How to Do a Wet Shave

Modern men usually use electronic razors to do a dry shave. But, with the rise of the modern gentleman trend, more men are now mastering the art of the wet shave.

The traditional wet shave involves the use of a blade shaver, cream, gel, or soap, and a shaving brush. The process takes a bit longer than the dry shave, but is highly beneficial. Traditional wet shaving is better as it gives you the closest and cleanest shave. It also helps you remove dead cells and exfoliate your skin. Using quality tools and skin products can even reduce the occurrence of razor burn and small wounds. Finally, once you get used to it, you’ll enjoy it as a grooming ritual, and not a chore.

Here’s how you can do a wet shave:

1. Purchase quality products and tools.

First, purchase quality products. Committing yourself to the wet shaving process means investing in quality products and tools. You can buy shaver online through an online shaving subscription. A shaving subscription provides you with a shaver in the color of your choice and a monthly stock of new blades. Signing up for a shaving subscription ensures that you have a regular stock of quality blades in your bathroom cabinet. You can also purchase shaving creams, gels, soaps and brushes online as well.

2. Set a schedule.

Set aside enough time to do a wet shave to achieve results and prevent yourself from having razor burn. A regular wet shave takes around 10 to 30 minutes of your time.

3. Prepare your products and tools.

Bring out everything you need: your shaver, skin products, shaving brush and bowl, and a couple of towels.

4. Begin your wet shave with a completely wet face.

Wash your face and make sure that it’s completely wet. Then put a hot towel around your beard and neck area to soften your hair follicles and ease shaving.

5. Use pre-shaving oil.

Moisturize using pre-shaving essential oils to clean and soften the skin. The oil also acts as a lubricant for the blade.

6. Lather up using a shaving brush.

Then lather up your skin with cream, gel, or liquid soap.  exfoliate your skin using a shaving brush. Using a shaving brush helps you create a thicker lather while exfoliating your skin and removing dead cells. Brush until you get a light, opaque lather around your face.

7. Shave using the grain of your hair.

Facial hair grain refers to the direction your hair is growing. Use light pressure as you move the blade up and down your face at a 30 to 45 degree angle. Remember to rinse your shaver every after stroke.

8. Do a second pass.

Repeat steps 5 to 7.

9. Rinse using cold water.

Rinse your face using cold water to close your pores and rejuvenate your skin.

10. Use an aftershave.

Shaving makes your face vulnerable so you need to put on a non-alcohol aftershave to protect your skin.

11. Pat your skin dry.

Dry your skin using another towel. Clean and put your shaving kit away.

You’re all set!