The Perfect Shave
By Brian David Douglas
So, you made it through “No-Shave November” and the rush of the holidays! With the onset of the New Year, are you ready for a fresh, clean-shaven new you?
For most guys, shaving is considered a dreaded utilitarian chore. When done improperly it can also lead to nicks and cuts, razor burn, bumps and missed hairs. The good news is this doesn’t have to be the case! Shaving can become an enjoyable part of your daily routine. Think of it as a little spa time each morning. Here is my routine for the perfect shave:
Preparation is key!
No, the shampoo running down from your hair and the bar of soap you just used to clean your nether regions are not a substitute for a facial cleanser. Washing your face with an appropriate, ph-balanced, cleanser will help remove oil, dirt and bacteria from the skin.
Exfoliate before you shave.
Using an exfoliant mask prior to shaving will help remove built-up dead surface skin cells that can clog your razor. It also deep cleans and removes excess oil, softens the beard and allows for the closest shave possible.
Apply your shaving cream like a king!
Nothing feels more elegant and regal than applying shaving cream with a shaving brush. Prepare the brush by heating it under hot water. Apply a few dabs of your favorite shaving gel and work it into the face and neck in a circular motion. This lifts the hairs enabling the blade to catch the base for a close shave.
Let’s do this!
Do I really need to mention the importance of a clean, fresh razor? I prefer multi-blade razors, as they require less passes. A disposable razor blade should only be used for no more than ten shaves before being disposed. Shave in long, even strokes in the direction of the hair growth. If you want to do a second pass against the grain, be sure to re-apply the shaving cream between strokes.
Use an aftershave after shaving.
This seems logical enough, yet so many guys leave out this important step. An appropriate aftershave works as an astringent to close the pores and remove any trace remnants of shaving cream. This will also reduce any redness and help to prevent any break out or bumps.
If you can commit to a regimen and use quality products, you will find that shaving will become some “you time” that you actually enjoy. So what do I use? Here are my favorites:
- Hydra Refine Cleansing Mousse (Repechage®) Washes deep down, and helps eliminate pore-clogging oil. This soap free formula contains Marine Seaweed with astringent Lemongrass and fresh, cooling Cucumber.
- One-Minute Exfoliating Mask (Repechage®) Exfoliates with tiny spheres of rice bran wax and lactic acid. With special Seaweed, Lemongrass and Cucumber blend, it leaves skin feeling clean and smooth.
- Cremo® Original Shave Cream Contains unique molecules that become impossibly slick when mixed with water, so your blade can glide effortlessly over skin.
- Herbal Astringent Pore Perfecting Solution (Repechage®) A blend of Seaweed, Willow Bark and seven natural herb extracts to deep cleanse and refresh skin as it helps reduce the appearance of shine and absorbs excess oil.
5. Essential Oil of Seaweed (Repechage®) This Vitamin E and natural Seaweed oil is the perfect beard oil for those still sporting some beard! It nourishes the skin and won’t clog the pores.
Brian David Douglas is the owner of David Douglas Spa in Wilton Manors, FL. David Douglas Spa is a Global Wellness Award winning spa, named “Top Spa for Men” by American Spa Magazine. Douglas is an International Educator for Repechage® Skin Care and was named the “Rising Star” in skin care at the 19th International Congress. Douglas is a dual-licensed Massage Therapist and Aesthetician and former Massage Instructor. He specializes in Anti-Aging and Wellness solutions.