Your Shaving Kit
How To Turbocharge Your Shaving Kit
In the battlefield of life, men today must be armed and dangerous; with nothing more than a shaving kit.
Humanity has come a long way (thankfully) since jagged rocks were used for shaving, and your shaving kit has got to be able to keep up. The shaving cream and rusty old razor sitting on your bathroom counter hardly count as a shaving kit. You're a handsome guy- you deserve better!
Mr. Charles Doppelt, a 20th century leather craftsman introduced the Dopp kit that began as a carry bag for razors and toothbrushes during WW2. Nowadays it is used as a full shaving kit; and since it has plenty of room, you may as well treat yourself and fill it up.
The box of Zest or Dial soap you use in the shower on your "private" areas should never be allowed near your face. Ever. When you wash your face, the goal is to thoroughly clean your skin and get rid of dirt. The problem with bar soaps is that they actually strip away the necessary oils that your skin needs, causing it to overcompensate and produce excess oil.
While the well-stocked shelves at the store may seem overwhelming and seemingly impossible to find one that's right, choosing a face wash is actually very simple and all depends on your skin:
1. For oily skin choose an oil and soap free liquid cleanser
2. If you are prone to dry or irritated skin, a cream-based cleanser is best
3. If you are still prone to breakouts that leave you looking like a hormonal teenager, look for something that has salicylic acid as a main ingredient
Pre-shave oil is essential to your shaving kit, especially if you are prone to ingrown hairs or other skin irritations commonly associated with shaving. By applying this oil underneath your shaving cream, you soften the hair and provide a nice smooth surface for the razor to slide across. Try to look for natural oils like coconut or olive oil. These plant based softeners are better for your skin and won't clog your pores like other products.
Sensitive Skin Shave Cream
You don't have to have sensitive skin to opt for sensitive products. Because these shave creams are specifically created to be gentler on skin, you are less likely to get red, irritated skin that often follows shaving. Choose products that are soothing and contain aloe or mineral oil. These products also soften your skin without making it oily.
While these handy little brushes may be something you've only seen in old movies, they are making a comeback for all the right reasons. When you're putting your shaving kit together, this is one item you should definitely not skip.
Not only do these brushes feel excellent on your skin, but science has proven that the circular motions used to apply shave cream with a shaving brush actually exfoliate dead skin away. This means that the top layer of dead skin blocking your hair follicles is gone, leaving you with a much better surface for shaving. While it may be a bit of an investment, opt for a brush that uses badger hair. They are more high-quality and much more gentle on your face.
Rule number one: if you are using cheap disposable razors, they should get tossed in the trash right now. Your face deserves much better and it's time you invested in it. The benefits of razors with multiple blades are countless. A single blade simply grabs the hair or it doesn't.
Every time it misses a hair, you then run the blade across your skin again, setting yourself up for major irritation. With a multiple blade razor, the first blade removes the hair from the follicle and allows the following blades to cut the hair further down. What one minor investment means to you; a closer shave, softer skin, and fewer cuts.
This is definitely a handy little tool for those times when you get nicks that just don't stop bleeding. It's basically a medicated stick that instantly stops bleeding. There is a little stinging involved, but it's better than walking around with little pieces of tissue stuck to your face. One good tip to keep in mind is to make sure the pencil you purchase includes aluminum sulfate as an ingredient.
Contrary to what you've probably heard, aftershave does not necessarily come with a stinging guarantee. In fact, if you avoid alcohol based aftershaves, you probably won't have any burning at all. After shave helps to calm the skin back down after it's been attacked with a razor and helps to reduce the risk of irritation. Try and choose an aftershave that uses original soothing ingredients like Vitamin E and aloe.
Electric Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer
Thank to today's day and age which has a goal of making life as simple as possible, nose and ear hair trimmers are generally an all-in-one rather than two separate tools. This little device allows you to trim unsightly hair protruding from your nose and ears without doing any damage. Your money would be best spent on an electric rotary trimmer. These cut the hair in a circular motion and use a sort of vacuum system to catch the hair as you trim.
No, it's not just for women, and yes, you need it. Not all moisturizers are flowery smelling or meant to make your skin softer than your wife's. Moisturizer is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and protecting against weather elements. Just like your face wash, the type of moisturizer you choose completely depends on your individual skin type:
1. For skin that is prone to acne, be sure to find noncomedogenic products that are oil free
2. Dry skin benefits from hydrating ingredients like aloe or shea butter
One more thing to keep in mind is that a moisturizer that contains sunscreen protects your skin from harmful sun rays without making your skin oily like other sunscreens do.
We understand that you think of eye cream as that fancy stuff your wife uses, but you need it too. Even men want to stay looking young for as long as possible, and your eyes are the first areas that start showing signs of aging. A roll on application is your best bet since the rolling act itself redistributes the fluid underneath the skin and helps reduce puffiness. Also look for products that incorporate cucumber and caffeine in the ingredients.
Dry, cracked, or peeling lips are definitely one of the most unattractive features you can have. If you want kissable, smooth, healthy lips, you've got to incorporate lip balm into your shaving kit. The only rule here is to rule out any products that are petroleum based. You may also want to opt for something colorless, but that's entirely up to you.
Anything and everything metal in your shaving kit should be stainless steel. This goes for scissors, razor blades, clippers, tweezers, etc. While the cheaper options may be easier on your wallet, they are much tougher on your skin. The extra few dollars you saved will seem pretty insignificant when you are manscaping and cut particularly sensitive areas with a rusty blade. Aside from making sure to purchase high quality stainless steel tools, make sure you find tools that fit the size of your hands.
Hair Styling Must Haves for Your Shaving Kit
This is another area where you may find yourself lost among the rows and rows of hair products lining the store shelves. All you've got to do is know what look you are going for and find a product that works. You may have to try a few before you find something you really like, but it's all worth it when you have perfect hair that makes you feel sexy and confident.
Gel will give you a strong all-day hold as well as a wet look. Putties are good for spiked, textured looks that are supposed to appear messy. Glycerin based gels add moisture to your hair and keep you from getting that crusty look that is far from attractive.
If you're not sure yet whether you are a gel or a putty or paste man, keep in mind that putty gives you a flawlessly strong hold that you can forget about, but paste lets you restyle without looking dirty. Whatever you choose, just remember that with your perfectly shaven face, you've got to have great hair to match so you may as well include your product of choice in your shaving kit.