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Men's grooming tips: Debunking five common wet shaving myths

When it comes to men’s shaving there are many myths and misconceptions out there about what you should or shouldn’t be doing. In this article we will take a look at five different areas that blokes can get hung up about when trying to find the best way to shave and offer a few tips on each point.

Do you need to use a lot of foam when shaving?

This question is asked a lot by men who think that by using more foam, they will benefit from a smoother shave. Well, the truth is, you don’t. All that using more foam does is to add more product to the skin and thus get in the way of the razor. The razor’s job is to perform through touching the skin and excess foam just hinders this. Also, by using products without alcohol or harsh ingredients, it will reduce the chances of you getting any nicks or cuts to the face.

Is it always necessary to shave downwards, or ‘go with the grain’?

Again, the answer to this is no. It is ok to go against the grain and the direction of growth. This may be easier for those with thicker beards and skin that isn’t as sensitive, but can still be achieved by anybody for the best possible shave.

Should I use the same brand for all my shaving products?

No, there is no rule about sticking to one particular brand. In fact, it is more interesting to create a cocktail of products through trying out different ones from each brand. As long as the product is quality, then you should have no problems mixing and matching.

Should I use soap on my face before shaving?

The problem with soap is that it dries the face and strips away the moisture content. It is still worth washing the facial area prior to shaving, although it is recommended you try using a cleanser instead.

Do you need to use hot or cold water when shaving?

It is always recommended that you have a shave immediately after taking a hot shower. This is because the steam and heat opens up the pores and softens the beard. When you have finished shaving you can then use cold or cooler water to close the pores again and shut everything back down, leaving you with a cool face.

Nick Gibbens is a male grooming writer and consultant for UK-based wet shaving retailer
The Shaving Shack
, which stocks a wide range of
Merkur razors
, shaving brushes and shaving creams.

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