- Shave in the Shower
The steam will help to soften the bristles. If you prefer to shave at the sink, do this just after you’ve had a shower. Don’t wash your face in cold water – this will close your pores and make the hair harder to cut.
- Use Shaving Oil
After generously wetting your face with hot water, apply 3 drops of shaving oil to your wet hands and massage it into your beard. Don’t be tempted to use more than the 3 drops – the water combines with the shave oil to give you all the lubrication you need, and if you use too much it’s likely to clog your razor’s blade.
- Use a Sharp, Clean Razor
You won’t get a close shave from a blunt blade, and you’re more likely to end up with redness and blotches on your face and neck.
- Shave in Short Strokes
Stretch the skin with your free hand. It’s important to shave in the direction of the hair growth. If you’re not sure, run your finger across the stubble to see which direction it’s growing in. Shaving against the direction of hair growth is the most common cause of razor burn, redness and rashes.
- Rinse the Blade Regularly as you Shave
This unclogs the debris from the blade, but it also carries more water to your skin. Don’t press too hard against your skin – and remember, for your skin’s sake, the wetter the better! Water activates the natural oils to soften the hairs, making them easier to cut.
After shaving rinse your face in lukewarm water and pat it dry with a towel. Don’t rub it, as this can reduce the skin’s elasticity and speed up the signs of ageing. Don’t apply aftershave to your face. Most aftershaves are made from alcohol, which has a drying effect on the skin. To wear a fragrance, simply apply it to the pulse points on your neck and wrists.
That’s it..so simple.. for the best shave follow the steps above using just 3 drops of Total Shaving Solution™ shaving oil, plenty of hot water and a good razor!
If you use an electric razor – see how to use shaving oil with an electric razor.