Weddings very often seem to be just about the girl, so here’s one for the boys!

The Antler have teamed up with King of Shaves to create razor sharp shaving tips for grooms to look good on the big day.

Those wedding photos are going to last a lifetime and no man wants to look back at their wedding album and see cuts, blemishes or the dreaded shaving rash. And they certainly shouldn’t risk upsetting the bride-to-be by going Miami Vice at the last minute. StagWeb’s International Director Jamie Birleson said “Guys want to look and feel good on the big occasions or for big nights out and it’s surprising how many guys simply aren’t aware of some simple shaving techniques”.

For grooms who want to look truly smooth then it’s worth paying special attention and learning the art of the close shave. Did you know…

  • 75% of men shave everyday*
  • 85% of men prefer to wet shave*
  • 1.3 billion men worldwide are estimated to use a razor blade when shaving*

Through our own research at StagWeb we’ve discovered that the majority of men admit they weren’t ever taught to shave and so have devised their own method and bad habits. However there are definite do’s and don’ts for that perfect photogenic and kissable finish that most guys simply don’t (but should) know.

For smooth grooms and hairy ushers alike here are 10 top shaving tips from our friends King of Shaves:

1. Forget everything you know:

Lots of lather does not equal a good shave. Foam sitting on top your skin does nothing (except give you a comedy Father Christmas look) so move on. Choose a quality modern shaving gel, oil or serum, not a soap-based foam that will dry out your skin. Nor does the number of blades on your razor really matter – is the blade(s) clean, sharp and of a decent quality are the questions you should be asking yourself.

2. Don’t shave as soon as you get up:

Have breakfast first. Give your skin a chance to wake up!

shave wash3. Invest a little time preparing your skin:

We don’t recommend you wash your face with ordinary soap as it is usually very drying on the skin and, coupled with shaving (which also can be drying), you will make your skin tight and uncomfortable. To effectively (and kindly) cleanse your skin and prime it for a great shave use a deep cleansing soap-free face wash and alternate twice a week with a gentle face scrub / exfoliator. Thoroughly rinse off with warm water afterwards. All this preparation will help soften and lift your bristles up ready for shaving.

4. Ideally, shave in the shower or bath:

Dry stubble can have the same tensile strength as copper wire so the hot, steamy environment of a shower or bath will seriously help soften your bristles. On average it takes 3 to 4 minutes for stubble to ‘wet out’ properly making it so much easier to shave. If you prefer the old fashioned water in a bowl (or sink!) method, wash your face first with plenty of hot water to ensure those bristles are really soft. Then spend a little time massaging your chosen shaving preparation into your face as this will help to further soften and lift the bristles.

shave razor5. Ensure you have a clean sharp blade and shave using short strokes:

Shaving against the direction of hair growth is the primary cause of razor burn, redness and rashes so it’s key to shave in the direction of your hairs’ growth. Generally speaking this is down on the cheeks / chin and upwards on the neck. If you are at all unsure, run your finger across your stubble to see which direction the hair is growing. Take special care when shaving around the sensitive neck area.

6. Rinse the blade regularly:

Rinse the blade thoroughly as you shave and don’t press too hard against the skin – let the blades do the work!

7. Afterwards rinse skin thoroughly:

After shaving rinse your face thoroughly with cool water and pat dry (don’t rub).

shave balm product8. Apply a post shave product:

Protect your skin with a moisturiser or face balm as this will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and soft – not tight and dry. For maximum effectiveness we recommend applying a moisturiser or balm within five minutes of shaving or washing. Ideally use a moisturiser or balm with UVA / UVB filters or with a sun protection factor (SPF) – the sun and wind can be very damaging to your skin so these will further help to protect your face.

9. Don’t apply aftershave to your face:

The days of ‘splash it all over’ are long gone. Aftershave is primarily made from alcohol and alcohol, like soap, has a drying effect on your skin. To wear aftershave or a fragrance, simply apply it to the back of your neck or your wrists.

10. Optimise your blade’s life:

For optimum blade life, after use shake off excess water and allow your blade / cartridge to air dry naturally before storing.

For more skin care and shaving tips form the experts check out King of Shaves Care & Know How Guide.

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