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Wet shave: men's care with tradition

Shaving is the ultimate male grooming ritual. Their tradition already begins in the Stone Age: cave paintings tell of men who trim their beards with sharpened stones or shells. The Egyptians were mostly clean-shaven - only kings were allowed to wear the blue-colored goatee as a symbol of their power. They developed blades made of copper and bronze, which, incidentally, were also used for full-body shaving. The Sumerians, on the other hand, prepared shaving creams from animal fat and ash-eye. As early as the Middle Ages, barbers (French: Barbe, "beard") specialized in beard care and the perfect use of a razor.

In 1901, the development of shaving took a turn with the groundbreaking invention of King Camp Gillette, which is still groundbreaking today. The Baltimore sales representative designed a safety razor with a replaceable blade. So much for the shaving story in fast motion.

Man shaving his beard

Perfectly shaved in six steps

Today, a thorough shave forms the basis for the well-groomed man - and more and more men are returning to wet shaving. It works perfectly if the following six steps are taken into account.

The first step is a one-off and is very important: determining the direction in which the beard grows. The neck and face are mentally divided into four sections - the left and right halves of the face and the left and right sides of the neck. The hair must be longer so that the direction of growth can be clearly seen. So it's best to analyze it on the weekend. If the hair is long enough, it can be seen at which angle the whiskers grow out of the follicles. If you imagine an arrowhead at each end of your hair, you will quickly find out the different directions of growth of the whiskers.

Note: This analysis is absolutely necessary. Because it helps to avoid irritation if you shave with the direction of growth.

Prepare the skin and whiskers

In the second and third steps, you prepare your whiskers and skin for the shave. First of all, it is advisable to clean the face with warm water and a mild facial cleanser. There are now numerous high-quality care lines, such as Men-u, Kyoku, or Korres, especially for men's skin. Warm water relaxes the pores, the hair follicles in them become more elastic, making shaving easier. A pre-shave oil - for example from The Art of Shaving or Zirh - is perfect for strong beards because it soaks the whiskers.

Shaving oil is highly recommended for sensitive skin, ingrown hairs, or pimples. It builds a protective layer between the razor blade and the skin. This prevents small cuts, razor burn, redness, or skin irritation. These problems arise mainly from excessive mechanical influences such as excessive pressure or blunt blades.

Apply shaving cream and shave

In step four, shaving cream is created. You can choose between shaving soap or shaving cream; if you have to go very quickly, the shaving foam from the can will do the same. A suitable bowl is used for shaving soap, which can be dried and stored later. The warm, wet brush circles the soap until a nice, creamy foam is created. For shaving cream, it is best to use a special jar, fill it with warm water, and put the shaving brush in it. After a short time, empty out the water - the brush and bowl are now nice and warm - add some cream, stir with the damp brush until foamy and apply. The foam created in this way is pleasantly warm on the skin.

In the case of chops, upper lip, or goatee, it is advisable to use clear shaving gel. It is see-through and this reveals the areas that should not be shaved.

Now razors or safety razors come into play. The professional prefers the razor. The traditional brand Mühle has a large selection of suitable "tools". The blade is first set parallel to the end of the sideburn. Shave in the direction of the beard growth with short, three to five centimeters long lines. For an absolutely smooth shave, lather a second time and shave across the direction of the beard growth - not against it.

Note: The perfect shave depends on a clean and sharp blade. Therefore, rinse the blade thoroughly while shaving and only use sharp razor blades.

Soothe and care for stressed skin

With each shave, thin layers of skin are removed. That puts a lot of stress on the skin. It is therefore important to continue professionally after the fourth step. Steps five and six are good for the skin: First, the face is rinsed with warm water to remove any remaining foam and shaved skin particles. A facial cleanser with tea tree oil has an antibacterial effect and disinfects micro-cuts. Then rinse your face and neck with plenty of cold water and pat dry with a clean towel - do not rub. Then comes the aftershave. For sensitive skin, it is better to take one without alcohol (so-called aftershave balm). Once it is drawn in, the perfect shave can be completed with a nutrient-rich moisturizer. Those who shave this way will be rewarded with healthy, well-groomed skin.

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