Personal Care

How To Wet Shave

A safety razor with a single blade is the best way to a close shave. For those seeking how to shave your face read these simple wet shaving instructions. Using an elektrorasierer is much easier but the experience that you get with wet shave is unmatchable. 

First up, best ensure that your face is clean and has been relaxed with hot water. Never attempt to shave without first having a hot shower or bath. Hot water and soap softens the beard, opens pores, and cleanses the skin. Immediately after a hot shower is the best time to shave. Did you know that;

Facial hair is some of the toughest hair on the entire body a dirty face can be the cause of infections and razor rash.

Massage ordinary soap or facial scrub into your stubble whilst still in the shower and leave it there for a few minutes to soften the hair follicles. If you don’t have the time for a shower use a hot, wet face cloth and leave it on your face for a minute or two. The more you can soften the hair on your face the more relaxed your skin will become too and the more pleasurable and easier the experience will be

When you are ready to start filling a sink with hot water, dip your shaving brush into the hot water, shake off the excess then swirl the tip of the brush lightly into your favorite shaving product. Apply the loaded brush to your face in a circular motion. This will whip up a thick moist lather lifting each hair of your beard whilst protecting and lubricating the skin.

How to get the best shave

If you want to know how to get the best shave then take your time at first and always shave with the grain of your hair, this is the direction the hairs grow so check your neck as for some guys it grows in the opposite direction to the hair on your chin. The simplest method is to run your fingertip down your cheek, does it run smoothly? Now run your fingertip in the opposite direction, does it feel like sandpaper and make a scratchy sound? Shave in the direction that’s smoothest, there is no need to press on just let your razor’s blade do the work.

Hold the razor-like you would a fountain pen or table knife, The razor will feel weighty and balance nicely so that the blade is about 45 degrees to your face. Use your spare hand and facial muscles to hold your face gently taut creating a flat surface for the blade to glide over. Take slow, short strokes to begin with until you build confidence that you will not slash your face to ribbons. After each razor stroke rinses in the sink. Once you feel confident and you want that smooth as baby’s bum feel then re-lather and shave lightly across or against the grain. You simply won’t get smoother softer skin by any other method.

If you suffer from irritation during or after then check out the sensitive skin shaving tips guide you probably need to get some new products containing fewer chemicals.

How much longer does it take to wet shave?

I thought I would add this information after watching the latest advert from Gillette for their Pro Glide gel. It shows a man using one of Gillette’s razors and he is shaving the same patch of his face with multiple strokes of the razor. Watching this I realized that a traditional wet shave is no more time-consuming than with modern razors and products.

There are many websites and blogs that go into reclaiming the lost art of shaving, the time-honored tradition of the effort, and the result of a superior experience by creating your own lather and taking your time with a single-bladed razor to recreate how your grandfather and his father shaved.

The truth is, there is no difference in time but there is a difference in the quality. The feel of a heavy razor in your hand is far superior to that of a lightweight plastic disposable. With the gentle massage of a silvertip brush on your face and the scent of a quality shaving cream or soap, there really is no comparison.

Eric Desiree is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He started his career as a Public Relations Officer in a law firm in Los Angeles California. Currently, he is the managing editor of ANCPR.