If you’ve been reading The Idle Man blog for a while now then you’ll no doubt be familiar with Gents Of London Barbershop. A few weeks ago we reached out to the bossman there, Pete Donoghue, to get the lowdown on the summer’s hottest haircuts. If you didn’t manage to catch the feature at the time then you can read it HERE.
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For our latest ‘Guide To…’ feature we got in touch with Pete again, but this time to discuss how to achieve the ultimate shave at home. So whether you’re prepping for a job interview, getting ready for a date, or you’ve just had enough of your facial fuzz, then make sure you’ve got your note pad at the ready for his expert advice.
– To achieve a close shave without irritating the skin and the dreaded shaving rash, the pours on the beard need to be open, so ideally always shave after a hot shower or bath. It’s also worth using an exfoliator to remove dead skin as well as softening the beard.
– Shaving bumps are totally unavoidable for those with sensitive skin. But what most men forget is that shaving cream is foremost a moisturiser and should be massaged into the face until it nearly disappears before reapplying.
– Before each stroke pull the skin taught so the razor can get as close to the skin as possible and remember to always shave in the direction of your hair growth.
– When you shave your face you strip off several layers of skin, so this is why you should always use a post shaving balm to replenish and calm the skin.
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