Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Some men can lather, shave, wash off and be done. The rest of us could do with a little help to get the best out of their shave, and fortunately there are products and techniques that can help. 

The easiest pre-shave prep you can do is to shower before you shave, and ensure you get plenty of warm water on your face. While doing so, make sure your shaving brush is soaking in hot water, and if you use a solid soap, sprinkle a little of this water from the brush onto the top of the soap to soften it up prior to creating a lather. This simple trick greatly improves the latherability of many hard-to-use soaps, even $2 supermarket soaps!

One of the most popular (but certainly not only) pre-shave products is Proraso’s famous Pre and Post cream, best known in it’s stimulating Menthol and Eucalyptus version but available in Green Tea and Oat for sensitive skin. Before you prepare your lather, massage a fingertip’s sized amount onto your slightly damp skin, then allow a minute or two for it to soak in. If you prefer to create your lather in a bowl, then take your time in doing so, otherwise, find another grooming task to attend to while the Pre-shave absorbs. You should find a pre-shave makes your shave glide much easier and leaves your skin feeling much smoother afterwards.

Use of a post-shave is entirely a matter of personal choice, but many people find an alum block, such as that produced by Osma, helps to reduce irritation. Alum is also a styptic, helping to seal nicks and cuts and close pores. Simply run a little cold water over the block then gently rub it over your face.
After drying, alum may leave a white residue, so you may need to rinse your face again. It is highly recommended that you moisturise at this point, as alum can be very drying.