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The 5 Shaving Essentials

All you need for an excellent shave is a razor and some shaving cream right? Wrong. This is a common misconception that all too many people buy into. This belief leads to a large number of people never actually achieving a close shave, even when they think they are doing. Think to yourself how many times have you missed a spot shaving, had stubble grow back almost instantaneously, cut yourself shaving and have been left with dry skin shortly afterwards? You can probably tick quite a few of these things off can’t you? Then sorry to inform you, but you have been doing it wrong.

However, this needn’t be the case any more. This article will inform you of the 5 essential items you need in order to achieve the perfect shave. It’s down to you to choose what brand of item you want, but as long as you have all of the essentials you will be able to have a perfect shave every time.

Pre-Shave Oil

Not enough people use pre-shave oils. This is often because they are written off as unnecessary and a waste of time. However, pre-shave oil is an essential item as it is the first step in the shaving process. This is because it opens up the pores on the face and softens facial hair, preparing your face for the rest of the shaving process. When deciding on a pre-shave oil it is best to opt for ones that include natural oils as they won’t leave your face feeling greasy and damaged.

Shaving Cream

Shaving cream works by softening the facial hair further and lifting it from the face. This allows for the razor to catch all the hairs as it runs over them, ensuring a smooth and extremely close shave. It’s also ideal as it protects against things such as razor burn and irritation and moisturizes the face, preventing it from turning dry. When using shaving cream always take the time to massage it into your skin properly as this will lead to the best results.

Shaving Soap

Normal soup just doesn’t cut it when it comes to shaving, specially made shaving soap is just far superior. Yes, it is a bit old school but nothing beats a traditional shave! It works wonders for softening facial hair and has many skin protecting properties. Like with the pre-shave oil it’s best to opt for shaving soap that contains natural oils. This way your skin will be left feeling nice and refreshed after your shave.

A Badger Shaving Brush

No other type of shaving brush compares to a badger shaving brush. This is simply because badger brushes allow for the creation of the perfect lather. When looking for a badger brush you want to look one that can hold a lot of water as the more water they can hold the better the lather will be. These badger shaving brushes will have a flared appearance and will be slightly more expensive that the other types. However, they are definitely worth every penny.

A 3 Or 5 Blade Razor

Whether you prefer a 3 blade or 5 blade razor is completely down to personal choice. However, whichever type you choose, you need to make sure it is of good quality, which doesn’t simply equate to the most expensive. You should read some reviews and ask friends for recommendations in order to make an informed choice.

About the author: Samantha Priest is an Australian freelance writer, currently publishing in the Health and Lifestyle area.

4 comments
  1. The Art of Shaving

    Great list! You are exactly right, not enough people are using pre-shave oil. Pre-shave is the foundation of a great shave and should be an essential for every man’s shaving kit. Have you noticed a big difference when using pre-shave with natural oils as opposed to artificial?

  2. Nick P.

    Spot on! I would add that a double edge safety razor or straight razor will really give you a close shave. Also a good aftershave can be the icing on the cake for the perfect shave.

      1. Rob K.

        I really like Brut 33 aftershave for it’s timeless, smooth scent. Clubman is another popular brand but it has a bit much of a flowery essence for my liking. When sampling an aftershave’s scent its best to dab a bit on the back of your wrist and let the alcohol fully evaporate 2-3 minutes before sampling. Many people open the bottle and smell directly over the opening which is almost always an off-putting alcohol smell and not how it actually would smell on your face.

        I agree with Nick that DE or straight razors are the way to go if you really want an impeccably close shave. They also cost a lot less than modern multi-blade cartridge shaving systems.

        Congratulations on the informative and entertaining site.

        Cheers.

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