Shaving, something we all do but may have never been taught how to do properly. We have compiled 7 simple secrets to your best shave, for you to learn or re-learn the art of shaving.
We believe in taking a little extra time to turn everyday essential tasks into something enjoyable that creates long lasting effects. Enjoy the time you have to keep your body well kept as you will learn to appreciate it more.
Below are our seven simple secrets to your best shave:
/// Timing is everything
Give yourself this time to go slow to create a self-indulgent practice. Enjoy the aroma of steamed water and a nice candle like this Woodlot Candle. Going slow will help you avoid nicks, and ensure a more effective shave. Taking time in your shaving routine will actually increase the quality of the shave, and reduce the number of times you need to shave – so it all balances out in the end.
Also, shaving in the evening can be more affective than in the morning to get the closest shave. In the morning, your skin may be slightly swollen after a nights rest where hairs retreat back into the follicles, meaning they are not as raised from the skin as they are in the evening.
/// Soak your skin in warm water
Whether you’re having a bath or a shower, give your skin time to soak in warm water. If the water is too hot it will cause irritation to the skin, and if it is too cold you may get goose bumps – both can cause razor burn. With warm water running, soak your skin for at least 3 – 6 minutes – your hairs and follicles will expand, making the shave a lot more efficient. But there is a limit to the soak – After 20 minutes of soaking, your skin becomes too swollen and wrinkly making the shave a lot more difficult.
/// Exfoliation Routine
Exfoliation is not only an enjoyable routine, simple self-massage and great cleansing practice, but it helps with prepare the skin for shaving. We recommend exfoliating the day before you shave to remove dead skin and loosen hairs up so that when you shave you have a closer shave. You can also exfoliate before shaving, but our recommendation is to create a routine of exfoliation once of twice a week using a product like Frank Body Cacao Coffee Scrub.
/// Lather with an oil based cream
Lathering the skin is one of the most important steps to your shaving routine – after all, we are putting a razor blade directly to our skin. Using oil based shaving cream, oil based body cream and simply straight oil, will help to create a barrier from water while you shave, maximize the closeness of your shave and moisturize while you shave. Lather your cream on in a circular motion to coat each hair, which will decrease the force required to cut the hair. Soap and shampoo will dry out your skin, so please refrain from using these!
/// Using the razor
There are a couple key tips to help with your shave.
First, stretch the skin as you shave as this will flatten the surface and allow further closeness.
Be gentle, this is your skin with a blade on it, rushing or pressing hard will not speed up the process. Apply light pressure, and don’t press too hard.
Use short, extra-slow, upward strokes that are 3-6” in length and go over each section twice.
Rinse the razor between every few strokes to remove oil and hair build up.
/// After shave
After you have completed your shaving routine, try not to rub your skin dry with a towel, but let it air dry or lightly pat it down. If you have shaved with oil, you will notice that your skin is already moisturized and will not need to do any further moisturizing! If you have shaved with a cream, we recommend moisturizing with oil or oil based cream.
/// Razor care
After shaving, we recommend rinsing your razor thoroughly to remove any oils, creams or hair and then pat the razor dry. Due to the natural elements of wood in our original razor, we also recommend keeping it out of pools of water.
We hope you take the time to keep well kept and learn to enjoy and love your shaving routine. We all deserve a little self-love every now and again, and this is one of the best places to do exactly that.