Thursday, July 26

Shaving that Handsome Face

Part 2 - Male Grooming

  • A right of passage
  • A male tradition
  • A dreaded chore
Shaving can be all of the above, when what you would like it to be is an easy and enjoyable routine... a way to attain skin that’s baby smooth, without any of the usual skin irritation, redness, ingrown hairs or burning sensation, that many men tend to feel is to be expected and tolerated, when it comes to shaving.

If you are a man looking for the mysterious secret to “the perfect shave” … you have come to the right place.  What you will learn today can save you time, money and effort… not to mention pain and irritation.  The impressive end result – smooth touchable skin, that will be ready for some cheek-to-cheek action (no one enjoys whisker burn).

Tip:  To avoid the ol’ slice’n’dice, ensure a close, clean shave and minimize drag, nicks and cuts - the direction of your beard growth should be assessed. Identify the direction of your hair growth and shave with the grain.  Pay close attention, as it can vary in spots.  The best time to determine the pattern of your beard is to run your hand along beard growth, one to three days after shaving.  You will be able to see and feel the direction of growth in each area.

If you have a heavy, coarse beard, shave against the grain only after first shaving with the grain. The hair is shorter and less likely to curl back in on itself, which can cause painful ingrown hairs.  Remember to take the time to re-apply shaving product before shaving against the grain.

Shaving Cream vs. Shaving Oil

More often than not, shaving cream can become a habit.  Maybe you have become "attached" to it?  Mostly because you and your shaving foam have history together.

Possibly you had your initial shaving lesson with your Father or even Grandfather... likely you learned to shave with traditional shaving cream, the fluffy and innocent looking foam, magically coming out of the can, accompanied by the comforting "woosh" sound... the visual-accomplishment of slathering on the white foam and then quickly removing it all with swipes/stripes. Put all of these factors together and it is understandable, why you may believe that your shaving cream is perfect for your shaving needs .

The downside to your traditional shaving foam (please don't shoot the messenger), it may not be providing you with the best glide for your razor and can actually cause your skin to become dry, dehydrated and irritated with red lumps and bumps.  Your shaving cream can even cause you to develop sensitive skin, as it is loaded with numerous, non-friendly chemicals that make it great for its visual and tactile appeal, but not so wonderful for your skin.

The key to an easy and enjoyable shave -  Shaving Oil

Using a shaving oil, such as our Purple Shaving Elixir, has multiple benefits: it gives you a great shave and healthier skin - saving you time, money and effort.
  • Shaving oil helps to maximize glide by preparing and lubricating your skin, thus minimizing drag by lifting and softening your whiskers... helping to achieve your most close and comfortable shave. 
  • Shave for shave, oils are more economical.
  • Using a shaving oil allows you to see where you are shaving, helping you to get quick, precise, clean lines around a beard, sideburns or goatee.  Also helps when you’re manscaping other areas; head, chest or “undercarriage”… all places where “visibility is key” and where irritation, burning and ingrown hairs are not welcome.
  • A natural shaving oil is actually good for your skin, it helps to condition with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants while preventing razor burn, bumps and irritation.

Tip:  It's a good idea when using shaving oil to keep skin wet during your shave. This is because water acts as a carrier for the oil, ensuring even coverage and making it go further – so don't be afraid to add more (hot) water where required.

Whichever shaving product you use, here are a few helpful tips:

1. Use a good quality razor with a fresh, sharp blade. The multi-blade cartridge razors are great, but you can still get a great shave with a disposable if you do it right. (Straight blade razors, used with a quality badger-hair brush, are making a comeback).  If the razor is sharp enough, minimal pressure will be needed for removing hair.

2. Don’t skimp on the hot water. Shave following shower-time to pre-soften the skin and open up pores.  The hot water relaxes your facial muscles, opens the pores of your skin while it softens your whiskers for more effective cutting.  If you are foregoing the hot shower, be sure to soak your face with a hot, moist facecloth for a minute or two before shaving. You also need a bowl or sink full of hot water to refresh your razor as you go. 

3.  Massage shaving product into your hairs, in an upwards and circular motion, before actually bringing the razor to the skin. This will help to lift the hair follicles for a closer shave.

4. Shave with the grain, in short strokes.  Use a steady, constant motion, making each shaving stroke around 3–5 cm long. Be sure to rinse your razor in hot water after every couple of strokes. 

When going for the ultimate shave, your goal is to reduce friction between your face and your razor, as much as you can.  A great shave will leave you feeling as though the razor is gliding effortlessly across your skin and hair follicles. If you can feel the razor rubbing against your skin your shaving product has failed in its most important task which is to lubricate your skin.  Natural shaving oil is the perfect lubricant for the clean, close shave you have been seeking.

The above tips and information work well for women too.

Up Next:  Purple Essentials Male Grooming Products...

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