STOP! If you're the type that prefers to
plug your razor into the wall, read
When to go electric.
For you blade scrapers, forget anything
else you may have heard about shaving. This is how it works:
1. First, prepare your face. Use warm
water to soften your beard and opens pores. Shaving during or immediately
after your shower usually works best. You may even try putting a hot towel
on your face for a few minutes to really soften things up.
2. Apply your shave cream, gel, or soap
to your face and neck. Use your fingers or a shave brush and plenty of warm
water to create a lather.
3. Shave. ALWAYS SHAVE WITH THE GRAIN
FIRST. Neglecting to do this may result in ingrown hairs and razor burn. Be
sure to check if the hairs on your neck grow in the same direction as those
on your face. Start with the sides of your face and finish with tough areas
such as your chin and neck. This gives the shave cream time to really soften
those areas. Use smooth, even strokes and sharp, swivel- head blades – we
recommend Mach 3. Also, be sure to rinse the blade often with warm water.
4. Need to delay that 5 o’clock shadow?
There’s only one way to do it: RE-LATHER and shave against the grain or
sideways across the grain using smaller strokes. You must RE-LATHER and
shave again if you want to avoid irritation. So plan ahead and start your
shave 5 minutes sooner.
5. Rinse your face with cool water to
help close the pores.
6. Lastly, protect your MUG by applying
an alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and moisturizing after shave balm, gel, or
lotion. This may be the most important step in that it nourishes, protects,
soothes and regenerates the skin. By doing so, you make each successive
shave more comfortable and beneficial.
If you have a tough beard or have
sensitive skin, apply a layer of pre-shave oil to your face and neck. This
will protect the skin by softening the beard and helping the razor glide
over the skin. You can use pre-shave oils by themselves or under your shave
Use your free hand to gently stretch and hold the skin on your face while
shaving. This provides a smoother glide surface for your razor and usually
makes the shave closer.