A safety razor with a single blade is the best way to a close shave. For those seeking how to shave your face read these simple wet shaving instructions.
First up, best ensure that your face is clean and has been relaxed with hot water. Never attempt to shave without first having a hot shower or bath. Hot water and soap softens the beard, opens pores and cleanses the skin. Immediatley after a hot shower is the best time to shave. Did you know that;
Massage ordinary soap or facial scrub into your stubble whilst still in the shower and leave it there for a few minutes to soften the hair follicles. If you don't have the time for a shower use a hot, wet face cloth and leave it on your face for a minute or two. The more you can soften the hair on your face the more relaxed your skin will become too and the more pleasurable and easier the experience will be.
When you are ready to start fill a sink with hot water, dip your badger brush into the hot water, shake off the excess then swirl the tip of the brush lightly into your favorite shaving product. Apply the loaded brush to your face in a circular motion. This will whip up a thick moist lather lifting each hair of your beard whilst protecting and lubricating the skin.
If you want to know how to get the best shave then take your time at first and always shave with the grain of your hair, this is the direction the hairs grow so check your neck as for some guys it grows in the opposite direction to the hair on your chin. The simplest method is to run your fingertip down your cheek, does it run smoothly? Now run your fingertip in the opposite direction, does it feel like sandpaper and make a scratchy sound? Shave in the direction that's smoothest, there is no need to press on just let your razor's blade do the work.
Hold the razor like you would a fountain pen or table knife, The razor will feel weighty and balance nicely so that the blade is about 45 degrees to your face. Use your spare hand and facial muscles to hold your face gently taut creating a flat surface for the blade to glide over. Take slow, short strokes to begin with until you build confidence that you will not slash your face to ribbons. After each razor stroke rinse in the sink. Once you feel confident and you want that smooth as baby's bum feel then re-lather and shave lightly across or against the grain. You simply won't get smoother softer skin by any other method.
If you suffer from irritation during or after then check out the shaving with sensitive skin page you probably need to get some new products containing less chemicals.
I thought I would add this information after watching the latest advert from Gillette for their Pro Glide gel. It shows a man using one of Gillette's razors and he is shaving the same patch of his face with multiple strokes of the razor. Watching this I realised that a traditional wet shave is no more time consuming than with modern razors and products.
There are many websites and blogs that go into reclaiming the lost art of shaving, the time honoured tradition of the effort and the result of a superior experience by creating your own lather and taking your time with a single bladed razor to recreate how your grandfather and his father shaved.
The truth is, there is no difference in time but there is a difference in the quality. The feel of a heavy razor in your hand is far superior to that of a light weight plastic disposable. The gentle massage of a silvertip brush on your face and the scent of a quality shaving cream or soap, there really is no comparison.
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