THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO A GREAT SHAVE
Wet shaving provides a closer shave with less irritation to your skin than dry shaving. For the optimal wet shave, follow these steps and transform your shave from a daily chore into the ultimate grooming experience.
1. WASH WITH FACIAL CLEANSER
The wet shaving process begins by weakening your whiskers, opening up your pores, and removing dead skin, grime and bacteria with a nourishing facial cleanser. Start by wetting your face with warm or hot water to relax pores and soften the stubble. Thoroughly wet your face, as facial hairs absorb a good amount of water. Next, apply Liberty Facial Cleanser with a hot wash to lift away dirt and gently open up the pores of your skin. Massage the cleanser onto your wet skin to create a mild lather, spreading it throughout the areas to be shaved. Then give it a good rinse. By cleansing away oil, dirt and impurities, your skin is left nourished and ready for shaving.
2. LUBRICATE WITH PRE-SHAVE OIL
The key to a close, comfortable shave is to pre-condition your beard hairs for shaving, as well as to fortify your face for repeated contact with the razor blade. You have just opened your pores and cleaned your skin with a hot wash. Now you want to naturally lubricate your skin and condition your whiskers. By applying pre-shave oil you eliminate resistance, allowing the razor to glide smoother thus avoiding nicks and cuts. Massage a sufficient amount of Admiral’s Pre-Shave Oil into your scruff. The oil penetrates the skin’s surface, holding moisture in and allowing your skin to be as supple as possible under the blade. You will experience an overall easier shave with minimal skin irritation.
3. LATHER UP
Your next step is the shave cream. The primary function of shave cream is to lubricate—it essentially softens the hairs and reduces friction between the razor and your face. A quality cream such as Cape Horn shave cream will also help your whiskers to stand up and meet the blade as it skims along your skin. Apply an ample amount of shave cream to your skin in a circular motion using your fingers or a shave brush.
With Fingers: Many men like the convenience and speed of applying shave cream with their fingers. To do so, massage the cream onto each side of your face with your fingertips. Douse your fingers in warm or hot water to keep the cream moist enough to produce a nice lather.
With a Shave Brush: A brush will give you the optimum shave, hands down. Brush the shave cream onto the skin using a circular motion ending in an upward stroke. The brush lifts the facial hair away from the skin, allowing for a closer pass with the razor blade. The best type of brush to use is badger hair, but there are nice, less expensive options as well.
Using short strokes, glide the razor gently over your skin. Remember to shave in the directions of your hair growth. Using gentle pressure, start with the sides of your face, working down to the mustache and lastly your chin and neck. It is vital as you shave, to rinse the razor often. Run your blade under hot water before you begin, and again after every few swipes. Without regular rinsing, hair and shave cream will build up, reducing the efficiency of even the best blade. This forces you to press too hard as you shave, causing razor burn and irritation. Be sure your razor blade is clean, sharp and of good quality.