Yesterday I told my flatmate that I was thinking of clean shaving, I did this as a way to sow seeds so that it wouldn’t come as sure a surprise; as I haven’t clean shaved in about four years. Mainly because (as a guy) I think I suit a bit of stubble on the old face. When I told him this, he also said that he was thinking of doing the same, so we’ve made it in to a bit of a competition called The Beard off Beard on. Where basically whoevers beard grows back first wins. I’m going to win, and this may sound weird especially after what I wrote last night, but I’ve always been proud of my ability to grow a beard, proud of this one manly thing I can do. Clean shaving has been something I’ve put off doing since I began this whole embrace the trans thing, partly because I do actually quite like my stubble and also because… well I’m not sure why to be honest. Something inside me was hesitant to do it, but I used the competition as a way to take the plunge. And I have to say shaving is as horrible as I remember it being. One of the reason I stopped doing it to begin with was because I have quite sensitive skin and shaving always irritated it; this hasn’t changed in four years. Also because I normally trim my stubble quite close to my face, when I do bother to trim, I personally don’t see a big difference in how I look. I shaved as close as I could without going against the grain, as that’s one sure fire way to guarantee that my face would break out red, blotchy, itchy post-shaving hell. Below are a before and after shot. The before is about a weeks growth.
As my flatmate was still in bed I took the opportunity to try a bit of concealer over my chin, granted the only concealer I own is for around the eyes, but I thought I’d try in anyway out of curiosity. To be honest it didn’t conceal very much, you could still clearly see where my facial hair grows which I expected. On the plus side for a first time shot in the dark at buying concealer online I am very pleased with how well it matched my complexion.