Here are a few tips for your face shaving grooming ritual.

    • Take a nice, long shower before shaving. Running your face under warm water (as hot as you can handle) really helps to hydrate those whiskers and soften them up before you get shaving. No soap necessary! The Pre Shave is critical for success.
    • Buzz off that beard — you’ll want to start with a five o’clock shadow.
    • Wash your face. Shameless plug: we have a great article on the anatomy of a good face wash here.
    • Map your facial hair’s pattern and always shave with the grain. This reduces the chances of ingrown hairs and razor bumps. There are multiple grains on your face. Run your hand in every direction after a day or two without shaving. The path of least resistance should be your stroke direction.
    • If you have a pre-shave oil, apply that before the cream to help reduce friction while shaving.
    • Really work the shave cream into your face. A badger brush can be especially helpful to remove dead skin cells and raise the hair up to make it easier to cut. We suggest leaving the cream/gel on your face for a minute or two to further soften your whiskers.
    • Let the razor do its job. We suggest a pressure about equivalent to cursive writing. A steady but light pressure.
    • Short strokes — maybe 1-2 inches or the length from the top of your handle to the top of the blade cartridge.
    • If you’re using the precision trimmer located on top of the cartridge, here are a few tips to help you get those finishing touches on the more hard-to-reach spots.
    • Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  • If you use an aftershave, under no circumstances should you use one with alcohol in it. Alcohol is not meant for your face! Read up on the art of (post) shaving here.