How to have the perfect shave

Steps to take for the perfect shave

Using a Best Buy men's razor is the first step towards making sure you have a great shave, But what else can you do to make sure your shave is as satisfying as possible?

To find out we spoke to expert barber Will Spackman of Will's Barber Shop in Wareham, Dorset. Will's shop is the most recommended barber's shop on Which? members recommendation site Which? Local.

Five tips for the perfect shave

1. Soften the skin

Use the steam from a shower to soften the skin and break the tension between the skin and the stubble. Shaving in the shower won't be possible for everyone, particularly those with facial hair to shave around, so an alternative is to wrap a hot face cloth around your beard until the cloth starts to cool.

2. Use cream or lather

Creams and lathers that can be worked into your face are more effective than foam which sits on top of the skin. Spend a little time working this into your stubble.

3. Shave each area three times

Stretch your skin and shave in the direction of beard growth, then re-lather and shave across the beard. Finally, re-lather for a third time and shave against the grain.

4. Rinse with warm then cool water

Rinse your face clean with warm water first, then cool water, to cleanse the skin and close the pores. Dab dry and use a styptic pencil to seal nicks and cuts; this stings but is more effective than bits of toilet paper.

5. Use a shaving balm

Cool and soothe your skin, and replace the natural oils washed and scraped away while shaving with a balm. Balms will also help to prepare your face for the next shave.

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