• Wet Shaving with Your Double-Edge Safety Razor

    Gents, it’s time to up your shaving game. Conventional wet shaving provides the closest shave possible with the least irritation to your skin. Take it from us: nothing beats the gratification of a traditional wet shave. Applying a hot towel, lathering up with a smooth shave cream and soft badger hair brush, and finishing with an after-shave balm is the ultimate grooming ritual. Your grandpa would be proud.

    • What You’ll Need

      For the full experience, we recommend the following Baxter of California products:

      1. Super Close Shave Formula
      2. Derby Extra Double Razor Blades
      3. Safety Razor
      4. Silver Tip Shave Brush
      5. Facial Scrub
      6. Daily Face Wash
      7. After Shave Balm
    • Step 1: Inspection of Hair Growth Direction

      Give yourself a few days without shaving to properly inspect the direction of your hair growth – inspect closely and remember where the direction changes. It is always best to shave in the direction of the hair growth. While this may not provide the closest shave, it will be far more comfortable and irritation-free.

    • Step 2: Cleanse and Exfoliate

      Cleanse your skin with a combination of Daily Face Wash and Facial Scrub. Scrubs contain granules that exfoliate dead skin and lift facial hair, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable shave with fewer ingrown hairs. It's best to shave the same day you exfoliate.

    • Step 3: Hot Towel & Steam

      Shave after your shower, or apply a hot towel with Shave Tonic to your beard for approximately 30 seconds. Steam softens facial hair making it easier to shave. The effort required to cut hair is reduced by 2/3 when hair is wet. Less effort means less friction and more comfort.

    • Step 4: Application of Shave Formula to Beard

      The use of a badger hair shave brush will evenly disperse the Super Close Shave Formula and lift facial hair. Allow shaving cream to sit on your skin for at least 30 seconds. No brush? You can apply shave formula with your hands.

    • Step 5: Sideburn & Side of Face

      Start shaving the sides of the face first, going in the direction of your hair growth. Hold safety razor firmly and use short strokes. Don’t add pressure or push the blade into your skin. A well made safety razor will have sufficient weight and glide across your skin. For the closest shave, an ideal angle to hold the blade to your skin is 30 degrees.

    • Step 6: Neck – Shave in the Direction of Hair Growth

      The neck area tends to be problematic for guys since hair grows in different directions around the Adam’s apple. Inspecting and following hair growth is critical to knowing which direction to shave.

    • Step 7: Lip and Chin Area

      Shave these difficult areas last, permitting shave formula to soften the hair longer. You can add water to the shave formula to rehydrate before shaving. Use your free hand to manually stretch your skin, creating a flat area for your blade to shave.

    • Step 8: Cold Water / Cold Towel Clean Up

      Follow your shave with a splash of cold water. For the ultimate experience, apply Shave Tonic with a cold washcloth to close the pores.

    • Step 9: After Shave Balm Application

      Finish by applying a light application of soothing After Shave Balm. Packed with aloe and tea tree oil, this therapeutic formula is hydrating and anti-bacterial, which will minimize irritation and bumps.

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