Smooth operator: achieving the perfect shave

April 6, 2020 1:50 pm

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Smooth operator- achieving the perfect shave

The daily routine of shaving is essential for all men who like to look well presented, clean and groomed. For many it is a chore and the best methods can still be something of a mystery, even after years of shaving.

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Prepare yourself

One of the most important things to do before any shave is to make sure you have the right tools for the job. This is the difference between a smooth finish and sore, irritable skin.

There is no denying that razors have become larger over time, progressing from one blade to twin blades to the current four or blades; however, research suggests that a high number of blades actually has a detrimental effect on our skin.

Back in time

If newer razors with multiple blades are not ideal, we need to consider a more old-fashioned style; for example, DE safety razors give a comfortable and extremely close shave.

They may seem a little pricey but you get what you pay for – a sturdy razor with perfect weight and balance, essential for getting a close even shave. Specialist online retailers stock a good range of razors along with all the necessary information to help you decide what to purchase.

Blade care

Depending on the coarseness of your facial hair, the blade can wear fairly quickly and you really need a good sharp blade for a great shave. The guide for twin blades is generally to replace your blade every week if shaving daily.

It is also best to make sure your blade is clean and dry after use, as a dirty blade will not only wear fast but also won’t give the smoothest of shaves. Clean and dry the blade thoroughly after each shave.

Best shave

Washing your face is essential before shaving, not only to soften the skin and hair but also to open the pores, making it easy for the hair to be removed. If you shower, make sure you shave afterwards and not before.

Shaving paste is often a better option than gel and mousse. Once applied, gently run the blade across your skin downwards with the grain, rinsing the blade frequently to remove debris and keep it warm for a softer shave.

Finally, rinse with cold water and apply a non-alcohol-based cream aftershave.