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STEP 1 - PREPARE
First get your blade loaded - we recommend Shark for sensitive skin and Feather for a super-close shave, or very thick stubble. Pop your razor and brush in the sink. Put on some music and fill up the sink with piping hot water. Wet your flannel and hold it to your face to really get your skin warmed up, then rub to exfoliate. NB always shower before you shave, not after - the hot shower will give your face even longer to prep for the upcoming de-bearding. If you get a fogged up mirror we can help with that too...
STEP 2 - OIL
A drop or two is all you need of our organic frankincense shave oil; less is certainly more. The purpose of the oil is to add a very thin base of lubrication. Ours also includes an active ingredient to reduce razor rash.
STEP 3 - BRUSH UP
Next up roll the tip of your moist (but not soaking) brush on your shaving soap using a circular motion: when it's fully loaded up you can lather in a bowl. Apply to your face gently. You might want to brush gently against the grain to lift your stubble up.
STEP 4 - SHAVE
Take your razor from the water, gently shave down from your sideburns in the direction of least resistance. This is called shaving ‘with the grain’ and makes for a much much more comfortable shave, and far less chance of razor rash.
Take short, gentle strokes - let the razor do the hard work. After every stroke or two pop the blade back into the water to clean and wet it. You should also spin the razor 180 degrees after every couple strokes to use both sides of the blade.
STEP 4B - EXPERIMENT WITH EXPERT SHAVING...
After a first pass with the grain, some people with less sensitive skin will go for a second pass across the grain (usually left to right) and even a third against the grain (the roughest feeling direction if you run your fingers up and down your stubble).
By all means give these a try - it’s the way to the very closest shave. But approach with caution if you’ve got sensitive skin (as I do).
STEP 5 - WIND DOWN
After you’re thoroughly de-stubbled it’s time to clean your gear. Wash your brush and bowl thoroughly in cold water and stand them out to dry. Pop your blade out for re-use or recycling and wash out your razor. Next splash some cold water on your face to get rid of the soap, close up your pores, and re-invigorate you for the day ahead. Finally, end with a drop or two drop of TC shave oil - we developed this as a pre-shave oil, but because of the anti razor-rash active ingredient, it’s actually brilliant as an aftershave too, and the oil helps to keep moisture in. Recommended for those with normal or dry skin - if yours is already a little oily give this step a miss and replace with your moisturiser of choice.
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The video and images feature our Heritage shave set and our Mark K Purist shave set.