dad so he does not deserve a basic set of knives. Splurge for something a little more unique.

The rustic knife set above is perfect. Sold by Vintage Gentleman, the Damascus Steel Chef/Kitchen Knife Set ($325.99) contains seven high-quality knives.

While the knives may be a little pricey, the top reviews suggest the “stunning knives” are worth it. One customer who gave the product a five-star review wrote, “From the photos, I knew these were beautiful knives, but I wasn’t expecting the level of intricate detail and craftsmanship when I actually saw these in person! These were not cheap, but man am I pleased!”

2 Take him for a ride on the High Roller in Vegas.

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Instead of spending money on a present, surprise your dad with an experience. Since Father’s Day falls at the beginning of summer, a fun trip in the sun is a great alternative. And who can resist the allure of Vegas?

Even if your dad is not the gambling type, Vegas has plenty else to offer. Take him to see an intense magic show or for a ride on the High Roller, the ferris wheel shown above. He definitely won’t be disappointed as he sips his complimentary drink and sees breath-taking views of the party city in the desert.

For more Vegas deals and promotions, check out Vegas.com.

3 Shape up his scruff with the Royal Shave Edwin Jagger Razor Set.

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When it comes to Father’s Day gift ideas, don’t get lost in new shirts and shoes and forget your dad’s best style weapon: his face. Invest in maintaining his mane with a precision shaving kit.

The Royal Shave Edwin Jagger Razor Set ($120) contains everything your dad will need for wet shaving. This includes the Edwin Jagger DE86 Double Edge Razor, Royal Shave PB2 Best Badger Shaving Brush and stand, shaving cream, a lathering bowl and extra blades.

In addition, the kit incorporates aloe vera into the shaving cream. The “miracle plant” works well to reduce irritants like inflammation and acne and moisturize skin.

4 Buy the ultimate “dad chair” so he can kick back and watch the game.

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No one knows how relaxing it feels to collapse into a comfortable leather chair after working all day better than your dad. When it comes to Father’s Day gift ideas, show him your major appreciation by easing his sore back and feet.

Picking the perfect “dad chair” is not easy. However, recliner, leather and zero gravity options are all great for class and comfort. Seal the deal with his favorite beer or whiskey on his arm-side table and you’ll be sure to earn the title of favorite child.

To find the best chair, check out sales at furniture stores like Living Spaces and Ashley.

5 Frame his favorite family photos.

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Part of being a dad is getting to brag about how cool your kids are. Make his task a little easier by putting together a collage of your favorite times together. How will his buddies top that thrilling white river rafting trip you took together last summer or the cabin deck you built together in the mountains? You’ll both get a chance to relive those special moments every time you look at the wall.

This is also great for mother’s with young children looking to surprise their husbands for their first few Father’s Days. Schedule a photoshoot like the one above and give your hubby the perfect way to remember how cute his kids are before they grow up.

6 Keep his hair shiny and healthy by investing in Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Even if he’s already hit the gray stage, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. It’s time to teach your dad the harmful nature of sulfates and other damaging drugstore chemicals plaguing his current shampoo and conditioner.

Instead of harsh ingredients, opt for the Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Shampoo and Conditioner ($18 each). Not only do the products incorporate a fresh lemongrass scent, they also soften bristles with coconut oil.

Like any typical man, this shampoo and conditioner is also preferable because it doubles as a body wash. Simple and sweet, these versatile products will be easy to add to your dad’s routine without changing too much.

7 Get the TV that will make his house the place to be on “Game Day.”

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Every man wants to have the television set that makes all his neighbors and friends jealous. Let your dad be the coolest guy on the block by investing in a high-quality TV.

In 2018, Samsung and Sony are among the top brands for televisions. Really make his day by upping the size to 65 inches or upgrading to a LED screen. With his new TV and your mom’s hors d’oeuvres, his friends will practically be lining up to buy tickets for your couch instead of the stadium.

Check out Best Buy for the latest television deals.

No matter which Father’s Day gift ideas you decide on, your dad will surely appreciate your presents and the fact that you’re the special person who made him a father.

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How to Exfoliate Your Face For the Cleanest and Closest Shave

How to Exfoliate Your Face For the Cleanest and Closest Shave

When you head to the bathroom to shave your face, oftentimes the only thought on your mind is removing extra hair. However, there is an important step that you should consider before lathering up your shaving cream. It’s called exfoliation. When you exfoliate, you penetrate pores deeply to remove any outstanding dirt or grease, providing the cleanest shave and healthiest skin.

While this may still be an unfamiliar step to add to your routine, learning how to exfoliate does not have to be hard. Here at Royal Shave, we researched and detailed the best products and techniques to exfoliate your face.

Why should I exfoliate my face?

Exfoliation is important for both men and women who are seeking skin with a healthy glow. Whether it is makeup or a beard on top, you want your face to act as the perfect base.

Most exfoliants come in the form of a scrub with beads or pumice to gently scratch away the top layer of skin. In doing so, you remove buildup of dead skin skills that clog pores and causes skin imperfections. In addition, this process also helps unearth ingrown hairs trapped under the skin.

Therefore, when you exfoliate you leave your skin smoother, softer and more conducive to additional treatments you put on your face.

Why is this important before shaving?

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Exfoliating is especially important before shaving because dead skin cells, oil and other debris can easily clog razors, making them less effective during the process. This can lead to the development of acne and razor burn and cause beard patchiness.

In addition to giving you an uneven shave, this is also bad news for your razor because it will decrease its longevity, dulling blades quicker.

Which exfoliation products work best?

When it comes to choosing products, you should first consider which facial scrub to add to your collection. Depending on your skin type, choose a product that will gently exfoliate without damaging your skin. Next, investing in a brush to apply your shaving cream is useful because it acts as an additional exfoliant.

Choosing an Exfoliator

If you have normal or oily skin, try an exfoliator that utilizes glycolic acid, which works to dissolve the top layer of the skin. This will leave your skin feeling fresher and looking brighter because it encourages cell repair to decrease scarring, discoloration and other complexion imperfections. Billy Jealous Assassin Deep Exfoliating Scrub is the strongest of the brand’s three scrubs. It deeply penetrates and cleans skin impurities, making further treatments more effective.

On the other hand, if you have sensitive or dry skin, glycolic acid may be too strong. Instead, try a gentler option like a product with hydroxy acids. Triumph & Disaster Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub is an all natural exfoliator with a woody fragrance. Its blend of volcanic ash and green clay works well to remove sebum from the skin, which causes blackheads.

Choosing a brush

Next, it is important to consider how you will be applying your shaving cream. While your hands are one option, adding a brush to your routine will help evenly distribute the product and provide additional exfoliation. This is because a brush can move product into your skin better than your fingers and dislodge any leftover impurities.

The Simpsons Chubby Best Badger Brush is a great option for lathering and spreading shaving cream with ease. Made from dense badger fur, the brush’s bristles glide across the skin, gently removing anything your exfoliating scrub may have missed.

How do I exfoliate my face?

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Now that you have all the information and products ready, it is finally time to exfoliate your face and get to shaving. Following these steps will lead you to the smoothest shave and healthiest skin possible.

  1. Start by opening your pores. This can be achieved through taking a hot shower, washing your face with hot water or using a steamed towel.
  2. Next, wash your face normally with the facial cleanser in your routine.
  3. Use your fingers to apply your exfoliator, rubbing it into your skin in circular motions. Dirt and dead skin should begin to lift away.
  4. Wash the paste away with lukewarm water.

If you are only looking to exfoliate your face, you can stop after this step. To finish this process, you should rinse your face off with cold water to close your pores and apply a light moisturizer to repair any sensitivity caused by scrubbing.

However, if you are combining this process with your shaving routine, continue on with the following steps to maximize exfoliation.

  1. Use your badger brush to lather shaving cream in a bowl.
  2. Apply the shaving cream with your brush in circular motions, pressing firmly against the skin to remove any additional irritants.
  3. Continue on with your shaving routine.

After completing all the steps, your face will be brighter, smoother and you will notice a big improvement in your shaving results.

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Aloe Vera Benefits: How the Miracle Plant Heals and Protects Your Skin

Aloe Vera Benefits: How the Miracle Plant Heals and Protects Your Skin

Aloe vera is often deemed the “miracle plant.” But what exactly makes the sticky green plant so special? Aloe vera benefits are plentiful and can aid skin quality, hair growth and overall health in the form of gels, topical creams, liquids to digest or straight from the plant.

To start off, using aloe vera is not a new treatment. Aloe is a succulent that has been used as an herbal alternative to medicine for over 2,000 years. Other evidence suggests aloe use extends as far back as 6,000 years. This stems from documentation of the plant found in ancient Egypt art and alongside dead pharaohs referring to it as the “plant of immortality.”

Aloe vera gel is best at improving the quality of skin because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here at Royal Shave, we broke down all the reasons aloe vera benefits your skin and how you can best incorporate it into your shaving routine.

Aloe vera benefits for skin

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While aloe vera gel is most commonly used to treat sunburns, its properties are also useful for other skin-related issues. Instead of just treating a temporary issue, aloe vera helps fight skin issues before they reappear in the future.

1. Aloe vera benefits you by helping you heal.

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First, aloe vera is beneficial when treating mild to moderate first degree burns and sunburns that damage the first layer of skin. While this damage is less serious and treatable, it still causes redness and discomfort.

The clear gel in aloe vera steps in to repair tissues and increase blood flow with its enzymes. In addition, antibacterial properties in the gel help fight off infection. Moreover, aloe aids the regeneration of cells and hydrates the skin, increasing its elasticity during the healing process.

Some evidence like the 2009 research study published in “Surgery Today” shows that aloe vera gel is even effective in treating some second degree burns. In fact results showed participants healed three days faster than those using silver sulfadiazine cream.

2. Aloe vera benefits you by reducing acne.

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Burns aren’t the only issue that aloe vera benefits help erase. Aloe vera’s antibacterial properties are also useful for cleaning the skin and removing irritants that clog pores and cause acne. In conjunction, ingredients like salicylic acid help to kill off the harmful bacteria.

In addition, aloe vera contains the hormones Auxin and Gibberellins that have anti-inflammatory characteristics that speed up the healing process and reduce scarring.

A 1998 research study shows that aloe vera helped to increase collagen development, which is useful when treating wounds or acne scarring.

3. Aloe vera benefits you by moisturizing your skin.

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Aloe vera gel is also great for adding moisture to your skin. In fact, it may be so great that it wards off cancer. Specifically, studies linked the use of aloe vera gel to halting the progression of skin cancer. This is likely due to the increased production of melanin and extended skin protection that aloe provides.

In addition, when you use sun block or after sun products containing aloe, you are not only protecting yourself from the effects of a single burn but also from that burn later developing into skin cancer.

4. Aloe vera benefits you by slowing the effects of aging.

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While moisture is beneficial against serious issues like cancer, it also benefits you aesthetically. In addition to it’s other properties, aloe vera contains Vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins work together to hydrate your skin and slow the effects of aging. What this means for your skin is less wrinkles.

Aloe vera is also especially helpful in the wintertime when your skin easily dries out. The added moisture will have your skin feeling soft and healthy again in no time.

5. Aloe vera benefits you by fighting skin irritation.

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Some dry skin issues are related to more serious problems like eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera is also useful in battling these ailments.

Due to the combination of fatty acids and the enzyme bradykinin, the skin irritation is able to subside more quickly. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties also help the healing process become less stressful.

In addition to reducing itch and infection, aloe is also used with medicine to fight eczema. For instance, some research suggests combining aloe with hydrocortisone to combat flare-ups.

Aloe vera benefits when shaving

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So, how does aloe vera apply to shaving? Aloe vera is useful for every step of the process. For instance, including aloe vera as an ingredient in your cleansers, oils and creams will maintain moisture and healthy skin before, throughout and after your shave.

Step One: washing your face

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Washing your face is an important step because it helps remove any dirt and debris from your facial hair before shaving.

Using a softening conditioner like the Zeus Beard Conditioner (8 oz. / $16) provides moisture along with other aloe vera benefits.

In addition, this conditioner contains jojoba and avocado oils to further increase moisture and reduce breakage.

The added aloe vera ingredient will also work with Pro-Vitamin B5 to fight away dryness and dandruff.

 

Step Two: pre-shave prep

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Pre-shave is particularly useful for men who suffer from razor burn, scars,  tough growth or shave bumps.

Using a product like the Castle Forbes Pre-Shave (5 oz. / $40) offers a water-based formula. This means it will not leave an oil residue that clogs your razor.

The combination of aloe vera, Vitamin E and chamomile extract gently pushes the hair away from your face. As a result, it is easier for your razor to glide over stubborn areas.

 

Step Three: the shave

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When it comes down to the time to actually introduce your razor to your facial hair, using a shave gel instead of a foaming cream allows for a closer and more precise shave.

To further explain, gels are more likely to have a clear consistency. This makes it easier to see where you are trimming and helps avoid mistakes. Take for instance the product Zirh Shave Gel (100 ml / $15).

This gel combines aloe vera gel with glycerin, which is great for exfoliating the skin, shrinking pores and most notably adding moisture to combat dryness.

Step Four: after shave

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After shave is not only great for leaving a pleasant scent after your shave, but also to help treat sensitive skin and tone redness.

That’s where aloe vera steps in. For example, the Musgo Real After Shave (100 ml / $49.95) uses aloe to soothe the skin while hamamelis tones it.

Hamamelis, also referred to as “witch hazel” is great for fighting inflammation and viruses. In addition, it helps tighten the skin while still maintaining moisture and providing sun protection.

Step Five: further care

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Caring for your skin and your beard does not stop with after shave. It is important to maintain moisture and protection in your weekly routine.

Adding a beard balm to your routine will help maintain moisture and help protect the skin underneath your beard.

Zeus Beard Balm (2 oz. / $22) helps fight dreaded beard itch, protects the skin from free radicals and offers light hold for styling.

 

FOR MORE BEARD TIPS CHECK OUT: “How to Grow Your Beard Faster and Fuller Than Your Friends.”

Grooming Artist News Roundup: January 2018

Refreshing the calendar at the stroke of midnight naturally gets most of us thinking about new goals. Rather than setting a lofty resolution (say, running a 5K when the flight of stairs at work already has you working up a sweat), let’s start with some basics. If getting in shape is among your New Year’s resolutions, Ask Men has an easy-to-follow guide for building a routine that you’ll actually stick to.

If you resolve to get a more comfortable, cleaner shave this year, you’re in luck: we’ve found several helpful articles on everything from eliminating razor bumps to trying alternative methods to literally smooth out the edges of your shave. Did you know lathering your shaving brush upside down preserves your shaving soap?

And there’s no improving your shave without attention to skincare. The New York Times offers a totally painless article on winter skincare. Simple changes like using a humidifier and applying sunscreen send dry, flaky skin packing.

Here’s to a fabulous, well-groomed new year!

-All of us at RoyalShave

6 ways to combat razor bumps. (GQ)

13 grooming resolutions for the new year. (GQ)

We spy the Merkur 34C: Telegraph UK has unveiled its list of the 10 best wet shave razors for men. (Telegraph UK)

5 easy winter skincare tips to protect your skin from the elements. (The New York Times)

Do you shave before or after you shower? We argue the pros and cons of both. (Grooming Artist)

Sharpologist suggests several methods for smoothing out your shave, including some you may not have thought of before. (Sharpologist)

Getting in shape for the new year doesn’t have to be a chore. Ask Men lays down how to build a weekly workout routine that fits your schedule and goals. (AskMen)

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