Still getting razor burn

Discussion in 'Double Edged Razors' started by capncurt, May 12, 2016.

  1. I'm no champ or expert, but I have been wet shaving for 42 years and I can tell you the comment above about not scrubbing your face too hard in the shower is a very good one. In fact, you might find that rather than shaving after the shower, you'll do better before showering by holding a hot wet towel on your face for at least couple of minutes, and also after lathering your face, letting your beard soak in the lather for a couple of minutes, as another poster above suggests. (Notice how pro barbers use those hot towels?) Most bath soaps are designed to rinse off pretty completely and can leave you with dry skin, so after a shower you may want to use pre-shave lotion. I learned these things from experience before finding online sites like this. Here, there are people who know vastly more about pre-shave lotions and creams and shaving generally than I could ever dream of knowing, so look here for more answers.
     
  2. rabidus

    rabidus Contributor

    My preshave prep consists of a shower, I wet my face and head(head shaver) as soon as I get in. At the end of my shower, I wash my face and head with Neutrogina bar face soap. I lather it in my hands and apply it with my hands to my face and head. After I get out, I apply my homemade preshave oil to my face only, which consists of 3oz almond oil, 2oz caster oil, and 2tsp bergamont oil. I only apply it once. My top razors are the postwar Tech and 48-50 Aristocrat. Both have enough blade exposure and more rigidity than just about every razor made today. Post shave, I use an alcohol based aftershave on my face followed by a balm on my head and face. I chase and get a BBS face and head shave daily with no issues at all.

    I can use any razor but the best razors are ones where the blade is fully supported by the baseplate at the blade edge, like the postwar Tech and Gillette TTO's. I find 1950 or earlier TTO's to be better than later ones.

    Edit...

    I did mention my lather, I typically uber lather VDH Deluxe, Proraso aloe and vitamin E, and 7 drops of glycerin. Slick as snot...
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2017
  3. i would also make sure your skin isnt reacting to your pre-shave, cream, or balm. to check skip shaving and apply each product as you would if you shaved. then see how your skin reacts for a day. i found out that i was sensitive to an aftershave balm. also dont change too many variables at once, that way you can find out for sure what the issue is.
     
  4. My DE "EUREKA!" moment was the first time I tried an adjustable. The key for me was doing my WTG and XTG passes on a medium setting, and then cranking the razor down to a minimum setting for the ATG pass.

    I found that all the elaborate prep work (hot towels, etc) didn't help me much, but being able to dial down the aggressiveness of the razor for the ATG pass made all the difference. (A Parker Variant is a wonderful adjustable, BTW.)
     
  5. Good to hear you are getting better shaves and enjoying them, capncurt! I had a similar experience where I wasn't getting the fun, smooth shaves that everyone was talking about, but persistence and a little humility go a long way. I kept saying if others are doing it, then so can I, and I looked at every aspect of the shave to see what I could improve. My lather and technique were the two biggest factors, but I also found that though I thought a mild razor was for me because of how much I hated shaving and the irritation I used to get, they don't cut close enough on many parts of my face. Once I started using more aggressive razors I realized how much my technique needed to improve to keep irritation down, but now I get better shaves with less irritation from the "mild" razors and fantastic shaves with little to no irritation from the "aggressive" razors. Keep the goal of enjoyable, close shaves and it will happen.
     

  6. Excellent follow up with advice I'll be putting to use!
     

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