We have a little secret when it comes to shaving: It's just a clever parlor trick. Men don't realize, that the key to a great shave is prepping. In other words, that neoprene-smooth feeling you get after seeing a barber has less to do with the blade than with the other things being done to your face while you're focused on the steadiness of your barbers' hand.
Things like opening your pores with steam and hot water, massaging essential oils into your beard, and lathering you up with an impossibly thick shave cream. And here's something SkincareStore is glad to share with all the men out there: You can get pretty much the same effect right in your own WC.
Make sure you've prepped your beard with warm water. Ideally, you'll shave in the shower, but after-shower shaving works just as well.
Once the moisture has softened your whiskers, massage some lubricant into your beard. Purists insist on a thick-lather cream, but gel provides a more than adequate alternative, and lets you see what you're doing as you shave your sideburns.
Now you're ready to shave. Apply light pressure, and shave with the direction of your whiskers to minimize irritation. When you're done, splash cold water on your newly shorn cheeks to close up the pores.
After you've patted your face dry, moisturize with an aftershave balm. The moisture soothes your skin and prepares it for the next time you – or your barber – drag a sharp blade across your neck.
And there you have it! Now you just need some gel, creams and a good shaving brush, and SkincareStore have a full range available online now!