Barber-Tested Tips for a Perfect Shave

Barber-Tested Tips for a Perfect Shave

By: Beau Vuillemot • Mar 28, 2022

Wouldn’t we all like a personal barber to give us the perfect shave at a moment’s notice? Unfortunately, that’s a faraway dream for most of us, but that doesn’t mean that barber-level experience is completely out of your hands. It’s not easy to get a close shave (and you may have the nicks and cuts to prove it), but these barber-tested tips will help you do just that, giving you an incredibly smooth and comfortable shave that leaves your skin feeling great.

Start With the Best Shaving Cream

You can shave with soap, but it’s going to dry out your skin and leave you looking like you just crawled out of bed. To get a close, smooth shave (and not develop ingrown hairs or razor burn), use some high-quality shaving cream when preparing your face for a shave.  Look for creams that are designed specifically to be used with razors—they will contain ingredients that don’t clog pores or cause irritation.  It might seem like an extra step at first, but trust us: It’ll make all of your future shaves much better. Our Sandalwood Shaving Cream leaves you wiht a cool sensation during your shave, preventing stubble and unwanted ingrown hair along the way.

Use the Best Aftershave

After you shave, apply aftershave. Aftershave will not only reduce irritation from shaving, but it also hydrates and refreshes your skin, preventing blemishes from appearing on your face. Also, if you do get irritated or experience razor burn, applying some aftershave can help to soothe your skin faster. Look for aftershave that is formulated to revitalize, protect, hydrate and gently cleanse your skin. Aftershave's anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, tightening pores and leaving your face feeling cool and refreshed. Avoid razor burn with our After-Shave Balm, perfect for all skin types and comes with a soothing Sandalwood scent.

Use Quality Razors

Quality razors tend to last longer and provide a closer shave. Keep your blade sharp: Sharp blades are more precise and efficient than dull ones. Don’t skimp on regular blade replacement; pay attention to how quickly your blades become dull, and invest in new blades before that happens. But always be sure to change your blade after 5 shaves—even if it still feels effective. Keeping track of how often you need to replace your blades will help you tell when they’re dulling too quickly and make you more aware of when it might be time for an upgrade. Our Barber Single Edge Razor Blades are made with Japanese Stainless Steel and provide a smooth and close shave, leaving your skin without no sign of irritation.

Use Good Technique to Eliminate Bumps, Irritation and Injuries

The most common mistake guys make is skimping on preparation. Make sure to take your time lathering up and prepping your skin, and it’ll go a long way toward reducing irritation, redness and razor burn—not to mention nicks and cuts. And don’t press down so hard when you shave; let your blade do all of the work. You can also reduce irritation by taking hot showers or applying a warm compress to your face before shaving. Another good trick? Take an antihistamine before shaving (after testing its effectiveness with a small patch of skin). It will help reduce swelling in sensitive areas and prevent ingrown hairs. Your morning routine doesn’t have to be complicated, but taking some time out beforehand can make all the difference between an awesome shave and an awkward one.

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