1. Battle of the Brushes
A shaving brush isn’t just about creating a creamy lather to smooth shaving, but it can also be your best friend in preparing your facial hair and skin for the rough job of shaving.
Badger Brushes are a popular choice for effective shaving brushes that exfoliate the skin as you move around the face in circular motions. We recommend a high-grade style like the MÜHLE Mens Shaving Silvertip Olive Wood Shaving Brush that has soft tips that feel gentle to the skin.
On the other hand, Boar Brushes are rougher and feel coarser on the skin, but they do create a rich and creamy lather. A brush like the Vulfix Old Original Pure Bristle Shaving Brush, best suited to men with a full beard whose beards can handle the rougher bristles.
We love… a synthetic fibre brush like the Bluebeard’s Revenge Vanguard Synthetic Bristle Brush whose hairs are designed to resemble the badger hair brushes, but at a fraction of the price!
2. Find your Right Razor
Did you know that there are different razor types that are best suited to certain shaving styles? Keep reading to determine whether you are more of a double edge razor man, or the confident guy who feels comfortable with a more professional straight edge razor?
A double edge razor will give you a clean and smooth shave with not too much skill required. This type of razor has two cutting edges for easy movement. We recommend an easy-grip razor like the Merkur Solingen 47C Classic Double Edge Razor it provides a good, safe grip when we making it easier and more comfortable to use.
While a straight edge razor is a traditional choice, it requires much more skill to manoeuvre. This razor is characterised by a single blade that folds into the handle. If you can get it right with a tool like French, handmade brand Thiers Issard’s Razor 4/8 Le Petit Francais Black then you’ll be well on your way to the closest shave.
3. Getting Ready to Groom
Preparing your skin for shaving is arguably more important than the job of shaving itself, as this can protect your delicate facial skin from shaving-induced skin irritations, like in-grown hair, shaving bumps and razor burn.
If you have a thicker, coarser beard, then you’ll most likely want to use a thicker product like pre-shave cream. This will prepare your skin for shaving, as well as soften the beard to allow for a smoother shave. We recommend the Proraso Green Tea & Oatmeal Pre Shaving Cream that also doubles as a post shaving cream too!
Another option is pre-shave oil that differs from its creamier counterpart by being a lightweight alternative that creates an oily barrier between the skin and blade when shaving. Similarly though, an oil like Simpsons Pre Shave Oil softens your beard and prepares your skin for a luxurious shaving experience.
4. Post-shave Potion
Shaving can be really rough on the skin as the razor comes into contact with delicate skin while removing hairs. How you treat the skin right after a shave is important to protect the face, and also to avoid irritations caused by shaving.
A balm is a great product for regular shavers as it soothes and softens the skin. We recommend the Baxter of California After Shave Balm that renews, calms and conditions the skin with calming ingredients like tea tree oil and cooling menthol.
Alternatively, you can choose a more lightweight formulation that is easily absorbed by the skin to replenish its moisture and also restore natural oils. Try the American Crew Post Shave Cooling Lotion that is also a great moisturiser for dry skin.
We love… a secret weapon product such as the Tend Skin Australia Ingrown Hair Solution that comes in handy to relieve ingrown hairs. It also relieves skin rashes and reduces redness.
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