So many guys rush through their morning shave each day, leaving razor burn and stubble in its wake. Here's the deal, guy. Your face is the first thing people notice about you. It's your best asset, so it makes sense to spend a little extra cash and take some extra care to make sure you're getting the best shave possible. You want to put your best face forward, don't you?
Getting a great shave isn't as easy as slapping on some cheap shaving cream and running a razor over your face. A great shave is all about picking the right products, doing the right prep work, and using proper technique. Getting a great shave doesn't necessarily have to be expensive and take twenty minutes out of your day -- you can get it done fairly economically and quickly each morning using the tips below.
Yes, the razor you use makes a huge difference in the quality of your shave. While choice of razor will depend on your skin and beard type (and, to a certain extent, personal preference), it’s important to choose a razor with quality blades and keep them sharp. I’m a pretty average guy, so I’ve found great success with the excellent Gillette Fusion Proglide Power -- it tops the list of my picks for the top five best razors. Some traditionalists prefer the classic double edge (or “de”) razor and I’ve had some great shaves with those, but they do require a steadier hand. I should also note that after shaving, it’s important to keep the blade clean and sharp -- the technique I use is to swish the blades in a little alcohol and gently pat the blades dry. Using this technique, I keep the blades sharp and extend the life of my blades by up to six months. It’s not shaving that dulls the blade, its corrosion from water and shaving cream, so keeping the blades clean and dry can help a lot.
In addition to a great razor, use of a shaving brush, especially with the classic English style shaving creams, can help exfoliate the skin, lift the beard, and create a great lather. A good badger brush will set you back $50 or more, but should last for about 10 years, so they’re ultimately a great value.