A gentleman's guide to shaving is not about simply taking a razor and hacking away at your beard until it's gone. That might be fine for the hirsute man, but it'll leave the rest of us with skin that's dry, irritated and prone to bleeds. No, shaving is an art form that can be mastered with a little bit of effort and the right tools. In this guide, we're going to teach you how to get a great shave using only the best traditional wet shaving equipment and techniques. So put down that disposable razor and follow our tips for a close, comfortable shave every time!
New to Wet Shaving?
If you're new to wet shaving, the first thing you'll need is good quality shaving soap. This will help to create a rich lather that will protect your skin and soften your hair follicles, making them easier to cut. Apply the lather to your face using a shaving brush in circular motions, then leave it for a minute or two before starting to shave. This will give the soap time to do its work and prepare your skin for what's to come.
How to Shave
Next, it's time to start shaving. Take your razor and hold it at around 30 degrees, and begin gliding it over your skin in long, smooth strokes. Rinse the blade frequently in hot water to remove any hair and soap build-up and avoid dragging. Remember to shave with the grain of your hair growth, not against it. This will help to prevent irritation and razor burn. If you are prone to razor burn, try a natural pre-shave oil.
Once you've finished shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close your pores and soothe your skin. Apply a moisturiser or aftershave balm to keep your skin hydrated and healthy-looking. And that's it! With a little bit of practice, you'll be able to achieve the perfect shave every time. So go forth and beard no more!