How To Achieve The Perfect Shave

How To Achieve The Perfect Shave

Many years of poor practice have turned shaving into a banal chore as opposed to the pleasurable experience it should be.

Firstly, you will need a good quality razor! Whether you opt for a straight razor, a double edged safety razor or a Gillette razor, it is important to find a razor that you feel comfortable using, that has the correct weight and balance to stop you 'dragging' it across your face.

If you choose a safety razor or Gillette razor, you must remember to change your blades regularly - blunt blades are a major cause of cuts, irritation and razor burn.

Once you have selected your razor, we recommend you follow these steps:

Step 1 - Prepare It is very hard to achieve a comfortable shave if you do not prepare properly. The best time to shave is during, or just after a hot shower as the heat will soften the beard and open the pores. The use of an effective pre-shave oil will also lubricate the face and soften the beard further. This allows the razor to glide across the face, getting even closer to the skin allowing for smoother results.

Step 2 - Apply Shaving Cream/Soap Using a soft shaving cream or a hard shave soap will moisturise, lubricate and nourish the face whilst shaving. The cream or soap should be applied using a shaving brush. Shaving brushes will lift each individual hair to ensure a smoother shave.

Step 3 - Shave The best technique is to glide the razor over the skin whilst holding the skin taut with your free hand. We recommend that you shave with and then across the grain of the beard, but not necessarily against it (shaving against the grain is what causes ingrown hairs). For a smooth shave remember to never use a blunt razor - this can lead to razor burn and skin irritation.

Step 4 - Soothe and Moisturise After shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close the pores of the skin then pat dry. Some men will now choose the use a splash on aftershave product, however, it should be remembered that it is very important to use a soothing aftershave balm that will help to moisturise and aid the healing of the skin. If you have any questions or need further shaving tips, please do no hesitate to call us on 0141 880 3040 or drop us an email at

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