I never said hi here, but I'll sure say THANKS.
Having shaved with a DE for about six months with no guidance I decided that I needed to do some research, which led me to this site. My objectives initially were to:
- Look more professional for work
- get a close shave
- reduce costs
- Use more recyclables blades
Four weeks on I have a fantastically smooth shave, increased but levelling out costs, no more redness and the unexpected benefit of an overall healthier looking face.
My learning consisted of the following stages:
- Get some decent expensive shaving gear, got a close shave for most areas, but a tad uneven.
- Get some more expensive shaving gear, got a close shave everywhere, but a red and sore neck. Realised it's pointless to be close shaven if you look all red and sore.
- Focus on the whole shaving routine, introduce some 'related' practices, eg. facial scrub, exfoliating, cleansing, etc. This led to not just a better jawline area, but an overall healthier looking face, even eliminating some red irritated skin areas that I've had for years.
- Read some more, keep practising get the angle and blade pressure correct.
I still have a little way to go, but overall my routine is down pat, the face is looking good (I'm no model) and even friends are noticing the difference.
Things that have made the biggest difference, mostly learnt from this site:
- Get a complete routing, include appropriate pre and post shave - for me this includes:
- Face scrub/exfoliate (I now thoroughly was/cleanse at least twice a day, just to help my shaving)
- Pre-shave + hot towel (I time myself so I don't rush it)
- Good lather - initially I didn't like soaps so I bought creams (easier to lather), as I've progressed I've gone back to soaps .
- Shave with absolutely no pressure, see here float. Sounds odd, but I've found less pressure = closer shave.
- Lots of cold water & Alum block (if I the alum stings in any way, I know I've used too much pressure, this is my new gauge)
- Whitchazel and Moisturise
- If I get razor burn, stop shaving for a few days, for me it takes almost four days for the redness to fade. However I need to be clean shaven for work, therefore with redness I half-shave every other day.
- Relax and be patient as you're learning, for me 'trying' for a close shave didn't achieve anything but razor burn.
So thanks to 'you guys', I've met my objectives and much more. Now I've found the razor and products the costs will be minimal, I consistently get a close shave and along the way I gained an overall better complexion (need a more manly word). What I didn't expect was for my wife to appreciate all this, but she is very impressed with my improved skin, and she prefers the manly aftershave scents, which in turn are much cheaper than designer perfumes, although, as I was spending so much time in the bathroom on my personal hygiene she was a little suspicious, which required a lot of "I'm doing all this for you darling".
Next stop is to go for a professional shave and see the difference, I just fear this will temp me to try a straight razor, and then it all starts again.