There are just three steps to a great shave, and it will take just two minutes to read them and your reward will be one smooth and irritation-free face...
STEP 1: BEFORE
Whether you are male or female and wherever you are shaving, the general principals are the same – so let’s get started.
Forget everything you know Lots of lather and foam does not equal a great shave. It sits on top your skin and does nothing to create that all-important layer between skin and razor blade.
We recommend you choose a quality shaving gel, oil or serum and not a soap-based foam that will dry out your skin.
The number of blades on your razor doesn't really matter either. It’s more important that they are clean, sharp and of a decent quality.
Don’t shave as soon as you get up Have breakfast first. Give your skin a chance to wake up!
Invest a little time preparing your skin Don’t use ordinary soap because it is usually very drying on the skin and, coupled with shaving, will make your skin tight and uncomfortable.
To cleanse your skin effectively and kindly, use a deep cleansing soap-free face wash and / or scrub. Thoroughly rinse off with warm water.
All this preparation will help soften and lift your bristles ready for shaving.
STEP 2: DURING
Shave in the shower, bath or as soon as you get out of either Dry stubble can have the same tensile strength as copper wire, so the hot, steamy environment of a shower or bath will soften and prepare your bristles.
It takes three or four minutes for stubble to “wet out” properly, making it much easier to shave.
If you prefer the old water-in-a-sink method, wash your face first with plenty of hot water to ensure your facial hair is really soft.
Read the instructions on your preferred shave gel, oil or serum. These products are slightly different and work best if you use them as suggested.
Spend a little time massaging in your chosen shaving product – this will further soften and lift your bristles.
Ensure you have a clean, sharp blade and shave using short strokes It’s key to shave in the direction of your hairs’ growth. Shaving against the grain is the primary cause of razor burn, redness and rashes.
On your face, this is down your cheeks and chin and upwards on your neck. If you are at all unsure, run your finger across your stubble to see which direction the hair is growing.
Rinse the blade regularly Rinse the blade thoroughly and frequently in warm, soapy water as you shave, don’t press too hard against your skin and let the blades do the work.
It is essential to rinse to keep the blade clean and prevent clogging.
STEP 3: AFTER
Rinse thoroughly When you have finished shaving, rinse with cool water and pat dry. If using a King of Shaves Shaving Oil, you can just pat your face dry.
Apply a moisturising product Protect your skin with a moisturiser or aftershave balm. This will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and soft – not tight and dry. For maximum effectiveness, apply within five minutes of shaving.
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