The wet shave is making a comeback. Interest in the art of shaving is on the rise, and quality wet shave products are available for your every shaving need. But what exactly is this shaving technique, and should you give it a try?
What Is a Wet Shave?
Wet shaving is as simple as shaving your face with water and a shave cream, balm or butter. While these products aren't technically required for a wet shave, you'll need them if you don't want dry, irritated skin. Although wet shaving can include traditional shaving techniques, you don't have to use a straight razor or double-edge safety razor.
Razors for Wet Shaving
Some guys, especially those who view shaving as an art form, opt for straight razors or double-edged safety razors. But you have plenty of razor options for getting a great wet shave. Choose from these types:
- safety razor
- straight razor
- cartridge razor
- disposable razor
Some electric razors can be used for wet shaving; check the package details to be sure this is the case.
Wet Shave Skin Prep
Shave during or after your morning shower for the best results from your wet shave. The steam opens your pores, causing hairs to rise. Warm water softens and plumps up hairs, making them easier to shave off. That also means less wear and tear on your razor -- and your face.
Pre-shave oil is the secret to a smoother, more comfortable shave. This is one of the most important wet shave products you can treat your skin to. Pre-shaving oils soften and condition the skin so it yields to your razor more easily. Supple skin equals a smoother shave and fewer nicks and cuts. Don't rinse off your pre-shave oil; leave it on as a base for your shaving cream, balm or butter.
Shaving Butter, Balm or Cream
If you've been using a cheap drugstore shaving cream, it might be time for an upgrade. You don't have to spend a fortune, but cheap shaving creams can dry out or irritate the skin. Choose a natural shaving cream, balm or butter with gentle ingredients. If possible, look for natural shaving products containing essential oils. These oils are natural moisturizers that can soothe, soften and protect skin.
Unlike supermarket shaving creams, high-quality shave butters, balms and creams require a shaving brush. Sulfates are behind the lather you get with cheap shaving cream, which is why you can apply it with your hands. Natural shaving products in particular are usually sulfate-free, so you'll need to whip up your own lather with a shaving brush. Shaving brushes also soften and lubricate the skin while raising hairs for an easier, smoother shave. As a bonus, they look stylish on your dresser or bathroom counter!
Gentle, Natural Aftershave
If you've ever wondered if it's OK to skip the aftershave, the answer is probably not. Aftershave, especially natural aftershave, contains ingredients for disinfecting and soothing the skin. The organic alcohol and organic aloe leaf juice in the Lemongrass Eucalyptus Aftershave Balm from The Henna Guys have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to prevent redness and swelling while keeping those nicks infection-free.
The right products can help you avoid razor burn, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and other hazards of wet shaving. Stock up on natural shaving products to keep irritation at bay and experience a smooth, comfortable shave every time. Find everything you need for a great wet shave from The Henna Guys. Our Shaving Kit for Men includes smaller sizes of our Shaving Butter and Pre-Shave Oil, plus a sleek Shaving Brush, in a gift-ready cloth bag.