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Do you have a shaving, skincare or product query? Then please browse our frequently asked questions below. We have even more detailed shaving and skincare advice on our website www.shave.com.
1. Forget everything you know:
Lots of lather does not equal a good shave. Foam sitting on top your skin does nothing so move on!
2. Don’t shave as soon as you get up:
Have breakfast first. Give your skin a chance to wake up!
3. Spend time preparing your skin:
Prime your skin for a great shave by using a deep cleansing non-soapy face wash and alternate twice a week with a gentle face scrub. Spend a little time massaging your chosen shaving preparation into your face as this again will help to soften and lift the bristles.
4. Ideally, shave in the shower or bath:
The hot, steamy environment of a shower or bath will help to soften the bristles, making shaving easier. On average it takes 3 to 4 minutes for stubble to ‘wet out’ properly making it easier to shave. If you prefer the old fashioned water in a bowl (or sink!) method, wash your face first with plenty of hot water to ensure those bristles are soft.
5. Ensure you have a clean sharp blade and shave using short strokes:
It’s key to shave in the direction of your hairs’ growth – generally speaking this is down on the cheeks and chin and upwards on the neck. If you are at all unsure, run your finger across your stubble to see which direction the hair is growing. Shaving against the direction of hair growth is the primary cause of razor burn, redness and rashes. Take special care when shaving around the sensitive neck area.
6. Rinse the blade regularly:
Rinse the blade thoroughly as you shave and don’t press too hard against the skin.
7. Rinse your face thoroughly:
If using a shaving gel, foam or serum; rinse your face thoroughly with cool water and pat dry (don’t rub). If using a King of Shaves shaving oil, simply pat your face dry.
8. Apply a post shave product:
Afterwards protect your skin with a moisturiser or face balm as this will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and soft – not tight and dry!
Et voila! You have completed the perfect shave!
For some more tips, watch our easy-to-follow video guides:
Try shaving in the evening:
Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of the epidermis thus reducing your skin’s defences. If you shave in the morning you are more likely to expose weakened skin to external elements and your shaved skin will feel uncomfortable – so try shaving in the evening instead.
Shave in the bath or shower:
Warm, wetted hair is three times easier to shave than dry hair. So for best results shave during a bath or shower and ensure you thoroughly wet your hair with warm water for at least three minutes. We also recommend you exfoliate your skin before shaving as this helps prevent in-growing hairs (caused when a hair curls back under the skin).
Use a quality shave gel:
Apply a moisture rich shaving gel to the areas to be shaved and then thoroughly massage it in to your skin. If you just use soap or water it can result in your skin becoming dry and irritated.
Shaving the legs and bikini area:
To get the closest possible shave, start at your ankles and shave upwards. From the bottom of your ankle, gently glide the blades up the leg in one smooth stroke. Take extra care when shaving areas where bone is close to the skin surface, such as ankles and knees.
To avoid nicks and cuts that often occur behind the ankle, flex your heel to stretch the skin whilst you shave. Around the sensitive bikini area follow the direction of the hairs’ growth to help prevent irritation. Remember when shaving don’t press too hard, let the blades do the work!
Shaving under the arms:
Underarm hair grows in different directions and so you will need to shave up, down and across the area.
To help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs pull the skin tight with one hand, while you shave with the other. You should re-apply your shaving gel regularly as you shave in different directions.
Thoroughly rinse off any remaining shave gel from your skin. Try not to apply or expose skin to anything irritating after shaving – ideally wait an hour to allow time for your skin’s pores to close before applying deodorant, perfume, going swimming in salty sea water etc.
We do recommend you apply a non-perfumed moisturiser to help lock in moisture and to soothe and revitalise your skin.
• Up to 100 comfortable rash-free shaves from one bottle.
• Use instead of gel / foam or to prepare your skin before an electric shave.
• Ideal for sensitive skin.
• Dermatologically tested and unfragranced.
• The totally clear formula means you see exactly where you’re shaving – perfect for shaping side-burns, goatees and for avoiding problem areas.
• Designed and made in the UK.
For best results, and to keep your face in optimum condition, use our Shave Oils as part of the King of Shaves PSP™ (Prime, Shave, Protect) regime and partner with the King of Shaves Azor system razor.
PRIME: Shave during / after warm bath or shower and cleanse your face first with a King of Shaves Face Scrub or a Face Wash.
SHAVE: Dispense two to three drops / pumps of Shave Oil onto hand and massage into wet beard. Wait a few seconds to let the oil prepare the stubble. Using a sharp blade, shave carefully in direction of hair growth taking special care around the sensitive neck area. Rinse the blade frequently.
PROTECT: After shaving, pat skin dry (don’t rub), there’s no need to rinse the oil off. Finally, protect skin with King of Shaves Moisturiser or Face Balm.
Combination: If you still prefer to shave with lather / foam on your face you can still get all the benefits of our Shave Oil by using it underneath shaving gel or foam. Thoroughly wet your face with warm or hot water and apply a few drops of Shave Oil and massage in. Then apply shaving gel or foam on top and shave carefully using short strokes in the direction of hair growth taking extra care around the neck area. Afterwards thoroughly rinse off the shaving gel or foam and pat face dry.
Pre-Electric: You can use King of Shaves Shave Oil even if you prefer an electric shave, whether dry or wet / dry! Simply massage just one or two drops of oil onto dry skin. Then wait 30 seconds and shave normally with your electric shaver. You will feel the difference, and your skin will definitely thank you for it!
It’s pretty easy, spend 60 seconds watching this video and all will be revealed.
Firstly ensure you are using a water soluble shaving oil, gel or foam (all King of Shaves products are water soluble). Don’t use too much oil or gel – use the amount recommended in the usage instructions. Using more oil or gel will not give you a better shave and it can increase the chance of your razor clogging.
Oil from your skin or stubble can contribute to clogging so before shaving cleanse your skin with a quality face wash (or scrub) and plenty of warm water.
During shaving, ensure you rinse your razor frequently to help prevent a build-up of stubble in the blades. We recommend you shave in a warm bath or shower, but if you are using a sink or a bowl, add a drop or two of shower gel or face wash to the warm water and mix it up before rinsing the razor blade in it.
If your stubble is very long, consider using a trimmer to shave off the longer hair before using your Azor.
If you are still having issues, please contact our Customer Care Team.
Shaving under the nose, no matter what razor you use, can be tricky so below are some tips to help you keep your upper lip smooth…
- Shave the upper lip area last giving your shave gel or oil the maximum amount of time to soften your stubble.
- Curl your top lip down towards your teeth to flatten the area.
- Then press your bottom curled lip up to meet it – this helps lock the top lip down. You should look like you have no lips showing and the skin to be shaved should be as flat and as taut as possible. Another trick is to use your tongue inside your mouth to push out your upper lip area.
- Gently push your nose to the side allowing you to shave the side / middle part of the upper lip. Then gently push your nose up with your index finger allowing you to shave the middle part of your upper lip.
- Don’t rush! Shave using short, light strokes to help prevent cutting yourself.
- If at any time you feel the blade flex or pull/tug on the whiskers, stop and decrease the blade pressure and resume with a very light touch.
- You may find that using the razor at different angles may help you reach any difficult areas.
- You can also try shaving in different directions to get to any ‘hard to reach’ areas. First shave with the grain, then across the grain, and finally, if required, go against the grain. Remember to keep your strokes light and consider reapplying your chosen shave gel or oil to the areas if required between strokes.
- If you are using an Azor System Razor, to get more precise control over shaving the lip it can be beneficial to hold your Azor slightly differently by placing your fingers over the head (rather than the handle) as shown in the picture below.
We have thoroughly researched and strongly believe in all the products and advice offered here at kingofshavessub.com. All our products have been tested on humans as well as the staff at King of Shaves. However, we are not doctors and are not familiar with any specific medical conditions that you may have. So please check with your doctor before radically changing any part of your daily health or grooming regime.
Please use common sense when trying any new products or grooming regimes as they provide different results for different people. If you experience any reaction to a product (whether it is ours or anyone else’s) you put on your skin then you should discontinue use immediately.
If you have extra sensitive skin we would suggest you try and avoid products that contain menthol or fragrance (parfum). We would also suggest trialing new products on an inconspicuous part of your skin if you are concerned that you may have a reaction. It is also very important to read all the instructions for products as directions may vary – for instance it is important to thoroughly rinse off our shaving gels after use, however our shave oils can be left on the skin.
Please contact us with any product comments, queries or whatever (!) you may have by sending us a message from the Contact Us form.
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