The lowdown on a close shave
The art of shaving
Step 1: Prep
The key to a perfect shave starts with prepping the skin. Working a small amount of pre-shave oil onto the face and beard before the shaving cream goes on not only softens follicles, but helps the razor blade glide smoothly across the skin, reducing irritation. Heat and moisture works well too, so shave during or after a hot shower if possible.
Try: The Art of Shaving Unscented Pre-Shave Oil, US$25, from MrPorter.com
Step 2: Shaving cream & brush
Application of shaving cream is best done with a badger hair shaving brush, which creates a rich lather and lifts each whisker to maximise coverage. A shaving cream with natural moisturisers will give you the smoothest, most comfortable shave.
Try: Penhaligon's Bayolea Conditioning Shaving Cream, $100, and Truefitt & Hill Hand-made Super Badger Regency Shaving Brush, $190
Step 3: Shave
Run your blade with or across the grain– never against. Going against the grain is the main cause of razor burns and irritation. Rinse your razor and replace the blade often, as a dull blade can cause the same problem too.
Try: Truefitt & Hill Wellington Mach III Razor, $179
Step 4: Post-shave
Rinse your face with cold water to close the pores. Gently pat skin dry, and apply a soothing aftershave balm that contains natural moisturisers like aloe vera.
Try: Lab Series 3-in-1 Post-Shave, $56
All shaving tips courtesy of Shane O'Neill of Truefitt & Hill Singapore