Of course, shaving requires some practice and the learning process is ongoing and changes with time. Considering how long many of us may spend shaving throughout our lives, it’s certainly a process worth learning to enjoy!
To get the best out of your shaves, you firstly need to establish a pre-shave ritual.
We don’t always have time to thoroughly prep ourselves before a shave, say if we roll out of bed in the morning and realise our stubble has crept up a lot more than we expected. However, at least some form of pre-shave ritual is essential and when you do have all the time in the world, putting some real effort into preparation will do your shave the world of good.
3 Steps Towards the Perfect Pre-Shave Ritual
Whenever you can, shave after taking a warm shower. This is the best way to open up your pores and allow your hair and skin to soften up the natural way. Failing a shower, washing your face in warm water is the next best thing. You can also rest a moist hot towel over your face to emulate what the barber might do for a professional shave.
Either whilst in the shower or while washing your face, use a scrub or exfoliator to remove dead skin and other particles that can clog up your razor. This will help your razor glide over your face smoothly.
3) Use Some Pre-Shave Product
We tend to over-focus on shaving creams and foams but pre-shave products such as oils and tonics can add finesse to your pre-shave ritual. Tonics are thinner and less greasy, ideal for thicker beards. Oils and creams are instead most effective for shorter, sharper beards.