Many men regard shaving as a chore which must be completed as quickly as possible. This is a pity, as there are many benefits of a good, traditional wet shave. This process exfoliates the skin, which removes dead skin cells and allows the skin to breathe. A wet shave also provides the closest possible shave, and with lasting results.
Too often the result of an incorrect shave is discomfort in the form of razor-burn, rashes and dry skin. The key to a great shave is preparation. Shave after a shower, or apply plenty of hot water to the face immediately prior to shaving to soften the beard and open the pores. Next, slough away skin debris with Christian Acuña Refining Exfoliator Paste.
To prevent infection from possible resident bacteria on your blade, ensure the blade is clean and unclogged. You can apply a few drops of tree tea oil or rubbing alcohol as an antiseptic. Although shaving gel may be applied with the fingers, a richer lather is achieved with the use of a good quality shaving brush. The more thorough the lathering process, the better the shave. Use a small amount of Christian Acuña Precision Shave Gel and rub onto wet skin by moving the brush in a circular motion against the grain of the beard. Spend time on the lathering process, up to two or three minutes.
Always shave with the lie of the beard, never against. Shaving against the beard is a major cause of razor burn. Glide the razor gently over the skin, holding the skin taut with your free hand. This is important: this exercise promotes muscle tightness and preserves a younger-looking appearance. Keep the razor well rinsed to avoid clogging the blade and apply more water if necessary, not more shaving cream.
Rinse and flick dry the shaving brush and razor. Shaving brushes should always be allowed to dry naturally, with the hair pointing downward in a suitable stand. This prevents moisture seeping into the base of the brush. Never store a shaving brush in a closed cupboard where mildew may form.
To complete the process apply Christian Acuña splendid post-shave spell and you will feel invigorated and ready to face the world anew!
So now you know the keys to a great shave: quell the itch and banish razor burn for ever with these soothing bathroom essentials. With a sharp razor and great shaving gel and aftershave lotion you'll always look your best.