A concise guide to shaving
Written by Ayesha Khan
These male grooming products will leave you looking and smelling like you just walked out of a luxe London barbershop.
For the closest shave it is important to always start with a skin exfoliant. Acqua di Parma’s Collezione Barbiere purifying facial scrub (US$43, acquadiparma.com) more than does the trick. Micro pumice grains buff away superficial layers of dead skin to prepare the hair for shaving, while extracts of black elderflower and rosemary help prevent redness.
For a real pro shave, ditch your foaming shave cream for a shaving soap. Enriching ingredients such as glycerine reduce friction from your blade and protect your skin. Penhaligon’s Bayolea shaving soap (US$60, penhaligons.com) in a wooden bowl features top notes of citrus combined with a woody, musky base note, and spicy, flowery heart notes.
And for every shaving soap one must have an equally worthy shaving brush with which to literally whip up the foam. The only option you should consider is one made of badger hair – no synthetic substitutes! The Art of Shaving even has an electric Power Shaving Brush (US$125, theartofshaving.com) if you’re particularly gadget-happy.
The Art of Shaving also has an extensive line of safety razors, such as the chrome-handled Power Razor (US$175), or better yet buy the brush and razor duo, complete with polished chrome customisable stand (US$420).
For post-shave skin sensitivity, the best cure is an alum block (US$20, theartofshaving.com). This astringent substance helps close pores, reduce any nicks you may have encountered, and is even a mild antiseptic.