Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Safety Razors and Shaving Brushes: PART 1

THE PRE-SHAVE
 
One of my absolute favorite pastimes is the art of wet shaving. That sounds a bit crazy, calling shaving a pastime. However, with fragrant oils, antique blades, and diagrams of the directionality of facial hair growth, there are as many things to get into with shaving as there are famous athletes in sports.  I hope to show you with this post that not only is wet shaving a great way to relax and wind down.
Lets start off with the basics. The skin is at times a very complex organ. We all have different types of skin. Some dry, some oily, some flakey, some rough, etc. No matter the skin type you posses, it is nearly guarunteed that the skin on your body most sensitive to tempurature and hydration change is found on your face. For this purpose it is important to prepare your face for shaving every time you shave.
This can be done in several ways. There are many creams,  conditioners, oilsand gels and so much more. Depending on your skin type, you may like oils better than creams. You may like a conditioners more than gels. It is even possible that that best things for your skin is a cheep shaving lotion found at Wal-Mart. Whatever the case may be, its important to be aware (especially with this kind of shaving) that there are many different materials you can use to prepare your skin for the ideal shave.
(From: www.onmilwaukee.com)
Once we have applied a generous coat of pre-shave material, the next step is to open the pores of the skin with a hot towel. This also serves to make the skin moist and supple. Opening the pores allows the oils and creams to protect the skin as they are able to penetrate more. These towels are great and are actually barber grade face towels. Simply fill your sink with hot water, soak the towel, ring it out a bit and place it on your face for a few minutes. You will feel the towel start to get cold after a while you can repeat or just start shaving!

 
 
Thanks Russ