Hello lovelies! Today I'm going to share my tips and tricks for getting a smooth, flawless shave, every time.
1. Start with the right tools!
Here is the 'starter kit' I got when I was first introduced to wet shaving, it includes a razor, blades, brush, pre-shave cream, shave soap, after shave lotion. There are many different options if you are just starting out and I highly recommend the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Razor Emporium here in Phoenix.
A good razor can make such a big difference in the smoothness of your shave. I would have never believed it if I didn't experience it myself. All razors are created equal, right? Wrong! For years I used a traditional disposable razor and for years I dreaded shaving because of the razor burn and irritation it would cause. Once I started using a double edge safety razor I noticed the razor burn and irritation dropped drastically.
2. Exfoliate your skin properly.
Before I shave, I always ALWAYS exfoliate my skin using a sugar scrub. I take a shower, and use whatever sugar scrub I have on hand. You want to make sure to have as much dead skin off of your body as possible before you start shaving. It will ensure you get a nice smooth shave without gunking up your razor.
3. Build up a good lather.
The soap or shaving cream you use makes a huge difference too believe it or not. If you use a shaving cream from a can, you are going to dry out your skin which will cause razor burn and irritation. By using a good shave soap you will hydrate your skin much better. Most of the shaving soaps I personally use are made of only vegan materials and are super hydrating. You build up a nice creamy lather with water and your shave soap and it doesn't dry out on your skin like canned shaving cream. Some of my favorite shave soaps are made by WSP - Wet Shaving Products. They are a locally based company here in the Valley and make fantastic smelling soaps but on top of that they perform well and leave your skin feeling soft and not dehydrated. Another locally owned company who makes a few of my favorite soaps is Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements , the soaps and aftershaves are so good.
4. Hold the razor with a firm grasp, but don't press hard onto the skin.
When you hold your razor, you want to make sure that you have a firm grasp, but that you are not applying any pressure at all once the blade touches your skin. The weight of the razor head will be enough to shave the hair from your skin. If you apply pressure to the blade your chances of cutting yourself are pretty solid. You really just want to let the razor glide over your skin.
5. Moisturize your skin.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to moisturize your skin! If you are starting off with well hydrated skin that has been taken care of from the inside out, you will come away with a better shave. Your skin needs proper hydration, exfoliating, and moisturizing if you want to get your best shave ever. If you take the extra time to pamper your skin before your shave by using a pre-shave cream or oil, it will help to prepare the skin and hairs to help you avoid any irritation to your skin caused by razors. After you've gone through the steps of hydrating, exfoliating, pre-shave cream, and a good shave soap; I highly recommend using a nice moisturizer or lotion to lock in the hydration.