Most men consider shaving a necessary evil. It has the potential to wreak havoc on the skin, but you put on a brave face and endure the razor rash, nicks, and cuts because that’s what you’ve always done. The fact is, however, with the right shaving and skincare tools at your disposal, you can bank on your shaving experience being flawless every time. In this blog post, we talk you through the 7 steps to a Perfect Shave with our brand of the month men-ü.
Ideally, you should begin your shave with a shower. If this isn’t possible, you can use steam and hot water to the same ends, but a shower is the best way to kick off. Hot water and steam opens up your pores and soften the beard hair, making for a much smoother shave with less irritation.
Ultra concentrate men-ü Shave Crème has a high percentage of active ingredients including moisturisers to help create the maximum amount of glide for your razor blade. Less aeration in the Crème means less waste – only what is in contact with skin and blade matters, all else is wasted.
Using a shaving brush to apply your Shave Crème will will lightly exfoliate the skin to prevent your blade from clogging, as well as thoroughly distribute the product throughout the facial hair. Crucially, using a brush lifts the hair from the face, meaning when you shave, the hair is at the optimal angle to avoid becoming ingrown after a couple of days.
Blades will continue to cut hair as they blunt, almost to the point of complete deterioration. But as they lose their edge, you’ll need to press harder to achieve the same results, and need to pass over the same patch of skin multiple times. This means terrible things for your skin: you’ll not only increase irritation and ingrown hairs, but have a greater chance of cutting yourself. Use a high quality blade that keeps its sharpness over time, discarding when you begin to notice blunting, in order to avoid this.
Cleaning the blade and storing it upside down to drip dry will prolong the life of the blade significantly.
After shaving, your skin is left vulnerable, and therefore it’s essential that you cleanse. Pump one shot of the men-ü Healthy Facial Wash into your hands, and apply to wet skin. Through the antispectic properties of the face wash, you will eradicate the risk of experiencing bacterial infection in any micro-lacerations from shaving. Thoroughly cleanse the face and neck, focusing on areas that have been shaved.
Rinse with cool water, dry with a towel, and use the Matt Skin Refresh Gel to rehydrate, close the pores, fight the production of sebum, and fight inflammation. The gel also helps to overcome ingrown hairs.
No matter how much care you’ve taken throughout the shaving process, your skin will have just taken a beating. Lock in moisture, replenish the skin’s barrier function, and soothe any inflammation and irritation by using the men-ü Facial Moisturiser Lift, a combined aftershave balm and moisturiser.
Ultra concentration, better performance and up to 90% less packaging. High performance grooming brand men-ü offer revolutionary, concentrated products to help you look your very best. With a range of skincare, haircare, bodycare and shaving products in several compact sizes including refills, they last a long time without taking up a large amount of space. Each of the bottles feature locking pumps which provide an accurate dosage to prevent wastage. Their range is also complimented by a selection of Italian shaving brushes. For more details on 3R Grooming and Refills, read our guide on the blog.