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Instead of following the traditional wet shave, which was once an art, men are now taking to the easy and cheap ways of shaving by using razor and shaving products. The use of double-edged safety razor has widely come into use, which is considered to give more consistent and better shave, reduce the costs of shaving and help in reducing the environmental impact.
Why Shave With a Safety Razor
Using a double edge safety razor can help you get the cleanest shave without harming the environment. Whereas disposable cartridges have a negative impact on the environment, the modern way of shaving with a safety razor is eco-friendly as well as properly safeguards your skin from any possible blemishes while shaving. With a safety razor, you can get access to areas which are tough to reach such as the crevices, around the neck and under the nose.
You also obtain a cleaner and smoother shave and moreover, you require to apply less pressure as compared to the disposable razors. You will also feel less irritation on your skin with the safety razors which are made of quality steel. With a quality blade which is set to a proper angle, you will only need to pass the blade two or three times to get a complete shave.
Selecting the Perfect Safety Razor
- Selecting the perfect safety razor could be quite a tedious job unless you are prepared to take a few risks by experimenting at random using safety razors.
- For starters, 38C and the 99R safety razors can be a perfect choice because they are not too sharp and helps to protect the skin.
- The short handle and heavyweight safety razors like the 91R and 34C are for every guy who wants to have a well-balanced razor in hand.
- According to the level of closeness of the shave and for touching up the sideburns, mustaches, eyebrows, and beards, the detailing/adjustable safety razors like the 907 and the 700/701 are the best choice.
- Other razors which you can choose depending on your shaving goals include the smorgasbord, butterfly open, shavettes and the straight razors.
How to Shave With a Safety Razor
To enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable experience using a safety razor, you will need to follow these instructions.
- Prepare your beard by hydrating the beard and mustache with warm water. The best way is to take a shower with hot water. You can use a hot towel to hydrate the facial hair properly. You can also apply a natural shaving oil.
- Do not apply extra pressure and let the razor move around and do the work by applying a gentle touch to slice the hair after giving a lift.
- Using short strokes is the best way to achieve the desired result, instead of the long strokes that come down to the jawline.
- Shave with grain to ensure a smooth and complete shave. To do this you should know the direction of the facial hair growth. Move the safety razor, according to the direction of the hair growth, which may be different in different parts of the face. Those required to shave continuously for a few days, you will require to re-lather and shave against the grain.
- Wash your face with cold water and dry with a towel.
You will need the following tools for achieving a successful shave.
- A quality safety razor
- A pack of double-edged razor blades
- Shaving brush, which will help you to lather the facial hair properly
- High-quality natural shaving creams and soaps that are soft on the skin and help to nourish the skin as well
Cold Process Soap Making Process
Prepare a mix with Coconut Oil (30%) for bubbly and rich lather, Palm Oil (30%) for hard, creamy and stable bar, Castor Oil (10%) for creaminess and lather, Sunflower Oil (15%) for lather and conditioning, Olive Oil (10%) and Coco Butter (5%) for conditioning. Other ingredients include water, Lye, essential oil/fragrance, and Bentonite Clay.
Tips for a Smooth and Complete Shave
The following tips can help you to achieve a relaxing and enjoyable shave.
- Do not take to dry process of shaving. Always wash your face with warm water. The best thing would be to take a hot shower.
- Exfoliate the skin with products like bath scrubs and loofahs.
- Wash your face with less warm water before shaving to avoid your skin to become prone to cuts.
- Instead of using soap go for a shaving cream in the form of a gel or a foam.
- Move the razor against the grain, paying attention to the direction of the growth of the facial hair.
- Rinse your face with cold water aftershave for closing the pores. Apply a self-tanning product.
- Protect your skin from the sun as much as possible.
- Replace safety razors on a regular basis.
- Ignore the myths which suggest the regrowth of thicker hair.