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For years, I constantly had to deal with annoying red bumps and patches of irritated skin all over my face.
I had no idea what was causing the issue until my dad told me that my shaving practices could be the problem.
Five bladed razors, three-bladed razors, electric razors, you name it I tried it but the result was always the same… a sub-par shave and irritated skin.
If you have ever read any of my other articles that talk about looking your best, you would already know that I like being clean cut and confident.
Simply put, every man should take care of themselves and do what they can to look their best at all times.
Having a face full of red irritated patches wasn’t getting the job done in that department and I thought all hope was lost in the matter… until I discovered the magic of using a traditional single blade safety razor.
What Is A Single Blade Safety Razor?
1) Unscrewable top that comes off, allowing you to clean or insert a new razor blade.
2) Safety edges that prevent the razor blade from cutting you.
3) Short precision safety handle.
4 ) An unscrewable bottom that releases the top part labeled with the number 1.
Why Haven’t I Heard Of Them Before?
One word… money.
Not only do traditional safety blades give you a much closer/irritation free shaving experience, but they are also much cheaper and made with much higher quality materials.
Check this out.
The regular plastic razors or electric shaver that you have been using are poorly made and much more expensive to own in the long term.
The razor handles themselves (which you have to replace once a year) cost around $25 and a pack of replacement razor cartridges (which you have to buy all the time) cost 30$ for 10-12 refills.
Since the multi-blade razor cartridges are poorly made and easily clogged by whiskers, you have to use a completely new cartridge after only 2-3 shaves.
That’s pretty pathetic considering the fact that you’re paying $2 per cartridge.
Safety razors, on the other hand, cost $40 for a quality handle (that will last a lifetime) and $8 for a pack of 10 high-quality safety razors that will last for 8-12 months!
Do you now see why the big razor companies of the world stopped making and promoting single blade safety razors?
Why Multiblade Razors Cause Irritation
Cheap multiblade razors cause skin irritation and provide inferior shaves for one reason.
They combine many cheap razor blades together to form a cluster fuck scenario.
You see, you only need one single sharp razor blade to get a great close shave.
When you use one of those 5 bladed cartridges you are going overboard and attacking your skin.
Once the first blade makes contact with your whiskers they are shaved off and the job is done.
As you finish your stroke the other blades make contact with your skin but do absolutely nothing.
Not only is this a waste of time but it’s also bad for your skin because the other blades make contact after your shaving cream has already been taken off by the first blade.
If you know anything about shaving then you know that you should never let a blade pass over unprotected skin.
You Only Need One Blade
Using one blade as opposed to multi-blade cartridges is good for two reasons.
1) One sharp blade gets the job done faster and gives you a much closer shave.
2) Single blades are much easier to clean and maintain.
As soon as you are done shaving you have the ability to unscrew the bottom part of your safety razor and thoroughly clean the blade.
This ensures that your blade is kept in great condition and lasts for a long time.
Wet Shave vs. Dry Shave
Wet shaves involve using water, shaving cream, and a handheld razor. Dry shaves are done with an electric razor.
I have used both methods and can tell you hands down that a wet shave is definitely the way to go.
Shaving with a razor does much more for your face than just clearing out a few whiskers. It gets rid of dead skin and naturally exfoliates you.
Every day the pores on your face become clogged with dirt and natural skin oils.
If you don’t have a way of getting rid of the dead skin on your face and cleaning your pores, you will develop nasty skin conditions like acne.
Trust me, nobody wants to look at a nasty pizza face.
Do yourself a favor and always always always give yourself a wet shave.
Shave Lather vs. Shaving Cream
When giving yourself a wet shave you have two options when it comes to lathering your face.
Traditional shaving cream or premium wet shave lather.
I have used both methods and have found that using a premium shave lather gives me a closer shave, protects me better from getting cut, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and smelling good.
Now, using a lather does make your shave take a little longer but it is worth it in the end.
How To Prepare And Use Shave Lather
Preparing shave lather is as easy as 1,2,3.
1) Grab a ceramic coffee mug and put a little bit of water in the bottom of it.
2) Squeeze out a line of lather paste that is about 2 inches long.
3) Soak a badger hair brush in warm water for 1-2 minutes.
4) Ring out your badger hair brush until half of the water is out of it and place it in your mug.
5) Swish the badger hair brush around alternating between clockwise and counterclockwise every 20 seconds for 1-2 minutes.
6) Once you have a nice lather built up in the mug, wet your face with warm water and use the badger hair brush to spread the lather all over your face using circular motions as you go.
7) When you are done with your shave make sure you rinse your badger hair brush thoroughly under running water until it is completely clean.
How To Shave With A Traditional Safety Razor
1) Take a hot shower and make sure you let plenty of warm water run all over your face. Doing this in combination with the steam makes your face and whiskers soft and ready to be shaved.
2) Once you are out of the shower, make sure your face is wet and prepare your shave lather.
3) Begin to shave your neck first by tilting your head up and making your neck skin stretched. When shaving, you always want to work your way from bottom to top. If you start shaving your cheeks first, water will drip down your face and ruin some of the lathered areas.
4) Use small to medium strokes and on each side of your double-sided safety razor and then swish it vigorously in a sink filled with warm water.
5) In order to shave whiskers in hard to reach places such as your upper lip, you will have to use one hand to pull the skin tight and flat so your safety razor will be able to make a clean pass over the area. This is because your safety razor will not have a pivot head as the cheap plastic razors do.
6) Relax and take your time. Using a safety razor that contains an actual high-quality razor blade may feel a little weird at first, but as soon as you complete your first shave you will immediately notice a difference. Your skin will feel ultra smooth and you will have gotten the best shave of your life.
– Make sure to use both sides of your safety razor if you buy a double-sided model. Make a few passes with one side, flip it to the other side and make a few more. This saves time and helps the blade wear down evenly on both sides.
– Use hot water in the sink and soak your blade in it for 15-30 seconds before shaving. A nice warm blade cuts through your whiskers like a hot knife through butter.
– Once you are done shaving the first time, wet your face again, lather it up with your brush, and make a second pass. This makes your skin ultra smooth.
– If you have trouble getting harder areas such as your upper lip it is okay to use a cartridge razor that pivots in these areas.
– When you are done shaving DO NOT rinse your face with hot water. Hot water dries out and damages the sensitive skin on your face and causes irritation. Instead, use warm or cool water.
– When drying your face always pat it dry with a towel. Never wipe it! This can cause redness and skin irritation.
– Use a good moisturizing face balm after your shave to keep your skin hydrated.
Look Forward To Your Next Shave
Now that you know how to get the best shave possible, order your supplies today and get started.
Using a traditional safety razor and shave lather is a lost art that needs to be rediscovered by men like yourself if you wish to look and feel your best at all times.
Stop dreading your morning shave and look forward to the ritual.
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