Friday, September 21, 2007

All About The Boys: The Art of Shaving

Today I am talking about shaving. I personally love my husband to have a clean, smooth, well shaven face. Some of you might love a little stubble or even a beard - but for those of you who are with me, this is the article for you.

What type of razor should he use?
There are a couple of choices - electric, disposable, straight edge, safety. It's best that a good quality multi-blade safety razor is used rather than a disposable razor, and a straight edge is definitely for the professionals. Multi-blade razors provide the closest possible shave. The only drawback can be that the closeness of its shave can cause the hair to grow back with a slight curl, which can ultimately lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. A good multi-blade razor is the Mach-3.

Double-edged safety razors are classic with a single, well-sharpened double-edged blade. They don't cut as close as razor cartridges, but they still shave well, and they prevent bumps and irritation. Their one disadvantage is a tendency to cause shaving nicks. It is important will all safety razor cartridges and razor blades is for them to be sharp. They should be replaced at the most every four weeks.

Electric shavers are convenient, fast, long-lasting and no cuts. A rotary shaver has a series of blades organized in a circular pattern on anywhere from one to three wheels. As you move the shaver across your face, the spinning wheels cut the beard like a lawnmower. Rotary shavers excel at cutting longer beards. A foil shaver contains a thin sheet of metal perforated with hundreds of tiny holes. Underneath this metal sheet are one to four horizontal rows of tiny cylindrical blades. As the shaver moves around your skin, the whiskers enter the holes, whereupon the spinning blades cut them off. The latest in sonic technology, the Braun Pulsonic is a leader for electric shaving.

I decided to ask expert Wendy Cocchia, owner of the Absolute Spa Group for her tips to the cleanest shave:
1. Anti-oxidant pre-shave is essential (will perk up the hair follicles in preparation for shaving)
2. Use warm towels or steam to soften the area to be shaved
3. Always use moisturizing shave lather or shave cream
4. Shave in the direction of hair growth and apply shave lather a second time and shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, this will give the closest shave (do not apply pressure at any time when shaving).
5. Finish with an alcohol free after shave balm, alcohol will cause skin irritations and ingrown hairs.

Here are some suggested products that he can use:

Anthony Logistics For Men Pre-Shave Oil
Blend of lightweight essential oils, softens the beard and prepares the skin for shaving. Helps prevent razor burn, especially good for those with heavy beards or those prone to razor bumps and in grown hairs.

Sabon NYC Shaving Cream

With white tea oil, coconut oil, aloe, shea butter, olive oil, grapeseed oil and jojoba; this one-of-a-kind cream is the ideal pre-shaving salve.

Kiehl's Close-Shavers Shaving Formula
Formulated for men with sensitive skin, ingrown hairs, razor burn, or a tough beard, our dual-purpose formula is ideal as a pre-shave hair softener or for creative shaving. Blending some of the most efficacious natural oils, this shave oil protects, comforts, and moisturizes skin for a smooth, comfortable shave.

Sabon NYC Aftershave
The ultimate skin protector: With white tea oil, chamomile, aloe and shea butter. This aftershave will calm and condition your sensitive skin and leave a gentleman’s face dangerously smooth.

Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Post-Shave Soother Beard Control Formula
Helps make beard hair softer and finer over time so shaves are easier, smoother. Last longer. Soothing formula comforts just-shaved skin. Encourages healing of minor nicks, cuts. For all skin types.

The Art of Shaving Ingrown Hair Night Cream
Effectively accelerates the relief of ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Pure, unrefined African shea butter softens the skin, allowing ingrown hairs to break free, as jojoba oil moisturizes and unclogs pores. White willow bark and meadowsweet extract, containing salicilin, gently exfoliate and release the trapped hair. Therapeutic essential oils reduce inflammation, while botanical extracts rich in fruit acids improve the skin's texture.

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Blogger Fabulously Broke in the City said...

Now the only issue is how to wrangle my husband down to read the post so he can stop whining about cutting himself in the shower :P

7:27 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My hubby uses the Mach-3, and it seems to be great. (I've even borrowed it a time or two, shhhh!)

10:35 a.m.  
Blogger eye4style said...

Great post! I just wanted to chime in and recommend Jack Black's Beard Lube. I got my boyfriend hooked on it, he won't use any other shaving cream now!

10:43 a.m.  
Anonymous Divina said...

My boyfriend has always complained that his face burns after using his electric shaver.

After I got him to read this Blog he's switched to wet-shave products and there are no more complaints. Thanks :)

2:21 p.m.  
Anonymous Gwen said...

My boyfriend has always complained that his face burns after using his electric shaver.

After I got him to read this Blog he's switched to wet-shave products and there are no more complaints. Thanks :)

2:24 p.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

Thank you all for the comments. I felt it was important to reach out to my male readers. My husband wants to try the new braun shaver but we'll have to see if it's in the budget.

2:32 p.m.  

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