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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.