Shave like a gentleman. Episode 1: The Brush

In the next posts I am going to write about the tools and techniques necessary to shave like a gentleman.

This is episode 1. The full series is about:

1.- The brush
2.- The knife
3.- Shaving cream
4.- The aftershave
5.- The shaving routine

Shaving brush

The 3 fundamental elements in a good shave are the brush, the blade and the shaving cream. Of these 3, the brush is undoubtedly the most important element. If you want spend Invest in good shaving equipment, I recommend that you start with the brush.

A good brush is made from badger hair, but don't worry, it doesn't have to be expensive. Naturally the higher quality the brush the more expensive it will be, but for 20 euros you can get a decent brush.

How do you use the brush?

Put the brush in a container (the sink, for example) with very hot water. While the brush is heating, pour some shaving cream into a mug. Drain the brush, but without completely removing the water. Stir the cream into the cup with the brush. Loosely, simply circle the brush until it is well impregnated with shaving cream. Using the soapy brush and your face washed with hot water, massage the brush into your face, loosely and in circles, until it is completely covered by a good layer of cream.

What effect does it have on the skin?

The massage with the brush facilitates the absorption of the cream into the skin. In addition, it lifts the hairs of the beard, so that the shave is closer. Lastly, the brush helps exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin and anything that comes between the blade and your skin.

Maintenance tips

As the brush is a natural product (it is made of badger hair) it requires minimal care to keep it in shape for many years. When you're done using the brush, wring it out well. When not in use, keep it hanging upside down, to remove any remaining moisture.

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