How To Get A Closer Shave In 10 Steps

July 29, 2021 4 min read

Man shaving his face

How To Get A Closer Shave In 10 Steps

Learning how to get a closer shave is one of those essential life skills that every gentleman should know.

After all, mastering this skill offers a number of benefits to our grooming routine. With a closer shave, you can fight off skin irritation, boost your confidence, and get the most from your shaving routine. 

So, are you ready to learn how to get a closer shave? Whether it’s by exfoliating or using a pre-shaving oil, here are our 10 must-know tips and tricks.



1. Start With A Warm Shower

First up,  kick off your shaving routine with a warm shower. It’ll help soften your skin and facial hair and will make it easier for you to get a closer cut. 

Plus the steam will open the pores to allow the skin to absorb the ingredients in your skincare products


2. Exfoliate 

Before you jump out of the shower and grab your razor, don’t forget to exfoliate your face

By sloughing away any dirt and dead skin cells, you can unclog your pores and provide your razor with a clean surface to work with. 

If you’re on the hunt for an exfoliator, take a look at this Face Magnet Scrub by The Groomed Man Co. It contains kaolin clay, activated charcoal, magnetite, and more. It’ll get rid of any dead skin cells and leave behind a smooth complexion. 


3. Apply Pre-Shave Oil

Pre-shaving oil can be a rich addition to your grooming routine, helping you to achieve a seamless and closer shave. 

The blend works to soften facial hair while lifting it from the skin, providing the razor with an easier glide. 

Before reaching for the razor, apply a few drops of pre-shave oil to your hands. Spread it evenly over your palms and fingers, then massage it into your beard. Let the blend sit and work for about 30 seconds before lathering-up with shaving cream. Simple! 

This Pre-Shave Oil by Bluebeards Revenge is a worthy shaving companion - moisturising your beard to provide a smoother and less irritating shave. 


Bluebeards Pre Shave Oil

4. Avoid Blunt Razors 

For a closer shave, you’ll need to ditch those blunt razor blades - they aren’t doing you any favours. 

When we shave with blunt razors, our facial hairs are tugged and pulled as opposed to being properly cut. As a result, we’re left with an uneven shave and irritated skin - not a great combo. 

You’ll have to replace blunt razor blades if you find yourself pressing on your razor to cut through stubble or if the facial hair starts to tug against the blades.


5. Don’t Dry Shave 

Dry shaving is a habit to avoid if you’re learning how to get a closer shave. 

Without the proper technique or lubricants to protect your skin, dry shaving can leave you with skin irritation, razor burns, and ingrown hairs. 

Shaving cream helps to coat and soften our facial hair before a shave, making it easier to cut through. 


6. Use Shaving Cream

Shaving creams are an important element when it comes to getting a closer shave, though the way that you’re applying it is just as important. 

Shaving Brushes are one of the most valuable tools for applying cream or gel. They help to create a thick, rich lather while also lifting your beard hairs from your skin - making them easier to cut at the root. 

If you’re on the hunt for a quality lather for your next shave, try this Shaving Cream by Anthony. It spreads effortlessly over the skin, provides a luxurious lather, and softens beard hairs to deliver a closer shave. 


Anthony Shave Cream

7. Go With The Grain 

It’s the first rule many of us hear while learning to shave - don’t go against the grain. It may sound tedious at this point, but there’s a reason it’s the first shaving tip we hear. 

Moving the razor in the opposite direction of hair growth may seem tempting if you’re going for a closer shave, but it typically just leaves behind irritated skin and ingrown hairs. 

Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s not worth the pain and struggle. For cleaner results, remember to run your razor in the same direction that your facial hair grows. 


8. Be Gentle 

Putting excessive force behind your razor won’t deliver a cleaner shave. In fact, it may do more harm than good. 

The surface of our skin becomes uneven when we put too much pressure on the razor, making it harder to properly cut through facial hair and boosting your chances of a shaving cut

Instead, let your razor do all the hard work for you. Gently guide the blades over your face for a much smoother shave. 


9. Rinse After Each Stroke 

Whether it’s dead skin cells or clusters of beard hair - our razors can quickly clog-up if we aren’t rinsing them regularly. 

This is why it’s important to rinse your razor after each stroke. This won’t only help to keep the blades nice and sharp, but it’ll also help protect your skin from irritation. 

Rinse your blades under running water to get rid of any debris. If you find that your blades are clogged, try running them under warm water and gently shaking. 

Rinsing a razor in the sink


10. Take Care Of Your Razor 

Are you guilty of leaving wet razor blades on the bathroom counter - don’t worry, many of us are! Though this shaving habit may be one that’s worth breaking, particularly if you’re chasing a closer shave. 

When water sits on your razor for too long, it can cause the blades to quickly rusted or turn dull - leading to an uneven and irritating shave. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to avoid this. 

After using your razor, remember to store it in a cool space and in an upright position. This allows the blades to dry. If you see any rust on the blades, avoid using them and grab a clean set. 

Need a proper home from your razor? Take a look at this Mason Razor Holder by Tooletries. It’s made from 100% silicon and provides your razor with a safe and secure spot between shaves. 

One last essential tip to remember when learning how to get a closer shave - avoid these 8 Common Shaving Mistakes. Click the link to find out more. 
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