So you’re contemplating taking a razor to your face huh? Not all scruff can be Lucky Scruff, and that’s ok, but when you have to shave why not keep it all natural with a shave oil? So many shaving creams and gels are packed with chemicals and additives that don’t actually do anything good for your skin. Lucky Scruff Shave Oil is blended with avocado oil, meadow foam oil and eucalyptus oil… nothing else! But since this isn’t an advertisement for Lucky Scruff Shave Oil, let’s get right to it!
I am assuming here that you are shaving with a double edged safety razor. If not, what are you waiting for? Safety razors provide an incredible shave and the cost of replacement blades make them a great value! This isn’s some hipster movement, shave with what your grandpa shaved with!
How to Shave With Shave Oil
- Wash your face to remove dead skin and anything else lurking on your face.
- Get moisture into the hairs. Facial hair is stiff while it is dry; but wet, it’s quite soft. The best way is to apply a towel soaked in very hot water for a few seconds to your face – the hot water also opens up the pores. As it’s a good idea to have your razor up to temperature as well, it is a good idea to put hot water in the basin and leave the razor in it while you towel your face.
- Put a few drops of shave oil into the palm of your hand and with two fingers apply it to all the places on your face that you want to shave.
- Splash some more hot water on your face – the fact that water and oil don’t mix well is the reason why your blade glides so well. Also during the shave, whenever you feel that your razor doesn’t glide that well anymore you can apply a bit more water to remedy the situation.
- First shave twice in the direction of the grain – to get a feeling for the right angle, take the handle of the razor in your fingers and lean the flat of the head onto your cheek, so the handle is 90° to your cheek; then reduce the angle until you get to a position where shaving feels comfortable. Also it’s easier to shave moving your whole arm then just the wrist.Important: DO NOT apply pressure – the safety razors expose enough blade that with a well ballanced razor just the weight of the head produces almost enough pressure for a good shave (as opposed to multiblade razors). Pull in the direction of the handle with slow strokes – on thicker beard you will need to make shorter strokes than on shorter stubble. To get a better shave, make sure to stretch your skin where you currently shave. If the razor gets clogged with hair and oil, just swish it around in the water to clean it.
- Splash your face with hot water again and now shave accross the grain if necessary for a closer shave. Reapply a small amount of shave oil if necessary.
- Splash your face with cold water to get rid of any hair remains and to close the pores. Get a drop or two of shaving oil and a few drops of water into your palm and mix it with two fingers.Rub the shave oil – water mixture into your face instead of using after-shave and leave your face to dry – the essential oils in the shave oil enriches your skin.
- Clean your razor under running water to remove hair and oil and towel-dry it.