There’s nothing quite like getting that baby faced softness that you get when shaving with a razor.
-Cuts, nicks, and bleeding
Or at least that had been my experience up until a year ago where I had given up the use of a razor, and thought the most I could do was to “trim” my facial hair.
The guide I am about to provide you is culmination of my (unfortunate) experiences in the grooming exercise of shaving, and a breakdown of what it is you will need (to do, and buy) to get that ultra close shave you’ve always wanted.
What you need to buy:
1) RAZOR - The first and most important thing you need is a good razor. Cheap razor, cheap results. Here’s a few I recommend:
Joe’ s Pick
Gillette Fusion Power
I personally use this razor, and while the price point for it is a little high, the results are incredible. With 5 blades, the razor does all the work and I don’t have to push down as hard and irritate my already sensitive skin.
2) SHAVING CREAM/LOTION - Anything you can buy from Wal-Mart, Walgreens, etc, isn’t going to do you any favors. For the ultimate close shave (without killing your skin) I recommend using a brush and pre-shave oil. The brush will stimulate the hair follicles, and the oil will give you an extra layer of protection. Here’s my recommendations:
The Art of Shaving Kit
Priced at nearly $100 this kit gives you everything you need. A brush, pre-shave oil, shave lotion, and after shave. I guarantee this will be the most incredible shaving experience you’ve had, and well worth your money.
Kiehl’s ULTIMATE BRUSHLESS SHAVE CREAM
If you’re not ready to make the jump to a full on barber shop in your bathroom, then this is the next best thing. For the man that doesn’t have time to do all the pre-shave preparations, Kiehl’s shave cream is spiked with Menthol and Camphor to give your face a nice numbed tingly feeling as you shave. At $19 a jar, it is a small investment in your skins happiness.
What you need to do (PRE-SHAVE INSTRUCTIONS):
Here’s a list of tips to help you avoid razor burn.bump/nick hell, and some tips to have your shaving experience be as pleasant as possible.
2) STEAM - Two options here: Option 1 – Shave in the shower. Investing in a fogless mirror for your shower will help you shave when your pores are open, and your skin is in the best condition to meet your razor. Option 2 – Use a hot towel. Take a small hand towel, soak it in hot/warm water and set on your face for 2 minutes. While not as effective as the first method, it’s still a step in the right direction.
3) SHAVE LESS OFTEN - Even with all these tips, you may still be sensitive to the razor. I would recommend begining a shaving regimen of every other day, or even every 2 days (depending on how fast you regenerate facial hair).
With the tips and products I’ve recommended, I assure you that shaving with a razor can be pleasant and liberating experience in your near future.