I shower first, then shave. I like my whiskers well-hydrated. I start the shave itself by washing my face thoroughly with soap (even after a shower) and applying a hot wash cloth for 2 minutes. That softens my whiskers even more and makes sure that they are good and hydrated. To solve the problem of the skin oils being stripped away, my next step is to apply Neutragena Post Shave Lotion. (Pick your product here; Neutragena Moisturizing Face Wash, Proraso Pre, or your favorite shave oil.) That leaves my skin nice and supple and well-moisturized for the blade. Works for me. I use either Clubman or Skin Bracer after the shave.Also I have found that leaving my natural skin oils helps aid in a more comfortable shave. When I wash face first, it strips those oils & the shave is not as smooth.
I usually shave and shower at night, also ending up with 5 o’clock by noon. This week I have been shaving in the morning and really enjoying it.I'm in the shower at night, shave in the morning camp. I started shaving at night after my shower but being in the military, I need a fresh shave first thing so it lasts all day. I found shaving at night I would have a 5 o'clock shadow by noon!
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Nice experiment & write up! Thanks for sharingSo I conducted a little experiment to determine if shaving before showering changed the outcome of my shave and I can say conclusively, yes, it does.
I spent a whole week doing each of:
1) shaving in the evening without showering (shower in the morning only),
2) shaving in the morning after showering (as per usual)
3) finally shaving in the morning before showering.
Across the entire experiment I found that my usual morning shower then shave produced the worst outcome! In hindsight I already knew that a long hot shower was setting me up for an awful shave, so I suppose it should have been no surprise that no shower makes for a better one.
In past experiments a trend had developed which indicated that it was possible to over-hydrate my skin and develop more irritation; this experiment seems to support that notion. There seems to be a window where whiskers are adequately softened but skin is not yet over-hydrated/compromised and I can get a great shave with little thought. Not enough prep time and it's a rough shave, too much and the I have to be very careful or suffer greater irritation.
So, here's what I do now:
- Two minute face wash in warm water with Mitchell's Wool Fat bar soap
- empty and re-fill the sink with cool water, soak brush, prepare lather while face is wet
- face lather for one minute
- two passes, XTG and ATG, some touch-up
- rinse and clean up before showering
I shave six days a week and on every occasion I've had a very close shave with little to no irritation at all, regardless of the razor used.
I thought exactly the same, over hydration can produce bad shaves as the skin feels softer and more prone to irritation, so when I have long hot showers I shave with cold water to tighten my skin and does not affect the hydration on the whiskers but shaving before shower seems like the way to goit was possible to over-hydrate my skin and develop more irritation
This is why I started shaving before showering. Now I just keep that routine.When I first tried shaving with cartridge razors in the '80s, I shaved then showered, so that I could rinse off any blood from nicks. Now that happens very rarely. Perhaps I'll try it tomorrow . . . I can probably find something to occupy me for 2-3 minutes while I let the cream soften the bristles.
And now there are 3.I thought I was the only weirdo that did that
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I always do. I just use my regular face soap in the shower. Then after I get out I apply whatever aftershave and/or balm I will be using. Works like a champ for me!I have a question though. Would I wash my face with soap/wash in the shower, or just water? After shaving that is.
Gotta say, it's really strange washing an already smooth face when I'm so used to stubble when I wash hahaI always do. I just use my regular face soap in the shower. Then after I get out I apply whatever aftershave and/or balm I will be using. Works like a champ for me!