How To Wet Shave
How To Wet Shave. A comprehensive guide taking you through simple steps to get the best wet shave possible. Led by an expert, and including professional tips, this is all you need to know when it comes to shaving.
Step 1: Prepare your skin
Before you start make sure your skin is prepped. Work a good quality exfoliator into you skin and then rinse. This will remove all the dead skin cells and leave you with a smoother base.
Step 2: Warm your face
Splash warm water onto your face, or even better place a warm damp face cloth on you skin. This will relax the pores and soften the hair, making it easier to shave off.
Step 3: Apply the shaving cream
Tuck a towel into your top to protect your clothes before you begin.
Shaving cream moisturises and lubricates the skin and hair. It also prevents the chafing that might otherwise be caused by dragging a razor over your skin.
If you are using a brush and bowl, give the cream a good stir to coat the brush
Apply the cream to your skin using a small circular motion. It's best to use a shaving brush like this as it helps to lift the hairs, making them easier to remove. If you have a goatee or long side burns use a clear gel or oil which will allow you to see exactly where you are shaving. Whatever you choose to use make sure you spend at least a minute working the product into your skin, and that you end up with an even lather.
Step 4: Razor at the ready
The razor should be a sharp as possible. A blunt edge will drag against skin leaving you with a painful rash.
Start with your cheek area and move down towards your chin, following the direction of the hairs growth.
Hold the skin taut in the opposite direction of the razor and use short, firm strokes.
Wash the razor off every few strokes.
Step 5: Take care
Next, shave under your chin. Leaving this coarser hair until later allows it more time to soften under the cream.
Again follow the direction of the growth, going against the grain can lead to in growing hairs and rashes
Take your time, this is not a job that can be rushed
Step 6: Around the lips
For the top lip curl your lip down over your teeth to make the skin taut, use a short down ward motion action, like this. Finish of by shaving under your bottom lip.
Step 7: Top Tip
Try shaving in the shower, using a fog free mirror. The steam from the water will help soften the hair and open the pores, leading to a smoother shave.
Step 8: Check and Rinse
Rinse off any excess cream and make sure you haven't missed any stray hairs, in particular check the jaw line, around ears, nostrils and lips. Go back with the cream and razor to shave any that you have missed.
For a really close shave repeat the process again, from the beginning.
Step 9: Dry off
When done, rinse your face in cold water to close the pores. Then pat dry with a towel
Step 10: Put the moisture back
Immediately after shaving apply a healing aftershave balm or cream to cool and calm your skin. A good product will reduce redness, razor burn and stinging.
Shaving strips the skin of essential oils, so after the balm, smooth on a good quality moisturizer. This will replenish the moisture and keep your skin supple and youthful.
Good Work Handsome!