Nicks, scrapes and blemishes are easily avoided with the help of a few well-chosen shaving products. To get started, you need to consider both pre-shave and post-shave to make sure your skin is cared for. Depending on whether you’re clean-shaven, with a full beard, or somewhere in between, there’s a whole range of finely tuned products out there. But don’t forget to also take your skin type into account. Each of these little elements will help define your choice.
Prepping your skin is a top priority before setting that razor to your skin. Pre-shave oils and moisturisers will hydrate your face, giving the blade a smooth surface to glide across, avoiding unsightly post-shave bumps. Lush products include the ultra-nourishing Dear Barber Shave Oil, and GENTLEMEN’S TONIC Pre-Shave Oil. For the shave itself, choose a cream or foam that’ll keep your skin supple, like Rogue Lubricious Shave Cream.
Soothing your skin post-shave can reduce redness and irritation, and replenish lost moisture. All important points if you want to side-step that blotchy, red-faced look. Great post-shave products include the BOSS BOTTLED. Aftershave Balm with a zingy, fresh scent. Jack Black’s Post Shave Cooling Gel is soothing and alcohol-free if you need something for sensitive skin, and The Bluebeards Revenge Cooling Moisturiser is hydrating with a masculine scent.
Razor sharp blades
Ditching old blades is one of the biggest shaving tips you can rely on. Sharp, clean razors are the key to a smooth shave. Your budget and skin type with help you choose the right products. On-the-go, Gillette’s Blue 3 Disposables Razors come in handy. The patented King Of Shaves Hyperglide System Razor is great for a close shave, and the Edwin Jagger Chrome Lined Long DE Razor is ideal for experienced wet shavers.
Looking after your beard
If you’re a proud bearded type, keeping your whiskers shiny, conditioned and fresh is a must. Luckily, you have a huge selection of products to choose between. Just like American Crew’s Beard Serum, Woody’s Grooming Stache Wax, and U.S Apothecary’s super-smoothing Juniper Geranium Beard Balm.