Folks who take their grooming game seriously know that an established routine with a line of quality products is essential, whether bearded or unbearded. Serious grooming isn’t a “one and done” product kind of deal. If you’re looking to step up your game, you should take the time to do some research, especially when it comes to shaving.
First and foremost, figure out your skin type. This will help to avoid any sort of irritation or allergic reaction that can be caused by using a product you’re not familiar with. Then research brands and choose wisely. Products made with synthetic ingredients are far more likely to cause issues with your skin, and since this is your face we’re talking about, it’s likely something you want to avoid.
Step one in proper shaving is the use of a good pre-shave oil. Now it may seem like an unnecessary step, but there are actually a great deal of benefits:
- Made with natural ingredients
- Hydrates skin
- Prevents razor burn
- Allows razor to glide smoothly across the skin
- Results in a closer shave
- Generally safe for the skin
Better protects the skin when using a double-edge safety razor
So now you know it’s a great addition to your shaving routine, but you might be wondering when and how to use it. People have different ways of using pre-shave oil, but we find that the following steps bring the best results:
- Take a hot shower or wash face with warm water to open up pores
- Gently pat your face to dry, but try to keep the skin slightly damp to add moisture
- Apply pre-shave oil
- Apply shaving soap or cream
- Enjoy a close, smooth shave
It really is that easy, and while it may be an extra step, it won’t take long and will be well worth the extra couple of minutes. All good things (like soft, smooth skin and the best shave of your life) require work, so if you’re looking to level up your shave game, this is a great start.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Beginners Guide to Serious Shaving where we tell you what to do AFTER you shave.