Men spend an average of 3,000 hours shaving in a lifetime* and Schick understand the importance of a first-class kit of grooming gadgets that suit every man’s needs.
Basic shaving can be quick and easy, you just grab a razor and drag it across your face until the stubble’s gone! A great shave requires more effort and even if you’ve been shaving for years we’re confident you will learn something from hair and skin health specialists about what you need to do to get the best shave possible.
Don’t rush through the shave – instead spend the necessary time prepping your skin for the razor by following our tips below;
- Start by washing your face with a cleanser (leaving on for a minute), which work best as they help soften the protein in the hair, whereas harsh soaps wash away hair-softening oils.
- Next, lather up with shaving cream or gel such as Schick Hydro ‘Sensitive’, then let it sit for 2 minutes. Patience here is key, as the gel softens the hair and makes a one-pass shave possible – remember the longer you let it sit the easier the shave will be.
2. Tools of the trade
Don’t rely on your fingers to lather your shaving cream, get a brush, as it will push the gel into the hair. We recommend using a badger hairbrush for its ability to lift the hairs and really coat them. For the best shave, remember to change your blade regularly. when you start noticing decreased ! We recommend Schick’s Hydro 3, which shaves better than Mach 3 and at a better price.
The key to a great shave is keeping the skin hot and moist. An easy way to do this is to shave in the shower or just after you get out. Alturnatively place hot, wet towels onto your face to prep the skin and then again during the shave to keep the hairs soft.
Follow your shave with a cold water rinse which is imperative as cold water reduces inflammation, it’s like putting a cold compress onto an injury.
Don’t go against the grain; go with the grain. Though you may get a closer shave if you go against it, you are more likely to get ingrown hairs or create razor burn – which no one wants. “One of the reasons you get ingrown hairs is because you’ve scraped the skin. Once scraped, skin calcifies as it heals, preventing growing hair from coming through. Keeping facial skin taut as you shave is key to reducing razor burn and ingrown hairs.” says Men’s Razor hair and grooming expert Geoff Mahanay.
Softening the hair first should allow you a close, comfortable shave in one with-the- grain and remember the more time you go over an area, the more irritation you will get so be patient and take the time to prep.
So happy shaving from Rogue Homme & Shick…
Arrnott Olssen Editor Rogue Homme