We’ve been spending on a lot of time focusing our efforts on clothing. This article is being dedicated to the importance of the gentleman’s shave. A gentleman can look dapper in his wardrobe and personal style, but a rough and scruffy face that is un-kept can ruin it all quickly. Sure you may not like to shave because it’s a hassle, or you don’t see the reason to. It’s simple. Guys if you grow facial hair or wear facial hair you need to know how to shave. It’s part of your wardrobe and people will notice.
It wasn’t until 4000 B.C. that shaving was instituted. We can thank the Egyptians for their insane hygiene ways to remain hairless (lice-free). Of course for them this was a criminal act to have any visible hair on the body. I’m glad times have changed. It wasn’t long after that when the Romans, Scandinavians and Greeks started shaving. All of this to say is that the gentlemen’s shave has been a way of life for years. I personally am a huge fan of shaving. Think about it men, where is the first place people look when they greet you, your face? No one greets your back, legs, or feet.
Having an un-kept face is like having a dirty house. The last thing I want to do is invite you over to my nasty unclean house. It’s embarrassing. A true gentleman considers his facial hair with his wardrobe. If you have never taken the time to shave properly, then this will change the way you shave. Please keep in mind that I will be expanding on many of these elements in future articles. Let’s get started.
A Clean Face. Our face is a collecting agent for oil, bacteria, and dry skin. The first step in a proper shave is to wash your face with a good cleansing product. Think of your face as a work of art in progress. You want to use quality products to create a masterpiece. I have tried many facial cleansers and scrubs for men. I finally settled on a product called “Every Man Jack Face Scrub.” The reasons why I settled on this product are because it’s all-natural. The last thing you want to do is add more chemicals to your face. The second reason is because it actually cleanses and removes dirt, film, and oil while leaving my skin still hydrated. No man wants a wrinkled “prune” face. Every Man Jack Face Scrub can be purchased at a local Wal-Mart, Target, or Wegmans for no more than $5.00. Regardless find a good facial cleanser and start there.
A Heated Cloth. Sorry guys, but never shave before you shower. Your skin is dry and unprepared for the razor. Keep in mind when you shave, you are shaving a layer off your face. A great technique that I personally use is a wet hot towel or washcloth. Barbers use this technique. Wet the towel or cloth with hot water, squeeze out excess water and rest it on your face and neck for 30 seconds. I usually do this twice to allow my skin time to take in both the heat and moisture.
Preshave Oil. The whole purpose of applying preshave oil to your face is to create a protective barrier on your face. This protective layer keeps your face safe from the blade of the razor. Please keep in mind that this is optional, but it really does help. If you were interested in good quality preshave oil I would highly recommend you try American Crew Ultra Gliding Shave Oil.
Lathering Options. There are many different options out there when it comes to lathering for shaving such as shaving soaps, shaving creams, and the classic shaving foam in cans. These are all personal preferences, but I must warn you that all those shaving foams in cans are full of air and chemicals. No man wants to place a handful of air-filled chemical foam on his face. I would suggest you explore the world of shaving soaps and shaving creams. I will be expanding on this more in future articles. I personally use shaving soap for a great traditional lather. Shaving soaps are the way to go if you’re looking to save money, have good quality product, and have a product that stays with you for months. If you want to explore these two types of products I suggest you check out Royal Shave at: .
Brushes. I’m sure you’re asking what a shaving brush is because it has lost its popularity over the years. Now that you are finally beginning to understand the importance of shaving you will need to understand the importance of the brush. Once you start using a shaving brush you will never stop using one again. I love using the brush, because it is much more efficient and creates a rich warm lather for my face. Get a brush!
Razor Selection. Most men are used to using plastic disposable razors. There’s a reason why they’re plastic and disposable…because they’re plastic disposable junk. Gentlemen we are talking about your face. Think of your face as a Cadillac or a classic Rolls Royce. You want to treat it with respect and care. Our face is the same way. If you’re going to put a blade to your face, make sure it’s a good one. I have three simple suggestions for you. First, look into purchasing a safety razor. These are double edge razors just like your grandpa used. They are affordable and the blades last long for a close shave. Second, consider using a Mac 3 Razor. The cartridges are a little more expensive, but you will avoid all the nicks and cuts of shaving. Finally, if you want to regain your “man card” start using a straight razor. I have been using one for over a year. It’s an experience you’ll never forget and you feel like a real gentleman when using one.
Post Shave. So after you have enjoyed your manly shave your pores need to be closed up to prevent irritation and razor burn. Take your towel and dip or run it under cold water. Then press it on your face and neck for 15-20 seconds. This will reduce any razor burn and seal up those open pores. Next your skin will need a post shave balm or cream. I suggest a good product called “Every Man Jack Face Lotion.” I have tried several products and found this one to be cost effective, long lasting, and effectively smooth.
Men I encourage you to check out some of the sites I have suggested. Explore what’s out there. Your face deserves so much more. Also I have included a fantastic YouTube video from the boys over at Shaveology. Also the next few articles I will dedicate to follow-up with shaving tools in more detail. Enjoy.