brigden's guide to shaving

brigden

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I've seen a few posts on shaving and related irritation and I've decided to repost something I wrote last year. I updated it slightly...

I have spent several years and a considerable sum of money in the pursuit of preventing skin irritation as a result of shaving. I have literally tried everything under the sun; every razorblade, every shave gel/foam, and every aftershave product; ranging from cheap to expensive. I have even tried top-of-the-line electric razors.

Like many of you I suffer from sensitive skin, and, unfortunately, very thick facial hair. Now, while my hair isn't particularly dense, it is thick. The irritation I experience is exclusively around my Adam's apple, where the hair grows in several different directions and the skin is thin.

These days I have managed to nearly eliminate in-grown hairs and irritation.

How?

Well, let's begin with the products I use. As mentioned previously, I have tried products in all price ranges and in my experience you get what you pay for. Cheaper products are full of alcohol and numbing agents such as benzocaine. Stuff your skid doesn?t need. More expensive products contain better-quality ingredients, more friendly to your skin. I have found the Clarinsmen line by Clarins to work best for my skin. The products aren?t cheap, but what price do you put on clear skin?

On a side note, products are only half the battle - proper technique is most crucial, but we'll get to that soon...

I shave with the Gillette Sensor Excel. I've found that two-blade systems work best, as three-blade razors tend to skip and miss hairs. However expensive the blades are, I discard them after only two uses. I find the blades are far too dull to prevent irritation on the third and fourth shaves. This will, of course, depend on the thickness of your facial hair.

When looking for a shave gel/foam, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin, I recommend using a product that is fragrance and dye free and non-comedogenic (won't clog pores). When applying shave gel/foam, one should consider the need for lubrication, rather than lather. As a result, I prefer gel-based products. Gels force you to rub the product in, which creates excellent lubrication for your blade. I apply the gel with a good-quality shaving brush. The use of a brush helps lift the beard hairs, exfoliates, and ensures complete coverage.

Follow the shave with an aftershave balm or gel. Avoid products with heavy alcohol content. Alcohol only dries out the skin and stiffens the beard hairs.

Of course every man is different, and as a result, there is no truly universal technique or method. However, below are the steps I take to ensure skin irritation is minimized.

  • 1. Shower first. Hot water and steam help open your pores and soften thick beard hair. Wash with an exfoliating facial scrub to sweep away dead skin and ensure a close shave.

    2. Apply pre-shave oil to help with razor glide, soften the beard hairs, and protect the skin.

    3. When shaving, apply shave gel to face and neck (over the oil), making sure to lubricate skin fully. Allow product to penetrate hair by waiting a minute or two before beginning to shave.

    4. Using a light touch, shave face to jaw line, going with the grain.

    5. Rinse blades frequently with warm water; hot water can warp the blades.

    6. Again, using a light touch, shave neck with the grain. Here I use quick and little strokes.

    7. If you want an extra-close shave (and if your skin can handle it), rinse and reapply shave gel to neck, and, using a light touch, shave against the grain.

    8. Rinse face with cool water.

    9. Pat dry face gently with towel.

    10. Liberally apply aftershave all over face and neck. Reapply in the evening, before bed.

Well, there you have it. That's my method. Like I said, every face is different. Post your own techniques if they've worked for you.

Good luck.
 

Anubis

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1) use electric razor & shave whenever you want with 100% less hassel
 

Ryan

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Wow dude - you have too much time on your hands. I do a dry shave when I get out of the shower, just my Mach 3 blade. Don't have any razor burn, nothing.

AS far as skin care - I use medicated Apricot scrub in the shower daily - no pimples to be found :)
 

aplefka

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Didn't you post something similar earlier this year? I think that one was better. I almost bought some of that Nivea stuff the other day that you recommended in the other thread (I dunno, maybe this one too, not sure if it's the same) but I didn't wanna spend the money.
 

UsandThem

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May 4, 2000
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Originally posted by: rbloedow
I do a dry shave when I get out of the shower, just my Mach 3 blade. Don't have any razor burn, nothing.

Ouch.

 

slick230

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11. Follow up with a pink Izod and a popped collar, and all the boys will be beating a path to your pants.
 

iversonyin

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you couldve just cliffnote it like this:

1) Shower
2) apply oil and gel
3) shave
4) rinse with cold water and dried
5) apply after shave

isn't that so much easier for the simple minded mankind. i do the same except i don use any oil and i use all gillette product.
 

SVT Cobra

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Originally posted by: ELopes580
i shave w/ butter. :D


i shave with mustard or ketchup depending on the occasion...

Anyways OP, nice effort! but coulda been spet doing something better?
 

SWScorch

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Originally posted by: rbloedow
I do a dry shave when I get out of the shower, just my Mach 3 blade. Don't have any razor burn, nothing.

Same here. It's nice having soft facial hair :)
 

Turkish

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May 26, 2003
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Originally posted by: Anubis
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1) use electric razor & shave whenever you want with 100% less hassel

which doesn't give you a close shave...

razor > *
 

neutralizer

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Asian hair is awesome.

1 minute with Mach 3 doing with grain and against the grain and I'm done without the need of anything extra and no irritation.
 

Turkish

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Originally posted by: neutralizer
Asian hair is awesome.

1 minute with Mach 3 doing with grain and against the grain and I'm done without the need of anything extra and no irritation.

and you look like women with facial hair, sad? eh
 

akubi

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Originally posted by: The Boss
Originally posted by: neutralizer
Asian hair is awesome.

1 minute with Mach 3 doing with grain and against the grain and I'm done without the need of anything extra and no irritation.

and you look like women with facial hair, sad? eh

that's uncalled for :|
 

HonkeyDonk

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Oct 14, 2001
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oh dear god no, i'm in brigden's sig....

well i think i now know he's a guy.......................................or a girl that has to shave her face. :shocked:
 

Turkish

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May 26, 2003
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Originally posted by: akubi
Originally posted by: The Boss
Originally posted by: neutralizer
Asian hair is awesome.

1 minute with Mach 3 doing with grain and against the grain and I'm done without the need of anything extra and no irritation.

and you look like women with facial hair, sad? eh

that's uncalled for :|

lol chill.. this is atot.. we got the right to annoy each other...
 

yllus

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Good post. On a related matter...

As I was shaving this morning, I noticed that the Gilette gel foam I was using seemed to allow for a more comfortable shave than the generic gel foam I had been using previously. Has anyone else run into differences based on shaving creams/gels alone? I too prefer gels.
 

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