Whether that’s true or not, is unknown. What is known is that us guys are bombarded with advertisements for all kinds of expensive lotions, potions, and gadgets that promise a better shave.
I mean, I like quality things but when a razor costs $100,000.00, that’s a little too steep for me.
The truth is, before the error of the metro-sexual, regular guys were using shaving soap, brushes, and straight razors.
They were getting great, close shaves and they weren’t spending $29 on a tiny bottle of lavender-scented pre-shave oil.
So, in the tradition of less-is-more, here are three dirt-cheap items that will help you get a perfect shave:
No matter what kind of razor you are using, you probably know that feeling of using a razor that’s starting to get dull.
It starts to pull on your hairs instead of cutting them. It starts to miss certain areas even when you double back. It starts to suck.
So, after a month or so you can swap it out for another overpriced five-blade cartridge or try this:
- Find a pair of jeans and lay it on a flat surface
- Push the razor on the denim in the opposite direction you’d use for shaving
- Repeat this about 20 times and do the whole process before each shave
What this stropping process does is bend the micro-fine blade edge back down. It allows for the blade to cut hairs instead of painfully ripping them out – which is exactly what happens when a blade dulls.
I know this trick sounds silly but it does help you get an extra month or two out of your cartridges.
More importantly, it makes the cartridge feel just as sharp on your 100th shave as it did on the first. This means less nicks, cuts, and an overall closer shave.
Shave Well Mirror
Over the years, I’ve gone through about ten different fog-free shower mirrors. I’ve had units with shaving cream dispensers, radios, MP3 players, and more.
The only problem? None of them were truly fog-free.
This is where the Shave Well mirror comes in. What’s the amazing science behind it’s fog-free capabilities?
Easy. It has a plastic hook that it hangs on so you can remove it, preheat it under the shower, and enjoy 5 minutes of totally fog-free shaving.
So, if you’re thinking about plunking down $100 for that titanium coated, Wi-fi ready shave mirror that tells you the time and temperature, don’t.
It fogs up. The one for ten bucks doesn’t.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub
A lot of articles like this one here advise you to spend some time on prepping your face before shaving.
This is great advice because if you’ve ever shaved improperly and in a rush, you might end up looking like you were attacked by a rabid house cat.
Simple. Use some face scrub to lightly massage your beard for about sixty seconds before putting on your shave gel.
Lightly rubbing your beard with apricot scrub exfoliates your face and massages the tiny hairs up and into place. This cuts down on nicks, scrapes, and missed patches.
Here are some more tips for this step:
- Don’t wash your face first. The natural oils on your skin will lubricate your face later on.
- You don’t need much. A bean-sized amount is all you need.
- Rinse VERY thoroughly before shaving
What You Need to Remember
- You don’t need to waste a lot of money on shaving products
- Spend the money you saved on decent moisturizer or aftershave
- Prep work before shaving is the KEY to smooth, touchable skin women love
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