Unless you’re a fan of the caveman look, odds are you’re taking a razor to your face every now and again. Though your shaving routine might not seem like it’s ripe for an overhaul, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right products to help you achieve the best shave possible, every time. We’ve got you covered. Here are the three must-have men’s shaving products to keep in your medicine cabinet.
Types of Razors
A ubiquitous, yet often overlooked tool, a high-quality razor is essential for those looking to rock the smoothest of faces and the sharpest of lines. That said, not all razors are created equal. To get the best results, you’ll need to choose the right razor at the start. For most, the choice comes down to straight razors or safety razors.
Straight razors are the single-bladed tools you see barbers wielding in old-timey films. These razors swing out from the handle to show a single sharpened blade. They are a lot harder to use than traditional or safety razors and take a bit more time to master. However, once you get the technique down your face will be smoother than butter.
Safety razors also use a single blade, but are double edged as the blade protrudes out of the razor on both sides. Safety razors are generally easier to use than straight razors and easier to maintain.
However, it all comes down to preference. If you’re not sure where to start or consider yourself a blade novice, start with the Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor, it’s one of the best on the market!
Shaving Creams and Soaps
Like cookies and cream, razors need to be paired with shaving creams and soaps to get the best results. Shaving creams and soaps allow razor blades to gently glide over the skin, reducing irritation and razor bumps. Similar to razors, choosing shaving cream or soap depends on your personal preference and shaving style.
Shaving creams are thick and form a protective barrier over the skin to protect the skin as your razor runs over it. Shaving soaps lather very well with a shaving brush. Better yet, their puck shape makes them more portable and can help them last longer.
Shaving is an experience from start to finish — and the quality of your finish heavily depends on the quality of your aftershave. Though you may have protected your skin with shaving cream or soap during your shave, aftershave is the finishing touch that will leave your skin soft and smooth.
This post-shave treatment is designed to sooth and disinfect your skin after you’ve finished your final glide. Aftershave comes in many forms, from gel to oil and everything in between. Luckily, there are tons of aftershave products on the market, so you can take your time in finding the right one.
Our recommendation? Grooming Lounge The Shavior treats razor bumps, ingrown hair, and other shaving related irritation. Plus, it smells great, goes on smooth, and helps protect your skin long after your shave.
Shaving is an artform, and like any artist, you’ll need the right tools to get the job done right. Investing in high-quality products can help you achieve your #BeardGoals or master your mustache.