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Shaving tips for men: How to get the perfect clean shave

How to get the perfect clean shave

Make your troublesome shaving blues disappear and upgrade your shaving knowledge with this guide to the best men’s shaving tips.

Put simply, the ideal shave can be boiled down to three easy steps: Prepare. Shave. Protect.

To Prepare: take a shower, then apply a pre-shave oil.

To Shave: lather up using a barbershop quality shaving cream such as The Bluebeards Revenge, preferably with a brush. Use a good quality razor with a sharp blade. Shave in the direction of hair growth.

To Protect: rinse all the remaining cream off the face, then rinse with cold water, closing the pores. Then apply a post-shave balm to refresh and hydrate the skin.

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A few Do’s and Don’t’s


Shave after showering – This helps to open the pores and make the shave much more comfortable.

Use a pre-shave routine – Invest in a decent pre shave oil to help eliminate those nasty nicks and cuts

Change your blades often and use short strokes – Nothing is worse for your skin than shaving with a dull blade that tugs on your skin. Short strokes provide a more precise shave.

Use a shaving brush – A shaving brush lifts the hairs from the face, allowing for a much more effective cutting angle for the blade.

A shaving brush lifts the hairs from the face, allowing for a much more effective cutting angle for the blade


Apply too much pressure – Pushing on the blade and increasing its force on the face will only result in razor drag, leading to nasty cuts and irritation.

Never dry shave – Invest in a decent shaving cream, this will provide a lubricating lather that softens the skin and improves the quality of the shave.

Don’t shave as soon as you get up – Have breakfast first. Give your skin a chance to wake up!

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