Nicks, scrapes and blemishes are easily avoided with the help of a few well-chosen shaving products. To get started, you need to consider both pre-shave and post-shave to make sure your skin is cared for. Depending on whether you're clean-shaven, with a full beard, or somewhere in between, there's a whole range of finely tuned products out there. But don't forget to also take your skin type into account. Each of these little elements will help define your choice.
Pre-shave conditioning Prepping your skin is a top priority before setting that razor to your skin. Pre-shave oils and moisturisers will hydrate your face, giving the blade a smooth surface to glide across, avoiding unsightly post-shave bumps. Lush products include the ultra-nourishing Dear Barber Shave Oil, and GENTLEMEN'S TONIC Pre-Shave Oil. For the shave itself, choose a cream or foam that'll keep your skin supple, like Rogue Lubricious Shave Cream.
Post-shave soothing Soothing your skin post-shave can reduce redness and irritation, and replenish lost moisture. All important points if you want to side-step that blotchy, red-faced look. Great post-shave products include the BOSS BOTTLED. Aftershave Balm with a zingy, fresh scent. Jack Black's Post Shave Cooling Gel is soothing and alcohol-free if you need something for sensitive skin, and The Bluebeards Revenge Cooling Moisturiser is hydrating with a masculine scent.
Razor sharp blades Ditching old blades is one of the biggest shaving tips you can rely on. Sharp, clean razors are the key to a smooth shave. Your budget and skin type with help you choose the right products. On-the-go, Gillette's Blue 3 Disposables Razors come in handy. The patented King Of Shaves Hyperglide System Razor is great for a close shave, and the Edwin Jagger Chrome Lined Long DE Razor is ideal for experienced wet shavers.
Looking after your beard If you're a proud bearded type, keeping your whiskers shiny, conditioned and fresh is a must. Luckily, you have a huge selection of products to choose between. Just like American Crew's Beard Serum, Woody's Grooming Stache Wax, and U.S Apothecary's super-smoothing Juniper Geranium Beard Balm.