The definitive guide to the ultimate shave
Grooming Journal

The definitive guide to the ultimate shave

Getting your face prepared

Properly prepping the skin will allow for a cut and irritation free shave. Start with freshly washed clean dry skin. A thorough cleanse of the skin will remove any dead skin, grease and dirt and allow for a smoother shave. Ideally this can be done in the shower since the hot water and steam will soften the beard and open the pores but a hot flannel or a rinse with warm water will work well too. For best results use a facial scrub or exfoliator in the shower to ensure the smoothest surface for the razor to glide over.

Apply a pre-shave oil

Warm a few drops of your favourite pre-shave oil in your hand and gently massage over the face and neck. This will soften the beard and make it less resistant to the razor glide as well as moisturise the skin to further prevent irritation.

The actual shave

Warm your shaving brush under hot water. Use the warmed brush to lather and apply your favourite shaving cream or soap. This will moisturise, lubricate and nourish the face whilst shaving and the action of the warm brush will help the hairs to stand up from the skin making it easier to get a good close shave. The choice of a shaving cream versus a shaving soap is a purely personal one

The most obvious difference between a shaving cream and a soap is that shaving soaps are set firm or hard compared to the soft consistency of shaving creams. This means that they generally require more water to build a lather, and a brush is always required. One possible advantage to using a shaving soap over shaving cream is the lingering scent. There are some shaving soaps in unscented varieties however, if you enjoy that nice scent that comes from using a quality shaving soap, then there are a wide range of luscious scents to choose from.

A shaving cream is generally considered easier than a soap to whip into a lather. Often considered to be more moisturising than a shaving soap a quality shaving cream will produce a rich and creamy lather with great cushion and lubrication.This more modern process can be easier and quicker making it a great choice for beginners and wet-shavers alike.

The right choice for you really comes down to personal shaving preferences, technique, and budget.

The right razor technique

The best technique is to glide the razor over the skin whilst holding the skin taut with your free hand. We recommend that you shave with and then across the grain of the beard, but not necessarily against it (shaving against the grain is what causes ingrown hairs). For a smooth shave remember to never use a blunt razor - this can lead to razor burn and skin irritation so make sure to change your blades every 3-5 shaves.

After shave after care

After shaving rinse your face with cold water to close the pores of the skin then pat dry. You may choose to splash on an aftershave product however, it should be remembered that it is very important to use a soothing aftershave balm that will help to moisturise, reduce irritation and aid the healing of the skin. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation, consider using a moisturising aftershave balm that is alcohol free.