Shaving doesn’t need to be a time-consuming chore. If your morning shave is becoming a drag, try this back-to-basics guide on how to build the ultimate shave kit. Adding a little indulgence to your daily ritual will help you feel refreshed in the morning, and may even delay your 5 o’clock shadow.
The first product that belongs in any shave kit is a quality exfoliating product. Often neglected by men, exfoliation plays an important role in preventing shaving rash and ingrown hairs. A good face scrub will remove dirt and dead skin cells from your skin, ensuring a comfortable shave and healthier, clearer skin. Crucially it also releases and lifts up any ingrowing hairs to prevent your razor from catching on them and giving you a shaving cut.
For the best results, try shaving immediately after your morning shower. This will soften your stubble, making it much easier for your blades to glide through smoothly. If you’re in a rush, you can achieve a similar result by applying a warm flannel to your face.
Another crucial component of any shave kit is your shave gel or shave cream. No matter how good your razor is, you should always add a protective layer between your blade and skin to prevent any nasty razor burn. Whether you prefer a traditional lathering shave cream or a transparent gel, be sure to include your favourite protective product in your shave kit.
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Naturally, the razor is the most important part of any shave kit. The best razors feature optimally spaced blades, to avoid clogging, as well as a moisture strip for added protection. You may also want a razor with a trimmer blade, for those tricky areas, such as underneath your nose. Be sure to consider the razor handle too – a handle that is comfortable, with a nice weight will help to keep your shave smooth and steady.
Remember, to achieve your best shave, we always recommend shaving with the grain of your hair – to find your grain, just run your fingers across each part of your beard in all directions. The direction that gives the least resistance against your fingers is with the grain. Shaving against the grain will drag, pull and irritate your skin, and can often lead to ingrown hairs and shaving rashes. Sure you’ll get a smoother result in the immediate aftermath of shaving against the grain, but it’s just not worth it for the inevitable issues that occur just hours later!
Shaving can cause dry and flaky skin, so be sure to add a quality post-shave balm or moisturiser to your shave kit, so you can regularly restore your skin’s natural moisture. Avoid products containing alcohol, as these can dry and irritate your skin.