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Cut Throat Shaving – How to Do It Safely and Effectively

Watch any movie about pirates or American gangsters, and there’s a reasonable chance you will see a cut-throat shave at some point. Used to great cinematic effect to portray dominance, the threat of violence and fear, the classic cut-throat shave has almost completely vanished from everyday life in Britain. But this primitive form of grooming is making something of a comeback.

A growing number of specialist barber shops are offering a cut-throat shave at a premium price. But there’s no need to splash the cash to enjoy this dying art. With the right equipment and know-how, you can perform your own cut-throat shave safely and effectively — in the comfort of your own bathroom.

Having the right tools for the job is every bit as important for personal hygiene and grooming as it is for doing construction work. They are just different tools!

Preparation

Your facial hairs will be easier to remove if your skin is warm and damp. It is therefore always a good idea to take a hot shower just before a cut-throat shave. Cleanse your face with a moisturising face wash, and exfoliate if you need to. With your face, still wet, apply a lubricating shaving oil before heading straight to the sink to start your shave.

Choose an unscented, moisturising shaving gel and apply it liberally to your face and the front of your neck.

Select a sharp, high quality blade

 

For a safe and close cut-throat shave, choosing a sharp, clean and high-quality razor blade is imperative. This is just you, some shaving gel and a simple, single-bladed razor, so you can’t afford to wing it without the best possible tools for the job. Get a feel for the blade beforehand, as you will need to proceed with accuracy and care when negotiating your ears and nose. If you’ve used the razor before, sharpen it with a strop before starting.

Get your angles right

 

There is a very small window of safety and effectiveness when it comes to the angle at which the blade meets your face. The optimum angle is between 30 and 35 degrees. If you’re wondering what that looks like, start by placing the blade flat on your skin. Using the sharp edge as a pivot point, gently raise the blunt edge of the blade by about five millimetres — and shave downwards using slow, smooth strokes. Any more than that, and you run the risk of cutting yourself. Any less, and you will tug at the hairs — pulling some of them out and inflicting a great deal of pain on yourself.

Tighten your skin

A cut-throat shave is definitely a two-handed job. With your weak hand, pull the area of skin you’re shaving until it is taut. This will reduce the risk of causing nicks and cuts and make the process a lot more comfortable. Always shave away from the hand that is holding the skin tight — preferably with the grain.

Smooth and steady does it

Shaving the same area of your face repeatedly will result in razor burn. It is therefore very important that you use slow, steady and deliberate strokes when shaving with a cut-throat razor. If your blade is sharp and in great condition, you’ll never need to shave the same area of skin more than twice. Keep each stroke very short in length — around one centimetre is ideal.

Use a brush to re-apply shaving gel

 

By re-applying shaving gel with a quality brush, you’re ensuring your skin and facial hairs are always moisturised. This minimises friction and reduces the chance of razor burn. In addition, the action of continually brushing your face ensures any stray whiskers are removed to make way for smooth, uninterrupted strokes with your blade.

Wash and check

 

You can’t be sure that you have caught every stray hair until you can see yourself clearly in a mirror. It is therefore essential that you inspect your face closely, preferably after rinsing it with warm water. It’s also important to keep your face warm at this stage, as you may need to touch up your handiwork before you finish.

Once you’re happy with your shave, rinse your face with cold water, and apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.

There is something exciting and primitive about a cut-throat shave, but it is not without its risks. A quality Dorco razor has its blades firmly fixed at the perfect angle for safe shaving. With a handheld blade, however, you are in full control of the experience — so planning and a great deal of care is essential.

6 Christmas Gift Ideas for Men Passionate About Grooming

Thinking of original Christmas gift ideas for the men in your life can become increasingly difficult as the years go by. But for men who take great pride in their appearance, there are countless grooming products on the market that will put a smile on their face this festive season.

Staying well groomed and looking healthy involves a continual process of treatments and maintenance, which requires a constant supply of men’s grooming products. And it doesn’t matter how many of those products a man has in stock right now, he will always need more, sooner or later.

There is an enormous selection of creams, treatments and grooming tools on the market right now. Here are 10 of the best.

 

1. Body Wash 

Show you care this Christmas by giving the gift of cleanliness. A fragranced body wash can invigorate, moisturise and energise. Look for a body wash with the active ingredients needed for ‘energising’ the skin.
2. A Hand-Care Set

A quality hand-care set gives a guy everything he needs to keep his hands clean, hydrated and soft. This could be invaluable during the winter months. There are some excellent organic creams on the market, as well as men’s hand-care products made with honey.

 

3. A Skincare Set

A men’s skincare set should include all of the basic creams and lotions needed to keep a man’s face moisturised, soft and blemish-free. Look for sets that contain a face wash, a separate moisturiser and a face scrub.

For everyday cleaning, a nutrient-rich face cleanser with moisturising properties is perfect. Look for products that are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as soothing botanical extracts.

A good face scrub can unclog pores by removing dead skin cells. A lot of men will use a face scrub before shaving to achieve the closest shave possible. And the menthol, caffeine and citrus extracts used in many scrubs can reinvigorate the man in your life after a night of Christmas celebrations.

 

4. The Smooth Shaver Combo Pack from Dorco

Give the gift of the smoothest possible shave this Christmas with Dorco’s Smooth Shaver Combo Pack. The set includes  ultra-sharp Pace 6 Plus razor, eight replacement blades and three Pace 6 disposable razors. These quality products are made to last, so expect the lucky recipient to be close shaven throughout the year. Dorco Pace 6 razors are designed to effortlessly glide across the skin, delivering the closest possible shave without causing irritation.

 

5. A Rechargeable Toothbrush

Using a standard toothbrush leaves the hard work of cleaning every surface of every tooth to the user. This inevitably leads to areas of plaque and food being missed. But with a rechargeable toothbrush featuring multi-directional brushes, nothing is left to chance. Capable of reaching every area of the tooth with ease, the latest ‘flossing’ toothbrushes create healthier gums and a fresher mouthfeel.  And if all that’s not mind-blowing enough, there is a brush that has an internal memory tracking brushing statistics. The user can access their stats via a mobile app.

6. Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel

The over-indulgences many of us enjoy at Christmas can leave our eyes looking tired, grey and sunken. If the man in your life is concerned about dark circles around his eyes, give him the gift of rejuvenation with an anti-fatigue eye gel. Applied with a rollerball, a specially formulated serum works to refresh skin and reduce darkness around the eyes.

Any man who is passionate about grooming will be overjoyed to get one of these 10 gifts in his Christmas stocking this year.

7. Facial Cleaning Brush

An exfoliating facial cleansing brush for men cleans and removes impurities for the skin. Used daily along with a face wash, this product gently exfoliates and keeps the face looking fresh. Using the brush daily is also an effective way to combat ingrown hairs.

8. Pore-Refining Self-Heating Products

These ingenious products heat up automatically when they come into contact with the skin. Their pore-cleansing abilities smooth the texture of the skin and draw out debris that can clog pores and cause breakouts. They work by creating a chemical reaction, created when the chemicals used come into contact with water — causing an exothermic reaction.

These easy-to-apply products perform a function similar to the use of steam treatments, and they are available as masks and scrubs.

The Healthiest Way to Eat on the Road

Whether you’re travelling for holidays, or you’re a regular road warrior for work, it can be tough to eat well on the road. When your mates or coworkers are choosing takeaways and fast food, you may be tempted to join them. Too many indulgences while travelling can really take a toll on your appearance and performance, but improving your diet can fight a lot of those effects. Here’s why and how to make better choices instead.

 

1.Come prepared with your own healthy food choices, and snack every few hours. A lot of nutritious snacks are easily portable, such as nuts, beef jerky and fruit. If you keep your blood sugar up, you’ll be less likely to choose greasy or sugary foods in desperation.

 

2.Look for healthy options at corner shops. Even though crisps and biscuits are tasty and easy, the sugar and fat will make you feel more tired and run-down. Many convenience stores sell healthier foods such as yoghurt, fresh or dried fruit and precut vegetables like carrot sticks.

 

3.Drink lots of water. It’s easy to become dehydrated when you’re on the road, especially if you rely on coffee and energy drinks to stay alert. Drinking more water will improve your health in many ways, including reducing cravings for unhealthy food, helping to prevent jet lag after air travel and making your skin look better.

 

4.Don’t abandon your effort to eat healthy just because you have to go to a fast food restaurant. Let’s face it: Sometimes you don’t have a lot of control over where you eat when you’re travelling with other people. If you find yourself in a fast food restaurant, you can still choose the healthier items on the menu. Here are some of the best choices at common restaurants:

  • McDonald’s: hamburger (250 kcal, 8g fat); grilled chicken salad (133 kcal, 4g fat)
  • Burger King: chicken strips (410 kcal, 19g fat); BLT chicken wrap (380 kcal, 17g fat)
  • KFC: regular size popcorn chicken (285 kcal, 16g fat); original recipe salad (345 kcal, 10g fat without dressing)
  • Nando’s: super-grain salad (338 kcal, 19g fat); char-grilled veg (98 kcal, 5g fat)
  • Taco Bell: fresco beef soft taco (180 kcal, 8g fat); fresco southwest chicken crunchy taco (120 kcal, 4g fat)

 

5.When eating in restaurants, be aware that sauces are often very high in fat and sodium. Many also contain hidden sugar. Use them sparingly or not at all.
Eating on the road can be a challenge. Allow yourself one treat a day, and try to stick to a healthy diet at the other meals. With a little bit of planning and attention, you can stay on track with your nutrition goals.

8 Tips for Caring for Your Razor

Quality razors need quality care. But before you think razor care is too time-consuming, try these tried and proven ways to keep your razors and blades in top condition.
Here are eight ways to clean your blades perfectly, get rid of stubborn hairs and prolong your razor’s life.

1. Always, Always Rinse

After two or three strokes when shaving, rinse it with water. Don’t wait too long, as hair and bacteria will build up during usage and start to clog the blades.

2. Use Steaming Hot Water

When rinsing, always run blades under hot water. Reheating them gets rid of unwanted bacteria and gunk. Make sure that the blade heats up before applying it to your skin, as a hot blade will cut your hairs more efficiently. Rinse the backside of your razor as well, rotating the razor head when rinsing it out. This helps the water to flow through every part of the razor, getting the hairs to drain easily. When you are rinsing it after a shave, check that all the excess cream is flushed out as well.

3. Try an Alcohol Soak

If you find hairs and bits stuck in your razors, you might need to try a deep cleanse. Rinsing your razor blades with alcohol can also help to sterilise and clean them, getting those tiny, gritty hairs out. Simply put some rubbing alcohol into a small cup, then place the head end of your razor and soak it for a few minutes. Then, slosh it around in a sink full of hot, bubbly water.

4. Brush It Clean

Another easy way to clean your favourite razor and rid it of unwanted hair is to use some basic soap and a nylon-bristled brush. If you don’t have one, use an old toothbrush to get into the cracks and eliminate bacteria build-up.

5. Use Your Dishwasher

Here’s a hack that may surprise you. Place your razor directly in the rack for silverware and let the dishwashing machine do the work of cleaning your razor thoroughly! If you find yourself worrying about bacteria, dirt and grime, the dishwasher can take care of any sanitary issues.

6. Use Clean Paper Towels to Pat — Not Rub — Your Razor Blade Dry

Keeping your razor blades dry after use and washing helps to keep them clean. Also, make sure they have no chance to breed bacteria in wet and warm spaces.

7. Run Your Razor Along Your Jeans

Everyone has a pair of denims in their wardrobe, but not everyone knows this little trick to care for razors. Slide your razor along the diagonal threads of your jeans about 10-15 times, first one way, and then in the opposite direction. Folks who use this method say they can keep a single razor sharp for up to half a year!

8. Use Your Forearm

This old-fashioned trick is one that many people swear by. At the time that you feel it may be getting dull, here’s a trick that needs nothing but your own arm: To prolong the life of your razor, slide it backward for about 10 strokes along your forearm. The bit of natural body grease actually helps smooth out your razor blades, making them stay sharper and last a lot longer.

So now that you found the perfect razors, you can take your grooming routine to the next level. By keeping them clean and gunk-free, you extend their life, save costs and even save time.

Let us know which of the above hacks you’ve been using in your daily shaving routines or how you best care for your razors. Check out our community pages, plus the wide range of razors, blades and special offers for smarter shaving at DORCO.

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T’IS THE SEASON TO BARE WITH DORCO EVE

Get Party-ready legs with no fuss this Christmas

Let’s be honest ladies; the path to ‘Christmas party-ready’ is a chore. Gone are the myths of fitting perfectly in your LBD, finding more than five minutes to Franticlly paint your nails and having time to sit around in your towel, shaving your legs seductively on the edge of a bubble bath. Enter, the Dorco EVE razor for women.

A new girl on the block, Dorco EVE isn’t afraid to take on the challenge of getting you smooth legs, quickly, even if there is a fallen bottle of conditioner and a dribble of shampoo in the eye along the way. Glamour in shaving there is not, but with six blades split into a unique ‘double 3 blade’ format contour to your body shape, there is. The double 3 blade has a bendable cartridge, so makes those hard to shave places a thing of the past – no more annoying cuts or nicks on those kneecaps, ladies.

Dorco EVE has an innovative brush finger to massage the body and raise hair follicles for a closer, smoother shave.  moisturizing band with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender calms and protects even the most sensitive skin, so you don’t have to worry about doing the End-of-party lift to ‘The Time of My Life’.

To make life easier, so you can concentrate on finding the right dress and shoes to accompany those legs, you can purchase the Dorco EVE razor either as a one-off purchase from as little as £4.55*, or as a subscription for £5.45*.

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Notes to editors:

* One off purchase prices start from RRP £4.55 for 1 handle and 1 blade.  Subscription prices start from RRP £5.45 for 1 handle and 4 blades. Refer to https://www.razorsbydorco.co.uk/women website for pricing structure should further handles and blades be required.

About Dorco EVE

  • Double 3 blades with bendable cartridge follows body contours for the perfect shave
  • Innovative brush finger for body massage and raising hair for a closer shave
  • Moisturising band with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender calms and protects even the most sensitive skin
  • Multi-flex pivoting head for every contour of your body
  • Non-slip ergonomic rubber handle to provide excellent control
  • Moisturising band containing:

Vitamin E: Anti-aging and anti-oxidant moisturisesfor more vibrant skin

Aloe Vera: Moisturises and soothes sensitive skin, calms allergies and skin irritation

Lavender Extract: Rejuvenates collagen to reveal younger looking skin, relieves any possible skin irritation

 About DORCO

DORCO is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products. Razors by DORCO is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK market, including an ultra-sharp 6-six blade shaving system, as well as DORCO’s innovative and patented common docking system.  With over 60 years of expertise in offering advanced blade technology, DORCO offers a flexible subscription service on their superior quality razors and replacement blades.

Learn more at www.razorsbydorco.co.uk

For more information please contact:

Rupert Esdaile – resdaile@golin.com, 020 7027 0288

Toyin Peters – tpeters@golin.com, 020 7067 068

 

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