All posts tagged: how to shave

4 of the best shave creams

I’m still getting to grips with shave creams, preferring a much lazier option of a gel that foams. I sometimes add in a shave oil, but always do plenty of prep and warm my face with a hot face cloth and even scrub in advance sometimes. so I put some to the test to create a hot list of 4 of the best shave creams. So, the shave cream. It’s designed to act as a shave medium and lubricant for the blade. Usually more hydrating and caring for the skin (gels and foams can be drying) these are great if you have sensitive skin. I do find they take a little more work and extra rinsing from the blade. That said, they are kinder to the skin so worth the effort. Here’s my pick of the best: Molton Brown Skin-Calm Shaving Cream This is from the new Molton Brown men’s skincare range and as the name says is crafted with skin calming properties. Great for sensitive skin with barley extract to calm and prep the …

Cornerstone’s Oliver Bridge on the male grooming market

The Spa Man spoke to Oliver Bridge, founder of Cornerstone, a subscription based shaving company that is shaking up the world of male grooming. Offering a unique service and top quality products, it’s a truly British success story. Oliver talks about the male grooming market, shaving and his business success. The male grooming market is booming. What is fuelling this growth – why are men more interested in grooming and taking care of themselves? I think it’s come from the fact that the concept of metrosexuality has died. For a long time, it was seen as ‘soft’ by a lot of men to use products like moisturiser and face scrub – something that was only for girls – this wasn’t helped by people like Peter Andre and David Beckham posing with 6 packs and fake tan on nationwide billboard campaigns: to take care of your skin was to put yourself in the same over-preened category. However, this metrosexual concept has really died a death – it’s now perfectly OK for men to use moisturiser and …

There’s a new razor in town

Razor brands are constantly evolving, adding more blades and cutting edge design to tempt men to upgrade their morning ritual. Few have tackled the issue of the contours of the face until Gillette can along with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with new FlexBall Technology. They say: ” responds to contours for maximum contact on the curves and gets virtually every hair.” Having trialled it for a few weeks, it does give a close shave and works well over the neck area. Note – I have a beard so couldn’t test it over the jaw line – but reckon it would do the trick. It’s flex motion does allow for more movement and I really liked that it’s head has thinner edges, meaning for beared blokes its easier to get a sharp edge on your beard line. The Gillette Fusion ProGlide with new FlexBall Technology has a RRP  of £12 (manual) and £15 (power). Available: pretty much everywhere.  

Best shaving kit: the cornerstone of your shaving routine

Cornerstone is a new range of smart shaving essentials delivered by post on subscription. Subscription delivery of product isn’t a new idea, however, I do like how Cornerstone allow you to change and alter your upcoming delivery of products, according to what you need. There’s certain products you will naturally use more of, and others much less. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it has to be the best shaving kit by subscription that there is on the market. I have been using the products for over two months now and I love how you can personalise your razor with your initials and for me, this makes a great gift for a Dad, friend or partner. The razor has a larger footprint than a Gillette, so it takes a little while to get used to (if you are shaping facial hair). I found it gave a close shave and rinsed well. I also liked the shave gel too – the mix of ginger and eucalyptus was fresh and fragrant, not laden with a …

100% Jojoba

Any Australian product that comes across my desk always gets a second look from me. I am, after all from “Down Under”. Born and bred. This is a new one to me. It’s marketed as a multi-tasker and as its a pure oil – its does just that. 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil (30ml £12.99, 85ml £19.99) is being tauted as a shave oil, post-shave hydrator and even beard oil. As it acts like natural sebum, it helps to protect and condition facial hair. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can safely and effectively heal shaving nicks and in-grown hairs. It does have a good glide and protects the skin from razor burn. I’m usually a bit lazy to use a shave oil AND shave gel. But when I can be bothered (remember) I really notice the difference in finish. Here’s a couple of top tips: Shave Prep: Apply Jojoba Oil to your skin before applying shaving cream or foam and rub it into your skin for a more comfortable shave. After shave moisturiser: Apply …

Shaving by post

I freely admit, I don’t change my razor enough. I forget, it slips my mind – that’s me! Everytime I get a new, clean, sharp razor – I marvel at the glide, the cut, the finish. So for men like me there is now a simple answer. Sign up to the new online membership service Close Shave Society. It delivers top quality German manufactured razors straight to your door on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. It’s a subscription with a difference. For as little as £3.50 a month you can rest assured you will get clean, sharp, new razors delivered directly to you house. Genuis really. 1. You choose your blade: Bullet Tooth Tony 3 Gothic Arch II design, stainless steel blades Flexible razor head provides a smooth even shave Aloe vera glide strip cools and soothes the skin as you shave Free handle with ergonomic grip 4 cartridges per pack Postage & Packaging Included from £3.50 per month Houdini 5 Gothic Arch II design, stainless steel blades Flexible razor head provides a smooth even …

Pro shave with Philips

Electric shavers are a great gift for the hard to buy for Dad, brother or brother-in-law. Whilst I tend to wet shave most of the time, when I travel (with hand baggage) an electric shaver will travel with me in the cabin, whilst a blade often gets confiscated. So, for a short haul hand baggage only trip, it’s an electric shaver for me. So, I got to try the Philips PT920 PowerTouch Pro Shaver from John Lewis. Charge it fully in just 1 hour (bonus), to enjoy up to 60+ minutes of cordless power (which means you can walk around, drink your tea and watch TV whilst you shave). What’s quite cool is that when you forget to re-charge, there’s a 3 minutes quick charge provides enough power for one shave. Adjusting to the contours of your face it’s designed to give a really close shave – and I can confirm that’s very true. Nice to hold, good clean finish and all-in-all it’s a good shaver. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, I …

How to…care for your moustache

It’s Movember and for the uninitiated, growing a mo is no simply task. OK, the hair growth might be easy – but defining a shape and style – that takes some time effort, and a touch of class. There’s a real art to growing a moustache – something that with a little love and attention will give you a facial focus to be proud of. Gentlemen’s Tonic, specialists in male grooming and wet shaving has shared a few top tips on how to keep a handle on your moustache: 1.    They suggest you call in the professionals. (OK, you say – they would say that – but with a professional shape and style first – you can use your time to craft and maintain at home). I sought the expert advice at Gentelmen’s Tonic for my beard and have never looked back. 2.    Keep it clean: You need to wash your moustache! Using your regular facial wash is fine, although perhaps introduce a scrub once a week. A slick of conditioner applied every time you …

Stubble Trouble

THE STORY: As a grooming writer I get sent lots of products to try and review. The pile gets quite big and on occasion things get buried, like this little number I recently uncovered. Temple Spa Stubble Trouble must have been in my grooming draw for at least a year. As I’d just finished my favourite shave gel I decided to put this to the test. It’s got a fresh marine-like scent, applies easily and has a gentle foam – a little goes a long way (you really don’t need much) which makes it super cost effective. The razor glides easily over the skin and the ingredients help sooth any razor burn. THE SCIENCE: It contains a whole host of herbal ingredients that are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Lemon, Lime oil, Thyme, Aloe Vera, Juniper oil, Lavender, Basil, Bergamot, Patchouli, Rosemary, Cardamom. THE VERDICT: As a little goes a long way – it’s well worth the price tag (and some). THE DETAILS: £15 for 150ml www.templespa.com

How to guides…

I am about to launch a new section on The Spa Man to replace the redundant “Stuff” page. The new “How to guides” will all follow a similar format – drawing on the expertise of well known spa and grooming experts, skincare specialists and health and wellness practitioners from around the world. I will also contribute some of my own thoughts on “How to…” do certain things. I wanted to give practical advice on different topics that can be used as a reference tool – for example: how to spa, how to shave and how to feed your skin. If you have any suggestions for topics or want to pose questions – feel free.

Thalgo Men Shaving Gel

THE STORY: As far as shaving gel’s go – there is a vast difference in quality and you can really notice this, the more you pay.  Standard mass market high street brands are good – don’t get me wrong. I use these regularly, but if you are prepared to pay a bit more – the quality and performance improves dramatically. That’s what I found with Thalgo Men Shaving Gel. It’s £10.60 – it won’t break the bank, especially as it really lasts. The nozzel that releases the gel from the can is quite small – so you only use a small amount – actually it delivers exactly what you need. My experience of mass market shave gels is that the nozzel releases far too much product and you go through it twice as fast. Performance? Thalgo Men Shaving Gel gave a smooth shave, the gel lightly foams and is a great texture that applies easily and allow the razor to glide across the skin. It’s got a gentle citrus, marine-like fragrance and I really loved …