Every barber will attest that you need two things for the perfect shave (1) basic shaving education and (2) the ideal shaving system suited to your skin type and contours. In this article we touch on aspects of both in order to help you get the most out of your shaving equipment.
For example, investing in the best shavers and handles can be expensive, but entirely worth it, and the last thing you want is to find them damaged, dirty and unusable. With these tips you'll avoid this and get years of life out of your gear.
What matters when aiming to extend the longevity of your razors and handles is how you store them day-to-day. As the busy man can easily forget to clean and store his shaving equipment, it’s best to develop a routine that’s simple and effective, and that’s easy to remember. Every day, make sure you rinse your shaving blade and handle after use, clearing away hair and skin build-up with water and mild soap. Store the razor somewhere safe, out of children’s reach, in an area suited for air-drying. If in a hurry, pat down your razor with a clean, dry towel.
Deep clean your razorsPeriodically, it’s essential to give your razor and handle a thorough clean, clearing out between the blades to deeply remove the grime and build up. To get the best clean, use a warm, mild detergent, soaking the blade and razor separately in the water. Using a clean toothbrush is a useful tool; use the bristles to scrub between the blades carefully, rinsing through once completed. Much like your daily storage, air dry your razor and handle, or with a clean paper towel.
You will notice your shaving equipment, especially the razors, won’t last forever, despite how much you clean them. Depending on the type of razor you buy, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on replacement frequency, the ideal length of use, and how often they recommend cleaning.
Deep clean your shaving brush
Shaving brushes can accumulate dead skin cells and oils from the natural build-up from the face and can become a breeding area for bacteria. While rinsing your brush after each use is essential, giving your brush a thorough clean once a week is best. Use a mild soap or a specific brush cleanser to wash the bristles with your fingertips and allow it to air dry. If you are unwell, cleanse your brush more often to stop the spread of germs, or consider not using your brush until you are better.
Cleaning of cream and soaps
It doesn’t take much for your shaving cream container, lid and pump to become clogged through use. With a build-up around the cap, the product can dry and sour, wasting your time and money replacing it. Wipe down the extra build up as often as you can, and clean down your entire bottle and pump every week.
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