All you need for an excellent shave is a razor and some shaving cream right? Wrong. This is a
common misconception that all too many people buy into. This belief leads to a large number of
people never actually achieving a close shave, even when they think they are doing.
Think to yourself how many times have you missed a spot shaving, had stubble grow
back almost instantaneously, cut yourself shaving and have been left with dry skin shortly
afterwards? You can probably tick quite a few of these things off can’t you? Then sorry to inform
you, but you have been doing it wrong.
However, this needn’t be the case any more. This article will inform you of the 5 essential items
you need in order to achieve the perfect shave. It’s down to you to choose what brand of item
you want, but as long as you have all of the essentials you will be able to have a perfect shave
Not enough people use pre-shave oils. This is often because they are written off as
unnecessary and a waste of time. However, pre-shave oil is an essential item as it is the first
step in the shaving process. This is because it opens up the pores on the face and softens facial
hair, preparing your face for the rest of the shaving process. When deciding on a pre-shave oil it
is best to opt for ones that include natural oils as they won’t leave your face feeling greasy and
Shaving cream works by softening the facial hair further and lifting it from the face. This allows
for the razor to catch all the hairs as it runs over them, ensuring a smooth and extremely
close shave. It’s also ideal as it protects against things such as razor burn and irritation and
moisturizes the face, preventing it from turning dry. When using shaving cream always take the
time to massage it into your skin properly as this will lead to the best results.
Normal soup just doesn’t cut it when it comes to shaving, specially made shaving soap is just
far superior. Yes, it is a bit old school but nothing beats a traditional shave! It works wonders for
softening facial hair and has many skin protecting properties. Like with the pre-shave oil it’s best
to opt for shaving soap that contains natural oils. This way your skin will be left feeling nice and
refreshed after your shave.
A Badger Shaving Brush
No other type of shaving brush compares to a badger shaving brush. This is simply because
badger brushes allow for the creation of the perfect lather. When looking for a badger brush
you want to look one that can hold a lot of water as the more water they can hold the better the
lather will be. These badger shaving brushes will have a flared appearance and will be slightly
more expensive that the other types. However, they are definitely worth every penny.
A 3 Or 5 Blade Razor
Whether you prefer a 3 blade or 5 blade razor is completely down to personal choice. However,
whichever type you choose, you need to make sure it is of good quality, which doesn’t
simply equate to the most expensive. You should read some reviews and ask friends for
recommendations in order to make an informed choice.
About the Author
Steve Mitchell is a style blogger and image consultant who specializes in style and etiquette for the modern gentleman. This article was previously posted at Mr. Mitchell’s blog site – The Mitchelli.