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Best Way To Shave - It's A Personal Thing
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Like I said in the title the best way to shave is a very personal thing. It's going to be very dependent on what type of skin you have, your preferences, and level of experience.

If you try to shave how I shave you will probably have have razor burn for the next three days. I have very forgiving skin, I can wet my face with water, shave and not have even the slightest hint of razor burn. Other people get razor burn by just looking at a razor. You're going have to discover what the best way to shave is for you.

Razors:

Some men like the electric razors, some prefer the disposable one blade razors, some like the mach three, some like to go old school with a straight blade. This is all preference. Personally, I started out with a mach three. I used the mach three exclusively until I started learning how to shave with a straight razor. Now I shave with both a straight razor and a mach 3. It is my goal to shave well enough with a straight that I can drop the mach 3 completely

Every type of razor will have people that swear by them. The only way to find out if you like them is to try them out.

Shaving creams and soaps:  Your typical shaving cream comes in an aerosol can. This is what most men use. It wasn't until I started shaving with a straight razor that I started using shaving soaps and applying it with a badger hair brush.

With the shaving soaps I feel that my skin does feel better after shaving than it does when I use shaving cream from an aerosol can. I have also noticed that I can get more shaves out of mach 3 razors before I have to throw them away when using shaving soaps. I think this is because they lubricate the skin better so there is less friction between my face and the razors.

Some Tips:

It's a really good idea to take a hot shower before you shave as this softens your beard and makes it easier to cut. If you're like me and don't like waking up extra early to take a shower you can just apply hot water to your face before lathering up.

A technique I learned when I was learning to shave with a straight razor is to pull the skin on your face taut. Let's say you are shaving down your cheek. Then you will want to pull the skin of your cheek up in the opposite direction you are shaving with the razor. This lifts your hair up off the skin and allows you to get a closer shave.

Another tip that helps out a lot, especially when you're trying to get a really close shave, is to do multiple passes. Start out shaving with the direction of the hair growth, lather up,  shave across the direction of hair growth, lather up again, and then shave against the direction of hair growth.

A lot of people tend to get razor burn doing multiple passes with a mach 3.  Like I said before I have very forgiving skin and I can get away with doing multiple passes.  I can also get away with shaving with only water, and going aginst the grain.  I have found this to be the best way to shave for me, particularly when I'm in a rush in the morning.

In short the best way to shave is the way that you have discovered through trial and error that causes you the least razor burn and that you have found to be the most enjoyable. Do not be afraid to experiment and try different things out. Happy Shaving!


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