How to shave.

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Mens shaving advice.

Introduction

With all of the anti-ageing creams and serums available for men, it is clear that a quick shave with an electric shaver followed by a splash of cheap aftershave is not going help you to stay looking young for long. Before any of these expensive creams can be applied, you need to get the basics right, and that means learning the best way to shave.

Make sure your face is clean before you start to shave.

Firstly, before shaving, your face should be clean so, this means cleansing. Most men prefer to use soap to wash their. The skincare companyís have responded to this need with facial soap bars that wonít dry out your skin but will clean those pores which will help to prevent infection if you cut yourself while shaving. If you donít have a separate facial soap then its best to wash your face with a little shaving soap and then rinse this off before you start your shave. Using a gentle exfoliating cream once a week is also a good way to remove dead skin cells and prepare the skin for shaving.

Ideally after cleaning, a face towel should be dampened in warm water, rung out and the applied to your face for 30 seconds before shaving, this will help soften and loosen the hair and skin. In the real World you probably wonít have time for this. You can save time by showering before you shave because the warm water, heat and steam will help relax your face before you start to shave.

A Badger shaving brush
Was: £18.99
Now: £14.00

Preparing your badger shaving brush for action.

Before you get into the shower, fill a shaving bowl with hot water and leave your badger shaving brush in the bowl. While you are showing the badger hair in the brush will soften and absorb the hot water, this will help you get a better lather later.

When you get out of the shower empty the shaving bowl and use a good quality shaving soap to work up a good lather. Add a few drops of hot water from the tap to raise the temperature and loosen the lather if necessary. Use the brush to apply this rich lather to your face. Use the brush to raise the hairs and relax the skin before shaving.

A shaving bowl
Was: £22.95
Now: £15.95

Using you shaving razor.

Make sure that youíve got a nice sharp razor blade. Men who switch from using quick mass-market shaving foams to using a quality shaving soap and a badger shaving brush report that their razor blades stay sharp for longer. When you think about it This makes sense, because the beard is being made softer before shaving so the razor has less work to do. Always shave in the direction of the beard to prevent soreness of the skin. Use short strokes and donít apply too much pressure. After each stroke rinse the razor under the hot water tap to keep it fresh.

When choosing a razor, throw out your cheap disposable razors and invest in a weighted razor which is compatible with the razor blades available in Chemists and Supermarkets. This again will provide a smoother shave and the Razor itself will last for years. Edwin Jaggers Diffusion range has become the benchmark for quality craftsmanship without the heavy price tag.

Shaving mirrors

You need a good mirror when shaving so that you can see what youíre doing. If you are ever lucky enough to be able to design a new bathroom, I highly recommend that you invest in a heater pad for your mirror. Your electrician will be able to stick the heater pad behind the mirror and then wire it so that when the light is on the mirror is warmed just enough that it wonít steam up.

Wash you face when you finish shaving.

Once you have finished shaving rinse you face first with warm water. This will remove any remaining soap and make sure your face is clean. Then rinse it again with cold water to close your pores.

Keeping you shaving kit in pristine condition.

Donít forget to rinse your shaving brush, razor and shaving bowl. I recommend that you dry any metal parts on a towel to keep your shaving set in pristine condition. The shaving brush should be left out to dry naturally and preferably youíll place it in a shaving stand with the bristles pointing downwards, so that water runs away from the handle.

Don't forget to use a moisturising lotion

Leave it a little while until youíre getting dressed and then apply a good quality moisturising lotion or cream depending upon your skin type. Do not apply aftershave to your face as the alcohol content will dry your skin and may even burn.

Staying organised when away from home.

When travelling away from home overnight, I highly recommend that you obtain a hanging washbag. You can pack all your shaving kit into one of these bags and then hang it on the back of your hotel rooms bathroom door, to keep everything together and well organised.