Search found 15 matches

by elixr
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:24 am
Forum: Skin Care & Hair Care
Topic: do gentlemen exfoliate?
Replies: 39
Views: 10760

I exfoliate on days that I don't shave. I use Clean & Clear Daily Face Cleanser for this. On days that I shave (every two to three days), I just wash with Cetaphil Gentle Face Wash and shave. I find that exfoliation before shaving often just makes the shave rougher because of how raw it can leave my...
by elixr
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Shave Soap purpose?
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

I asked because I bought a soap and a cream at C&E to try each and see which works better for me, then I saw a post about shave soaps softening the outside of the hairs allowing water to get into them, making them easier to cut.

At any rate, thanks for the response!
by elixr
Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:55 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Shave Soap purpose?
Replies: 8
Views: 1015

Shave Soap purpose?

So at first I thought that shave soap was a replacement for shaving cream - but now I'm not sure, and I don't see a thread on it, so I thought I'd ask: What exactly is shave soap for? Are you supposed to actually shave with it, or just clean your face with it and shave with cream? I suspect you can ...
by elixr
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Alcohol and Razor Burn?
Replies: 35
Views: 4109

Only on my second DE shave here, but I don't think alcohol is a good thing to put on your face, unless you suffer from infections or acne regularly - all it does is kill bacteria and dry your skin. FWIW, I will second what everyone has said - you should adjust your technique. I used to use a cartrid...
by elixr
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: First DE Shave experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1622

Oh, I forgot to mention, between my first shave and my second shave I got one of these:

Image

It really helped me get a handle on my angle.
by elixr
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:02 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Just over a year in
Replies: 12
Views: 1620

As far as cologne (and being a fragrance buff myself), I can tell you that there is definitely something out there that you would like. I too do not like most of the department store scents out there (although there are some true gems), and the "old" stuff just doesn't excite me. Is there ANY scent ...
by elixr
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:50 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: First DE Shave experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1622

Second Shave

This morning I had my second shave. Way better than yesterday, as my angle and lathering technique improves. I spent a little bit more time face lathering. Here's a quick rundown for this morning: 1) Shower, let warm water soften whiskers. 2) Dry off (except for face), fill sink with warm water 3) S...
by elixr
Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: First DE Shave experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1622

Re: First DE Shave experience

No, it hasn't thickened, unless your face is one big callus. What happened is that you learned to shave without hurting yourself. A very good thing, yes? :D I suppose that's true - I am definitely looking forward to my next shave, I think that "noise" that I was hearing was just right, maybe only s...
by elixr
Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:53 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: First DE Shave experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1622

First DE Shave experience

I knew I wouldn't be able to wait until the weekend to try. Anyway, my equipment: Razor: Merkur Long Handle Classic Blade: Merkur SS Platinum Brush: Vulfix Super Badger Cream: Proraso Green After Shave: L'Oreal Men's Expert Aftershave My first experience was apparently quite pleasant compared to wha...
by elixr
Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: T&H, Taylor's, and local vendors
Replies: 3
Views: 812

T&H, Taylor's, and local vendors

As I'm new to DE shaving (just received my first brush, razor, etc. today), I'm interested in trying some T&H and / or Taylor's shave soap - but I'm not really interested in ordering a bunch of tubs online. Is there a national chain that carries these soaps, where I can go and smell them before deci...
by elixr
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: How do you properly apply a cologne without a spray?
Replies: 13
Views: 1877

I am a fragrance fanatic. I don't know why I felt the need to preface this, but I prefer to decant from splash bottles. Atomizers give you better and more even coverage, plus you can just drop a secant into your pocket to take along with you for refreshing.
by elixr
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: 2nd DE shave....going well, but BUMPS/whiteheads appearing
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

I've battled ingrown hairs for several years now. This sounds more like clogged pores rather than ingrowns. Remember, your pores are (or should be) wide open when you start your shave, and throughout your shave, because of the hot water. If you're not rinsing with cold water afterwards, your pores a...
by elixr
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:27 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: Hurts when I shave my face while hair is short. Need help
Replies: 15
Views: 5135

Does the body shop face wash have any exfoliating crystals in it, or anything abrasive like that? That could be causing your problem as well - the face wash rubbing your skin raw, then you run a blade over it, making it worse. I use Clean & Clear face wash (with the crystals) but I avoid using it be...
by elixr
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: New member / Semi-new to wet shaving
Replies: 8
Views: 1558

I've watched Mantic's videos, although it seemed to me that his angle was more aggressive than I'd be comfortable with for my first shave. One thing I have learned is that over the years dealing with ingrown hairs / razor bumps / razor burn is that my skin seems to be way more resilient than most. I...
by elixr
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:40 am
Forum: ShaveMyFace University
Topic: New member / Semi-new to wet shaving
Replies: 8
Views: 1558

New member / Semi-new to wet shaving

Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I ordered the necessary tools (razor, badger-hair brush, blades, and stands for the razor and brush). I'll probably order one of the sample packs to try out different blades, especially if I can't find a good supply store locally. Unfortunately, I didn't f...