The most important tips for wet shaving from the Community
The slicer and shaving cream are ready. I've been sharing my experiences with you since April. You have told me what else I need for the perfect wet shave.
I only recently moved away from the system razor and into the camp of the classic razor plane. The first step was to choose the right plane, the second the right shaving soap or shaving cream.
Now the accessories are missing. And a very central element for wet shaving. Thanks to the tips from the community - i.e. from you - I am now well-equipped.
Tip number 1: A must-have gadget
A shaving brush is a must if you don't use foam from a can. Such a brush is available from 20 to 30 francs - but it can quickly cost over 100 francs. I got the Mühle Traditional, which was also recommended by the community.
The brush is not cheap, but it absorbs a lot of moisture. It's handy for lathering up and massaging in. It's important to wash out the fine hairs well after shaving and to dry the brush.
Tip number 2: Small investment with big effect
. A product that is worth its weight in gold: a styptic pencil! It costs just ten francs. And it lasts forever. It's ideal for quickly treating wounds. When it comes into contact with the wound, the crystal causes the tissue to contract. It immediately stops bleeding, but it also burns a little. I can't believe I haven't heard of this one before...
By the way, alum can also be used as a deodorant, as it slows down bacterial growth and thus prevents bad odours. And I could also use it as an aftershave. But I prefer a pleasant and non-burning balm.
Mühle Styptic pencil
Tip number 3: After shaving is before shaving
. There are also favourites from the Community for treating the skin after shaving. Everything from after-shave to lotion and balm is available. The comparison also shows big differences. Not all products absorb equally well - and some have a rather intense scent. It's important to avoid strongly perfumed shaving creams and after-shave balms. It's best to use at least one neutral product.
Proraso After Shave: The balm is very liquid, the scent slightly tart, but rather neutral. Since the Proraso absorbs well and moisturises, it is one of my favourites in the tested. I also like the classically designed glass bottle.
Balm, 100 ml
Mühle Sanddorn Balsam: The strong, fruity scent is striking. Sea buckthorn is called the "lemon of the north" - which goes well with the fruity, tart taste. The balm is not absorbed very quickly, but forms something like a protective film on the skin. All in all, it's very soothing and pleasant if you don't mind the strong taste. By the way, the manufacturer Mühle also has other fragrances on sale.
Clubman Musk: The mix of lotion and aftershave has two disadvantages: The plastic bottle looks cheap. And the tart musk scent is strong. In any case, you should only combine Clubman Musk with a neutral shaving soap, as it needs quite a bit of cologne to have the pleasantly calming and relaxing effect on the entire shaving area. >
Lotion, 177 ml
Captain Fawcett Post Shave: The look is right. The tube in the retro design makes something. The cream is quite thick and I have to rub it in well so that no residue remains visible. The consistency is reminiscent of a wound cream. But the soothing effect kicks in. The scent of herbs is strong - and a matter of taste. For me personally, it smells too firmly of meat marinade with rosemary.
Davidoff Cool Water: The balm smells strongly of the well-known brand fragrance. So you're saving yourself perfume or aftershave. Otherwise, it is thick and does not absorb very well. It takes a little patience - then the skin is thoroughly soothed and feels pleasant.
I like the Proraso After Shave best. It smells pleasantly fresh, but not too strong. So I can still use a perfume as needed. The Proraso is quickly absorbed and the skin is well soothed.
Summary: My learnings for shaving with a plane, brush and cream
- Preparation: Beard hair as well as skin should be well prepared for shaving, then there are much fewer cuts. This primarily means plenty of moisture and a good massage with the shaving brush. Just applying foam is not enough.
- Blade and razor: Even though beginners' razors look very similar, they are different. This also applies to the blades. I can shave the difficult areas around the child and mouth with the razor plane from King C. Gillette is significantly easier and cleaner to shave than the model from Mühle.
- A lot of courage, no pressure: I had great respect for shaving with the plane at the beginning. But the fear of a bloody face is unfounded. Apart from good preparation (see above), it is important that you let the blade glide over the skin with almost no pressure. Less, in fact, than with the conventional system razor.
- Be generous: If you are stingy with the shaving soap or cream and also change the blade too rarely, you will not be happy with the razor. The risk of cutting is too great - and not all hairs will be shaved cleanly. Depending on the quality and wear, you should change the blades every five to ten shaves.
- Try it out: You should not buy a large pack of everything. It's better to try out different varieties first. The differences are sometimes astonishingly big - and the preferences are quite different.
- Try it out.