The Men's Room

Re-lather… It’s important!

I love hearing success stories about how shaving across the grain has changed so many shavers lives. It’s a great feeling to wake up in the morning, shave, and leave the house without feeling the slightest irritation of any sort! But from time to time, I hear that some guys still struggle with a painful shave.

What I’ve come to realize after asking a few questions is that many of these painful shaves are the result of shaving across the grain without re-lathering. Not to sound like a smart &%#, but shaving across the grain is still shaving. So protecting the face from the blade is still important, especially since a layer of skin has already been removed on the first pass (hopefully with the grain“).

A shaving cream is designed to add moisture to the skin, protect the skin from the blade, if you will, by creating a cushion. This cannot be accomplished if more than half has already been shaved off. So if you’re looking to get a closer shave by choosing to shave across or even against the grain on your 2nd or 3rd pass, the best results will be from re-lathering each time. Trust me on this, it’s a tried and true technique that works for me every time!     


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  1. Andre Wright September 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Great post on shaving. I’m trying to see what works for best for my skin far as shaving with a razor or electric trimmers. I go to barber and he shave my face with electric trimmers but I wonder if using a razor will give me a very close shave. Im a dark skin guy and I don’t have acne prone skin, but I wonder if I use a razor for the first time will it create acne.

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