Best Wet shave – “The shave”

Best Wet shave – “The shave”

The shave starts after you are well soaped and your skin and beard have had a chance to absorb some of the properties of the pre shave and the shaving soap. We are holding in our hand an instrument of precision and smoothness. proper technique is the key to obtaining a cut free and smooth shave. There have been several occasions when I was shaving at 4:00 am when my concentration strayed slightly and I received a small nick. Everyone's face and beard are different and will require a little different technique but the main principles will remain the same whether you have been shaving for a week or for 50 years. First off is the way that the handle is held in your hand. You want to hold the handle in a firm grasp but not a strangle hold where you can bend and flex your wrist to change the position of the razor blade in relation to the angle of the blade to your face. You will generally want to have a routine or order for which areas you shave first, starting at sideburns and working to the middle or starting at the nose and working outward. Do not apply pressure to the razor as you are shaving let the weight of the razor do the work of cutting for you. Take short strokes with the razor and overlap each pass slightly as you work you way around the shaving area. Try to hold the handle at an approximately 30 degree angle to your face which will mean paying attention when you come to direction changes of your skin , i.e. the curve at your chin, and jaw, the fold for your cheek near your mouth , any bumps  moles on your skin.  Holding the skin taught with your free hand will improve the smoothness of the cut from the razor. After your initial first pass you can take a little soap from the brush tip and reapply it lightly to your shaved area with your free hand, there will probably be a spot or two where the hair grows in a different direction on your skin and your free hand will know where these are when you glide your fingertips over them. A light second pass going cross grain will usually pick up any stragglers. After you are satisfied with the cut, rinse your face with cold water to tighten the pores of the skin. ( the perceive wash, oil and shave soap along with the warm water have brought the hair follicles closer to the surface of your skin. This will pull the Hair follicles back down into the skin and make the shave feel especially smooth. it is now time for some after shave lotion of your choice. I am fond of formulas with glycerin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDpmyUF5iDM

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