How you groom is just as much a part of your personal style as the clothes on your back. Is it time to raise the bar? If so, shaving with a double-edge safety razor can be a real game changer. Sure, it's an old-school manly art and there’s a bit of a learning curve. But once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to give yourself the closest most comfortable shave with the least amount of nicks, cuts and ingrown hairs. A double-edge shave can elevate your smoothness the same way wearing a perfectly tailored suit, a new pair of shades or an artfully broken in pair of boots can. Of course, achieving that kind effortless cool takes a little effort.
How To Choose Your Safety Razor
Hands down, a stylish safety razor will look a hell of a lot better displayed in your bathroom than a plastic disposable. And the blades are cheaper too! Here’s what you’ll need to consider before purchasing. Double-edge shaving is a lot like hitting a golf ball. Your natural instinct is to step up to the tee and swing with all your might, which never works. You’ll drive a lot further when you let the club do the work. The same goes for using a safety razor. Applying just the right amount of pressure and positioning the blade at a 30-degree angle is the key to a super close, nick-free shave. It takes practice, a light touch and choosing a razor that feels right in your hand. Read Grooming Lounge’s full tutorial on choosing double-edge, safety and straight razors or you follow this primer.
How To Use Your Safety Razor
Double-edge shaving is much different than dragging the old Bic across your face. Slow down and enjoy the experience. Now that you’ve upgraded to the right safety razor and you're ready with a fresh blade it’s time to prep the skin. Start by using a facial scrub twice a week. Exfoliating will get rid of the dead skin cells, deep clean pores and free ingrown hairs. A good scrub allows for a closer shave and improves the efficacy of all your other skincare products. Beard oil comes next. If you're new to the double-edge shaving game, you'll appreciate a high-quality formulation like Grooming Lounge Beard Master Shave Oil. It lifts beard hairs away from the skin, and the see-through super slick oil provides a nice glide allowing newbies to see exactly what they're shaving. Packed with nourishing botanicals, it's enough all on its own or you can cocktail it with Beard Destroyer Shave Cream. Applying it with a shaving brush will also help raise facial hairs priming your mug for the shave of your life.
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