For most men shaving is a mundane task. The only people who seem to enjoy it are teenagers who have not yet been burdened by the monotony of shaving every day. Having a nick or cut on your top lip is almost a welcomed sight to young teens. If anyone asked what happened they could proudly respond with “Oh this? I cut myself shaving!”. To them growing facial hair is a sign that they are becoming a man and shaving is what men do. Unfortunately shaving like many other things in this world has fallen to the societal norm of rushing and using an improper technique, that leads to a poor end result.
Many men, in their haste to leave the house in the morning, will shave in the shower using bar soap or shampoo. Others will do it immediately before entering the shower without presoaking their face and facial hair. In both of these cases, steps are lost in the process which results in a number of problems resulting from improper technique. Some men see this as an unavoidable consequence of shaving and others assume the products they are using are the reason for irritation, ingrown hairs, razor burn and other problems arising from poor shaving.
A poor shave can leave your face feeling like you have used sand paper as an exfoliant, so whether you are exiting the house to an icy winter day or a 30+ degree heat wave your already irritated skin will be aggravated by the elements, highlighting your poor technique and subpar grooming equipment.
Milkman Grooming Co. has devised a product that combats this, with their premium “Shave Oil”. It has avocado and coconut oil as well as aloe vera to moisturise as you shave. This Australian made product transforms the task from a burden, into a unique sensory experience. It gives you the same sense of pride as the first time you were shaving in your teens only this time without the nicks and cuts. Whether you are doing a full face shave, beard sculpting or a lineup, this cheeky silver bullet will ensure you leave the house looking and feeling fresh!
People say “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. This is a sentiment shared by most men when it comes to shaving. Shaving soaps and creams have been around forever, so there is a belief that irritation, dryness and lack of control caused by these products are all apart of the shaving process. If you suffer from dry skin, ingrowns, and difficulty in sculpting your facial hair then why not try something new and different.
Some folks use shave oil incorrectly and miss out on its amazing benefits. If you want to achieve a superior shave by using a shave oil just follow these easy steps.
So here’s how to use shave oil using multi-blade, cutthroat or fat tip razors…
Step 1: Pre Soak Hair
Wash your face thoroughly in the shower with a moisturising face wash. This will allow you to soften your hair and skin, as well as opening up your pores allowing dirt and grime build up to be washed away. This exfoliation will also make you skin smoother, providing a smoother surface for your blade to slide across.
Step 2: Apply Oil
Dispense a few drops of shave oil into your palm and rub and apply it to your face. Remember to rub it up and down many times in order to lift the hair follicles of your skin as well as massaging it into your skin and hair. By lifting the hair you are able to cut it more evenly and at a closer angle. Don’t go overboard, too much oil will clog your razor and make shaving difficult.
Step 3: Apply Shave cream
This step is optional but is suited for those with sensitive skin. The benefit of this step is that there is greater lubrication between the blade and the skin, therefore limiting the razor burn.
Step 4: Shave
When shaving always use a clean sharp razor. Too many people try and milk the razor, and the complain that their face is irritated from the shave.
When you’re shaving always go with the grain initially. If you are someone who likes a close shave then you can do a second pass going with the grain. Remember when shaving to always have a cup of warm water next to you in the sink, this is used to clean out the excess shave oil and built up hair on the razor. Its removal is imperative as a clogged razor increases the gap between the blades and makes for an inefficient, uncomfortable shave.
- If you have sensitive skin then be cautious of shaving against the grain. As the hairs are facing the direction of the blades motion, greater friction is happening between the blades and the skin and there is a higher chance of irritation, ingrown hairs and razor bump if your face isn’t used to frequent shaving.
- The shave oil is not just limited to traditional razors. If you use an electric razor you can apply a small amount of oil before you shave.
Post Shave Care
Once you have finished shaving wash your face with cold water by either splashing some on or using a clean wet towel.This will close the pores and cool the face down. After you are finished use a clean towel to dry your face.
During any shaving process, layers of skin are being stripped away and minor abrasions are being caused on the skin. This process causes dryness and irritation. While the shave oil contains ingredients with hydrating properties, for the best results on your skin use an aftershave product. We recommend applying a hydrating balm to your face once it’s dry. This will moisturise your skin as well as reduce irritation caused by shaving to keep you looking and feeling fresh.
Rather than seeing shaving as a burden or a hindrance, use the time you have doing it to focus and centre yourself before the day begins. A bad shave can leave your face irritated which can makes you start your day off on the wrong foot.
Your face is what people know you for, if you mistreat it then how do you expect others to treat you well. So spend that 5-10 minutes extra to focus on yourself and leave your house feeling as good as you look.
Ps. Did you know shave oil can also be used to improve the shave you get from an electric shaver? This video below shows you how.