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Fashion: Ditching your beard? Here are some tips to help the process go smoothly

Transitioning from full beard to clean-shaven? It's a good idea to trim to a stubble length for a few days first

The era of the hipster beard appears to be coming to an end – according to a survey by Bic Shave Club, which found that 55 per cent of people aren't into the trend any more.

Ready to go clean-shaven or at least to trim back? Here are few pointers...

Prep properly: Lightly exfoliate and moisturise your face regularly before and after trimming. More skin will be on show with a shorter style and you want it to look fresh.

Go slow: Don't rush the process, as this is can lead to a style mishap. If you do intend to make the transition from full beard to clean-shaven, trim to a stubble length first and work with that for a few days, before losing all hair. This can prevent increased skin sensitivity and in-grown hairs.

Lather up: This protects your skin and softens your beard and also ensures a smoother, safer shave. Cream rather than a gel, is recommended as gel can dry off the skin faster.

Soothe your skin: Keep your skin smooth and supple by taking care of it after shaving. Shaving is a form of exfoliation, heightening sensitivity and the likelihood of irritation, so opt for aftershave balms with skin cooling, healing and moisturising ingredients.

Blades of glory: 3 super shavers for banishing your beard

1. Braun Multi Grooming Kit 3085, £34.49, Boots

2. Wahl Aqua Blade, £59.99

3. Philips Series 9000 Prestige Wet & Dry Electric Shaver, £430

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