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Wet Shave Technique For Use With Traditional Shaving Soap

  1. Hot Water
    The first two essentials to a perfect shave are warmth and water. When hair absorbs hot water it becomes softer and easier to cut, and warmth causes the skin & facial muscles to become relaxed, making shaving so much easierůso the best time to shave is just after a bath or shower. Alternatively you can soak a folded flannel in hot water and wrap it around the face for about 1 minute.
  2. Preparation
    Those who desire a particularly smooth shave, (or who have sensitive skin) might wish to know that we use a glycerin base for our Shaving Soap; this protects the skin and helps the razor to glide smoothly across the face.
  3. Lather
    Best results are obtained when using a good quality badger shaving brush & Shetland Soap Company Traditional shaving soap. Dip the brush into hot water, and using a circular motion in the container, build up a rich creamy lather on the brush. Wet the face, and again with a circular motion apply the lather to the beard, allowing the brush to lift the beard, making the hairs stand proud. The brush may be dipped lightly into hot water if more moisture is required in the lather.
  4. Shave
    Using a good blade that has been warmed in the sink or under hot running water, shave the face in the direction of the beard growth, rinsing the blade in hot water frequently. Never shave 'against the grain' of the beard, in awkward areas such as the chin and under the nose the blade can be moved sideways across the growth - but never against as this pulls the skin in the wrong direction causing small cuts and 'grazing' to the skin and is the most common cause of 'razor burn', in-grown hairs and shaving rash. Rinse the face thoroughly with cool water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  5. After care for the skin
    A good wet shave exfoliates and cleanses the skin, leaving smooth new skin and a healthy clean appearance. Newly exfoliated skin needs to be protected from the elements, so for healthy skin it is important that men use an after-shaving moisturiser or balm. Products containing alcohol should not be applied to the skin directly after shaving as this may inflame the skin and cause dryness. Shetland Soap Company aftershave balms are made from an organic Aloe Vera base which is respected as a powerful natural agent for soothing rashes, burns & irritated skin, making in the perfect for use on newly shaved skin.