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4 STEPS TO MASTERING THE ART OF THE PERFECT WET SHAVE

The ‘wet shave’ was to our fathers and grandfathers what ‘trimming’ remains to us. The certain technique has fallen out since the advent of disposable, multi-blade razors. Wet shave facilitates a layer of protection and lubrication to help reduce friction during shaving, while also help exfoliate. Here’s a guide to mastering the art of wet shave.

Step 1: Prepare for the shave

It is crucial to prepare before you start shaving. So, it is advisable to start by either washing your face or taking a hot shower. Washing your face helps remove any excess oil and other impurities responsible for blocking the path of the razor. If you don’t have the time to take a hot shower, you may opt for covering your face with a hot towel for two to three minutes prior to the shave.

Step 2: Lather your face

After you’re done with the washing part, comes the time for applying shaving cream/soap. Keep in mind that an almond sized drop of cream/soap is enough to work the entire face. Use a circular motion to rub the cream on your face. You may apply shaving cream by hand, however, it’s best to use a shaving brush as it will help you achieve the same lather while at the same time using lesser shaving cream.

Step 3: Shave in the right way

It is important to understand the proper angle for operating the razor on your face. When shaving the sides of the face, start with a 90-degree angle and then move the handle down between 30 and 45 degrees as you shave. The same principle applies when you’re shaving the neck area. Don’t apply pressure on the razor, rather use the weight of the razor guide you through the process.
If you’re starting out, avoid going against the grain and go with it.

Step 4: After shave protection
After you’re done shaving, rinse your face with cold water, as it will close the pores of the skin. If you’ve suffered from any cuts or nicks, try covering your face with a cold towel to alleviate irritation. Instead of rubbing the face, pat dry it. Lastly, apply some aftershave lotion and/or moisturizer, to help you soothe any pain and protect any cuts from infection.

 

Following these 4 steps will make you master the art of the wet shave, and get you that clean and neat look with no sweat.

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