How to Get the Perfect Shave

For many modern men, the daily shave is a chore. For those with sensitive skin it could even be described as a trauma! But use the correct shaving method, some top-notch skincare products and a decent razor, and it needn’t be so bad…in fact, I’d even go so far as to suggest it can be pleasurable…

After years of honing my razor-wielding skills, I reckon I’ve got it down to a fine art.

The Prep

Preparation is the foundation of a good shave. To loosen current ingrown hairs and prevent new ones, try Clinique’s 100ml Face Scrub to revive and smoothe your skin.

Clinique 100ml Face Scrub, £15.50

The Location

Moisten your face cloth with hot water in the sink and press it to your face. If you’re like me and always in a mad rush, shave in the shower with the help of a hand mirror. You’ll not only save time, but you’ll also find the hot steam opens your pores, making for a closer shave.

The Shaving Cream

Use the shaving cream or gel of your choice to make for a smoother finish. I find The Shave Cream from The Gentry amazing. The black pepper and mint ingredients really invigorates, perfect for waking me up in the morning.

The Gentry Grooming Company’s The Shave Cream, £10.95

The Shaving Brush

Try and use a shaving brush to apply the shaving cream on your face. The bristles of the brush help exfoliate and lift hairs.

The Shave

Always shave in the direction of the hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs and be kinder on your skin. Glide the razor softly over the skin, holding it taught to ensure you capture all hairs. Rinse off the razor head after each stroke to remove shaving cream and hairs.

The Remedy

If you’re unlucky (as I often am) and cut yourself, just use a classic styptic pencil to stop bleeding fast. Those with sensitive skin will find Razor Relief Ultra after shave therapy from Lab Series gives instant relief from razor burn and speeds up healing with its moisturising effect.

Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra, £25

Kate O'Brien

Hi I'm Kate, in a previous life I was Womenswear Editor but these days you are more likely to find me pouring over a planning calendar than the latest copy of Elle in my role as Online Content Producer. A Northern tourist in London, some of my favourite things in life include red wine, chutney (accompanied by cheese), sequins, grey cashmere and Matt Damon. I am known in the HoF office for owning far too many coats for one person, laughing too loud, and drinking full fat Coke only when hungover. My life's ambition is a simple one; to own a Puggle.

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