Developing a post-shave routine

  1. Clean your DE razor and splash your face with cold water. Warm water pre-shave, cold water post-shave. Whereas warm water opens us your pores, cold water causes them to contract. Cold water on your face feels especially refreshing, and helps stanch any blood caused by nicks.
  2. Consider briefly submerging your blade in rubbing alcohol to wick away excess moisture. Water on blades causes rust; rust causes additional friction; friction causes a less comfortable shave. If you want to increase the longevity of your razor blades, unscrew them from the razor, submerge them in rubbing alcohol, and remove. Place back onto the cleaned razor when dry.
  3. If you used one, clean off your brush and make sure it’s relatively dry. Rinse your brush under cool water to remove any remaining soap. Lightly shake the wet brush until most of the water is gone. Store in a well-ventilated area.
  4. Apply an aftershave to the face if desired. Aftershaves help tone and sometimes hydrate the skin post-shave. Essentially, there are two different types of aftershave — alcohol-based and witch hazel-based:
    • Alcohol-based aftershaves are generally cheaper, but tend to sting and are prone to drying out the skin (much in the same way as they dry out the razor blade). They are the most widespread aftershave on the market.
    • Witch hazel aftershaves are cooling and don’t sting the skin, but offer less of a toner to skin than alcohol-based aftershaves. They are very forgiving and increasingly popular in the post-shave routine.
    • If you’re adventurous, you can even make your own aftershave. The process is straightforward and allows you to be creative.

  5. Hydrate your skin with moisturizer. You’ve just poked and prodded your skin, tugging at and lumping off hair, probably along with some skin. In order to keep your face as healthy as possible, give it some nourishment in the form of moisturizer. Your skin will thank you.

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