How To Master The Perfect Shave

Mastering the perfect shave comes with practice and technique. Here are the five most important factors that you must consider when doing your shaving routine. Some might say that this is common sense, but it is definitely not common practice.

1. SHARP BLADE

Use a clean, sharp blade. Place the blade in piping hot water, let it sit, this will improve the cutting edge. Newer blades require less force to cut through the hair therefore using less pressure with a new blade will reduce the risk of nicks, cuts and razor burn. Dull blades increase the likely hood of ingrown hairs. Also rinse blade in hot water to remove any residue this will improve the longevity of your blade.

2. CLEAN FACE

Wash your face with a face wash or scrub with warm water to remove dirt from the hair and skin, and to allow whisker softening to occur. Or better yet, shave after a warm shower when hair is fully saturated with water, this will help with softening the whiskers.

3. LAYER SHAVING CREAM

This is the most important procedure, apply a thick layer of shaving cream or gel, and allow it to sit on skin for approximately two to three minutes. This keeps moisture on the skin to enhance softening and helps reduces friction caused by the razor going over the skin’s surface. It also enables you to see the area already shaved.

4. SHAVE IN CORRECT DIRECTION

Remember to shave in the direction of hair growth, always keeping the skin taut at all times. (E.g. Pull to the north, shave to the south) Take your time and shave carefully over sensitive areas. For a closer shave, carefully shave against or side on, to the grain of hair growth and always re-apply shave cream or gel first.

Immediately rinse with cold water to close the pores and remove any traces of shave cream or lather.

5. CLEAN & MOISTURISE

Complete your shaving regimen with a moisturiser to soothe the skin and help with closing the pores. Skin can be irritated by the alcohol found in many aftershaves which tends to burn the skin, so use a cream or gel moisturiser for your skin. To watch the video of how to master The Perfect Shave, visit our time on the Sydney Morning Herald Here.

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