“Shave With A Safety Razor The First Time with these Easy Tips”
The art of shaving used to be passed down from father to son for generations. Some time ago that tradition fell to the wayside of cheap disposable razors. Back in the day your father, your grandfather and definitely your great-grandfather shaved with an old-school safety razor. Thankfully vintage is cool again, and DE safety razors are making a comeback with young men and gentleman looking to add a bit of nostalgia and class to their morning routine. So take a look at How To Shave With A Safety Razor The First Time
Before You Begin
The first thing you need to know about shaving with a safety razor is that it is cheaper than shaving with a disposable razor set. The average razor cartridge cost around $2.25 per cartridge. That equals a whopping $67.50 per month if you shave every day. Since the blade on a safety razor doesn’t have to be replaced as often, you will save more money overall.
The second thing you need to know about a safety razor is that it is actually better for your skin than a disposable razor cartridge. Disposable cartridges have up to six blades which spread pore-clogging oils all over your face everytime you make a pass with the razor. The double-edged blade of a safety razor prevents this process entirely which minimizes acne and irritation.
The name is actually a bit of a misnomer as disposable razors are clearly “safer” than a safety razor, but all the best things in life include a small element of danger. Yes, it is likely that you will cut yourself the first time you shave with a safety razor, but that’s ok. Everyone does, even your grandpa. Safety razors are sold at shaving stores; however, vintage thrift and antique stores often sell classic and previously owned safety razors. You can pick up an old safety razor for less than $10 if you know where to look. Otherwise, a brand new safety razor can run between $20 and $60 depending on quality.
Quality Shaving Cream
No, not that gel garbage you see at the corner drug store. To build up a proper lather on your face, you need to buy quality shaving cream. Quality shaving creams are made from natural ingredients and are designed to produce a thick lather on your face, thus ensuring the best safety razor shave. A good shaving cream is definitely a summer essential for men.
Prepare Your Face
Before you shave, it’s important to prepare your face. The optimal time to shave is just after you step out of the shower. The hot steam and water open the pores of your face which ensures a smoother, less irritating shave. Otherwise be sure to splash hot water on your face and neck before you shave. Then exfoliate your skin with a scrubbing soap prior to shaving helps to ensure you don’t get unsightly ingrown hairs.
Replace the Blade
The best way to ensure the smoothest, safest shave is to replace the safety razor blade with a fresh one before each shave. Besides, there is nothing like the feeling of a close, clean, smooth shave with a brand new razor.
Guide the Blade
Gently apply even pressure on the blade but don’t force the blade in any way. The safety razor will cut you if too much pressure is applied. Short even strokes are the best way to ensure that you shave all the parts of the face. Go slow and take your time over the various nooks and crannies of your face and be sure never to move the blade sideways only. Never up and down.
Follow the Grain
The first pass with a safety razor should be with the grain of your face, which ensures the least amount of friction and skin irritation. It is important to note that the grain pattern of your face can be different on different areas of your face. Be sure to adjust on those areas, so you continually shave with the grain. Once you have shaved with the grain, it’s time to re-apply a full lather of shaving cream and to shave against the grain to ensure the smoothest shave possible.
Rinse With Cold Water
You did it. You shaved for the first time with a safety razor, and you’re only bleeding a little bit. Great job. Your grandfather would be proud. The final step is to rinse off your face and neck with cold water. The colder, the better. The cold water causes the open pores of your face to snap shut and prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Now you can throw on some aftershave and hit up the town knowing you have the smoothest shave in the room and be proud that you are now the type of gentleman who can shave with a safety razor.
Wait, you’re not done yet. Shaving is more than a skill; it’s an art and a tradition. Now that you are a master of the gentlemanly art of shaving it’s up to you to pass on what you know to the next generation of gentleman.
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