For many people, a more traditional wet shave is incomparable, in terms of the functionality and finesse it gives you, to a modern beard trimmer. However, as things have changed a lot over the last couple of decades, is this really still true? As media and communication technology has been advancing, so too has personal grooming tools, including beard trimmers making it much simpler than it ever has been in the past to keep your facial hair neat and tidy without having to pay a barber to do it.
There are definitely a plethora of advantages to having a very traditional wet shave, but when you perform it yourself and without the experience a barber has, it can be can be very tricky. However, when you compare the price of wet shave paraphernalia over the price of a beard trimmer, which is undeniably easier to use, it would seem that the method that offers best value for money is the wet shave.
It is worth looking a bit closer at the point of how tricky it actually is to perform an almost completely flawless wet shave. It may be cheaper, but it is not just as simple as going to the shops and buying a razor and some foam or oil. It takes a lot of preparation and a very stable and steady hand to control the blade correctly and safely. This is why many people opt for a more safety-inclined shaver or beard trimmer.
The shaving brush you use for a wet shave is another advantage of sticking with the old way of doing things, as it helps to form a fine, protective lather over the skin which combats against the irritation that can be caused by repeatedly running a razor over it. That being said, it is worth remembering that if you are looking to merely trim your beard and not shave it completely, then you are unlikely to go very near to the skin at all and irritation is less of a major concern.
Both methods are great for either shaving your beard or simply maintaining it and both have their pros and cons. It falls to you then, to decide which is best for you. If you want to have a close shave that is gentle on your skin too and don’t mind spending some time reading and watching tutorials, then you may want to go down the traditional wet shave route. Whereas, if you are more interested in just keeping your beard neat and tidy and are looking for the most convenient option, you should give serious consideration to investing in a beard trimmer.