Wet shaving is a one-of-a-kind experience. The sensations of the warm, comforting water and the cool, soothing cream are among life’s simple pleasures.
Certain time-honoured tools are involved in traditional wet shaving, and they include a trusty double-edge razor and some old-fashioned, all-natural cream or soap. It usually incorporates a shaving brush as well, an instrument that can thicken the cream and make it feel even more luxurious. Likewise, aftershave is common with these shaves.
However, in today’s hectic world, many men have never tried a wet shave. Others have given it up in favour of disposable razors or (shudder) electric shaving. But wet shaving offers advantages that perhaps you’ve never stopped to think about. Once you discover or rediscover this method, you might never want to shave any other way again.
1. Get Smoother Skin
Above all, wet shaving is simply the most effective type of shaving. The hot water softens the hairs, making it easier to dispose of them. Moreover, it triggers your pores to open up, which lets those whiskers fall away more swiftly.
2. Avoid Ingrown Hairs
With wet shaving, you’re less likely to have painful ingrown hairs, which can lead to itchy ingrown hairs. By contrast, electric razors often force hairs back into their follicles, causing them to become ingrown.
3. Reduce Acne
When you use a disposable razor, you probably shave the same spot multiple times. And each time you swipe a patch of skin, you spread your natural oils all over it, which often results in clogged pores and acne.
On the other hand, with a safety razor, you touch each part of your face and neck fewer times. As a consequence, you probably won’t irritate your pores.
4. Pamper Yourself
If someone else wet shaves you ? a barber or your significant other, for instance ? it becomes a form of pampering, and you might feel truly energised afterward. Indeed, many European barber shops, salons and spas now offer wet shaves for their clients’ enjoyment. The only trouble is that some customers tend to fall asleep during the shave!
Many people view shaving with an electric or disposable razor as a chore, one more nuisance to get done before going to work, school or a special event. But wet shaving is something else entirely. It’s a process that demands care and attention to detail; some would even deem it an art form. It feels like a ritual, and it can connect us spiritually to earlier generations. In that way, wet shaving can subtly boost your confidence. With an extremely close shave, you’re ready to take on the world.