Gaining some momentum

Hey again.

It seems like the previous post was well received (well most of it at least), and I received some encouraging words from friends that was really great to hear.

I’ve decided to keep pushing and work on bringing another new post as soon as possible. Watch this space…

3 tips for a better shave

Today I want briefly focus on skincare, specifically men’s skincare. This is often a subject that is easily overlooked. A lot of men nowadays have great big bushy beards, and the skin underneath them is literally out of sight and out of mind.

For those that don’t have facial hair, the shavers out there, taking good care of your skin is much more important. Not only is it visible but it isn’t subject to the natural oils that facial hair brings.

Wet shave also means your skin is much more likely to become irritated and cut. All of this means taking care of it is vitally important. In this post I’ll be laying out my 3 key steps to ensuring that you have as good a shave as possible in terms of your skin.

The first step is key – good preparation. If you’ve got the time you’ll want to fill your sink with hot water and give your face a good splash. Doing this will help open up your pores making the shave quite a bit smoother. Alternatively you could run a hot shower and rinse your face. Either is fine.

Shaving Cream

Next gently dab your face with a soft towel. The next and possibly most crucial step is ensuring you are using the best shaver and cream.

In terms of wet shavers, you can’t go wrong by selecting anything from Gillette. Really great creams on the other hand are a bit harder to come by.

It’s important to find one that lathers really well (this way you won’t have to use so much), and has a great scent (so you keep the ladies happy).

Having wet shaved for around 20 years now, I can confidently say that I’ve probably tried well over 50 different creams over the years. My recent favourite I discovered only a few months ago. It’s called Percy Nobleman’s shaving cream and it smells incredible.

Once you’ve found your ideal razor and cream, it’s time for the shave. The method of exactly how you shave is incredibly important. It’s vital you go with the grain, and avoid snagging and persistent hairs. Doing this can lead to bleeding and skin damage.

There you have it. Follow these steps and a great shave will be the end result!

More on it’s way

Ok..I admit we’ve had a pretty forgettable start to 2018 when it comes to blog posting….but fear not! We’re determined to put it right. We have another post that should be live at some point early next week. Bookmark our site and make sure you come back then.

The Movement That Just Won’t Disappear

Hi everyone! I’m back 🙂

Most of you are no strangers to my blog and have been here since the beginning (and are hopefully in it for the long haul!). For those that are new to the party, you’ll quickly come to understand that the topic of men’s grooming is one of my favourite subjects to discuss. In fact my first two blog posts consisted of rambling on primarily this one subject.

I’m afraid to say that today’s post is going to follow suit (why buck a trend ay?). I want to discuss the popularity of the beard and why it doesn’t seem to be abating (or even close to abating!).

What could be the reason for this, you might ask? I believe the answer doesn’t necessarily lie in one place. Celebrity culture and social media has moved us all to become more conscious of our looks and outward appearance. Whether or not this is a good thing, I am still undecided on.

Despite this, it’s easy to sit back and marvel at the speed and effectiveness that this so called movement has had upon the male half of the western world. I’d go as far as saying that it’s likely there are more men out there with beards and facial hair than there are who are clean shaven!

popularity of the beard

They are so ubiquitous now, that most of the men in my family and close circle our sporting long and healthy beards – my boyfriend especially.

He’s a huge fan of his beard, but I am still not sure about it. I can’t decide whether he looks better with or without one. I sort of miss the days when he were clean shaven (it made him look younger!) but I dread to think what his response would be if I asked him to shave his beard off!

He’s also mad for all the products that come along with it, and has quite a nice little collection now. His favourite and most used product is definitely beard oil. He uses it every day without fail!

Anyway, enough of me rambling. Come back soon for more of the same. Thanks!

We’ll be back soon

After an extended break, I’ve spent a good deal of time over the last few weeks working on my third blog post. In it I discuss a number of things that are topical and important in this day and age. I don’t want to give too much away so please remember to visit in a few days and take a look.

How self-maintenance is slowly changing the world

Hello again folks. Last time out I took some time to discuss the social impact of the modern hipster. This time around I’m going to change the subject slightly and talk about how I believe we are slowly becoming more and more self-aware, especially in terms of our outwardly appearance and looks.

Both women and men alike are becoming more and more ‘image’ conscious. It is now not abnormal for a young man in his twenties to take between 30 minutes and an hour in the morning to get through his personal grooming regime. Nor is it abnormal for any young woman to spend up to 2 hours a day prepping and applying makeup (especially on the weekends).

This kind of behaviour is now ubiquitous and commonplace. In fact, if you’re the one that spends zero hours per week working on your looks then you may even be considered abnormal.

For women, makeup and skincare application has been around for decades. You’ll struggle to find a young woman who doesn’t know her way around a primer, or doesn’t know anything about the benefits of using a treatment serum.

 

men and women in front of the mirror

 

Men however, have taken a bit longer to show up to the party. It is only in recent years that men have turned this huge corner, and really started paying more attention to their looks (especially in terms of how they dress, how they style their hair, and lets not forget…how they style their facial hair).

This recent change has led to an uplift and surge in popularity of products designed to aid men through their grooming related troubles.   

So many strange and bizarre things have come onto the market in recent months. I’m no stranger to beards, and I’m comfortable admitting that I’ve dipped my toe into growing out my facial hair, and have come across lots of accessories that many would deem unnecessary.

One however, that I believe is completely necessary, and has actually got me out of a couple of sore spots in my time, are beard scissors.

Despite the fact that beard trimmers appear to be all the rage, and their technology is constantly evolving and developing each year, many men still prefer using a good old pair of scissors.

I’ve tried out quite a few in my time, and the ones above have proven to be my favourite pair.

There you are folks – That’s my two cents. If you’re erring onto the side of placing high importance on self grooming then getting a pair of facial hair scissors is a good place to start.

We’re an informational sponge!

Hey everyone!

Just a quick note to let you all know that we haven’t disappeared completely. Another post will be going live at some point over the next few days and we really hope it doesn’t disappoint! 🙂

The Social Impact of the Modern Hipster

Welcome back to My Census Maps. It has been a long time coming (mostly because I’ve been insanely busy with work) but I’ve finally got around to putting the wheels on this blog and pushing it off on it’s way!

You would have seen in my welcome post that My Census Maps will be a place where I muse on pertinent social and economic issues that face the modern world today. I’ll be nosediving into subjects like health and education.

This article i’ll be covering that I think quite a few of the male readership will enjoy perusing. I want to talk about the social impact of the modern hipster, in particular his look – his attire, tattoos, and unforgettably his well trimmed and tidy beard.

As a self confessed non-hipster, I live in a small area of London where you can’t walk 5 yards without bumping into one. They never cease to amaze me with their quirky clothing, their overly eccentric tastes, and their arcane interests. Personally, I don’t dislike them – I just think most hipsters are a little bit lost and confused, and perhaps even insecure.

modern hipster

Especially in London, it’s hard to stick out from the crowd and assure yourself that you’re different from everyone else. Perhaps this is what spawned the hipster movement. But the problem it is now so popular, that being a hipster doesn’t really mean you’re standing out from the crowd at all.

One positive though is that many new businesses in obscure niches have flourished due to the influx sudden interest. Beard grooming products are a perfect example of this. Until a few years ago, you’re average Joe would have struggled to tell you exactly what beard grooming kit is, but anyone under 35 seems to know, and also list off many different brands with different scents.

Are hipsters here to stay? Perhaps it is just a phase and they will be gone without a trace before too long. What do you think?

My Maps, My Census

My Census Maps is all about gathering pertinent information, or a census on current issues.

After this we like to create Mind Maps and try to create a discourse around the information we have gathered.

We like to discuss all sorts of things – social and economic problems, health, arts – all sorts. Our first full post will be up and live soon!