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How to Use a Safety Razor for a Close Shave

STEP 1: PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR SHAVING

The best time to shave is after you’ve washed or exfoliated your skin, preferably after your shower. Steam softens hair making it easier to shave.

STEP 2: APPLICATION OF SHAVE CREAM/SOAP

Using a quality pre-shave oil and shave cream or shave soap will lubricate and protect your skin from the blade, lessening irritation. Add water to rehydrate as needed. Use a shave brush to lift facial hair & more evenly disperse the lather.

STEP 3: LET THE RAZOR DO THE WORK

Using a fresh blade, start shaving in the direction of your hair growth at a 30 degree angle. Hold your razor firmly and use short strokes. Don’t add pressure or push the blade into your skin (tread lightly with slow, short mindful strokes). A heavyweight safety razor should glide across your skin.

STEP 4: NECK AREA– GO WITH THE GRAIN

The neck area can be challenging since hair grows in different directions around the Adam’s apple. Shave with the grain for your first pass for less irritation. Some people like to re-lather and shave again against the grain for a second pass, but if you have sensitive skin, skip this step.

STEP 5: LIP, CHIN, LEGS, BIKINI AREA

Shave these tough spots last after your hair has been softened. Use your free hand to stretch your skin, creating a flat area for your blade to shave. When shaving around the ankles, shins and knees, tread lightly and try to flatten the area by straightening your leg.

STEP 6: RINSE WITH COLD WATER

Follow your shave with a splash of cold water and rinse your razor and brush well.

STEP 7: APPLY AFTERSHAVE BALM OR SPLASH

Finish by applying a soothing aftershave balm or splash. These products contain healing, toning and moisturizing ingredients to keep skin feeling its best. Consider using an alum block as an antiseptic to tighten your skin and treat minor nicks.