An alternative to shaving every day

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An alternative to shaving every day

Post by brothers » Wed May 17, 2017 6:26 am

Since I don't have to dress up and report to my job any more, I enjoy my leisure in the morning very much. All my life I have looked forward to my morning shave, and even when I didn't shave for one reason or other, I usually find time to grab a luxurious shave later in the day, just because. Over the past several months, it has been much easier to just skip shaving all together. Maybe tomorrow! I still love to shave, don't get me wrong, but now that I've found my best razor/blade/brush/soap/cream combo (thanks to SMF, etc.) there's just as much satisfaction shaving off a two/three day beard as it is to do it every day. Literally nobody other than me even knows or cares if I shave or not.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Rufus » Wed May 17, 2017 3:38 pm

Although I've been retired for several years I still shave every day. I enjoy shaving and like the way I feel afterwards: clean and invigorated. Occasionally I have to miss a day of shaving, but I don't like it because I feel slightly grubby and in some cases, slothful. Perhaps it's a case of old habits die hard, but it's more like wearing polished shoes, a laundered shirt and clean underwear, I don't feel good without them.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by CMur12 » Wed May 17, 2017 4:18 pm

I haven't shaved every day for many years, as my skin never tolerated it. Since I've worn a beard since 1972, my shaven neck in the shadow of the beard doesn't readily show a little growth. That being said, since I retired three years ago I have continued to shave on the same schedule as before.

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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by EL Alamein » Wed May 17, 2017 6:16 pm

Gary, good on you. It's a sign of status that you've reached this point. Enjoy it.

I hope to get there in the next thirty years.

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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by ShadowsDad » Wed May 17, 2017 8:43 pm

Gary, I pretty much could have penned your words.

When I "go out" even if it's just grocery shopping with the wife I'm clean shaven, other than that not so much. Since a shave for me lasts about 24 hours or more before shadow is seen many times I can shave once and get a 2fer.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Tinman » Fri May 19, 2017 9:07 am

Back in the 70s I tried growing a beard (had recently got out of the Army and returned to college). After about 4 weeks it still felt uncomfortable and I have been a daily shaver ever since. For some reason I do not like the feel of stubble on my face. I even pack a disposable razor and tiny can of shaving cream in my carry-on for international flights so I can be clean shaven when I leave the airport. I do have some sense of the Gary's point as I wait about 30 mins in the AM (when I'm not traveling, I work from home) so that my morning beard is just that little bit more exposed for a good shave.

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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Squire » Thu May 25, 2017 8:15 am

If I don't shave in the morning it will be because I died in my sleep.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by brothers » Thu May 25, 2017 4:18 pm

I bet you're still shaving twice a day?
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Squire » Sat May 27, 2017 10:09 am

Yep.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by mlb549 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:20 am

I have been a daily wet shaver for over 50 years, both head and face. I have never used a aerosol can of junk, disposable razor, or cartridge razor. I tried an electric on my head several years ago, twice- one time too many, don't even know where it is now. I grew up watching my granddad and my dad wet shaving and thought that was good enough for them, it's good enough for me. I still have some of their razors and mugs, and use them occasionally. I cannot even reason not shaving everyday. I shaved everyday while in Vietnam for 25 months!! It's just a routine I never tire of----the new norm around these parts of having a few days growth as being stylish and considered attractive by females does not concern me. YMMV is the nature of our society, sometimes you are "in" and sometimes you are "out". That is what makes this forum great!
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Ouchmychin » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:52 pm

Since my hospital stay I have not had the shaving enthusiasm I had before my illness. I shave every day or so and don't bother with the DE or SE razors in my collection to get close. I prefer a BIC Sensitive disposable and a brushless cream or gel. Super easy and good enough for an elderly gent who can't drive any more and mostly is housebound except for dial-a -ride trips to Dr's etc. Things happen at 86 but life us still great when those you love reciprocate.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by brothers » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:01 pm

Pete, it's good to hear from you! It's clear you have a kind and loving family around you. It's not the tools one uses to shave with, it's the fact that you feel good about being clean shaven, and that is what helps you keep a positive attitude and feel good about yourself all day long. Take care of yourself brother, and here's hoping you have a smooth and successful recovery. All the best to you, friend ---
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Ouchmychin » Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:28 pm

Thanks Gary, and the same to you and all the members of SMF.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by Squire » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:30 pm

Ouchmychin wrote:Since my hospital stay I have not had the shaving enthusiasm I had before my illness. I shave every day or so and don't bother with the DE or SE razors in my collection to get close. I prefer a BIC Sensitive disposable and a brushless cream or gel. Super easy and good enough for an elderly gent who can't drive any more and mostly is housebound except for dial-a -ride trips to Dr's etc. Things happen at 86 but life us still great when those you love reciprocate.
Good to hear from you man, hang in there.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by brothers » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:56 pm

This is an update to my original post above, 9 months ago. It took several years of experimentation to identify the tools and products that give me the best shaves of my life. They're all inexpensive and they meet my expectations and perceptions of what an ideal every day shave should be. Because I get such a satisfying and simple shave, I do it first thing every morning at the end of my normal getting up routine. I seldom skip a daily shave any more because the shave is one of the things that make every day a good one.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:14 am

I miss a couple of days a week lately, but o do agree....the shaving experience is one of the best parts of the day...its one of the few things one does that is 100% selfish and self absorbing :D :D

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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by kenedy » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:08 am

shaving the face everyday is a very boring job...
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by CMur12 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:48 am

Kenedy, welcome to SMF!

I'm guessing that you have joined us here because you, like the members of this forum, are an enthusiast of the traditional wet shave. Hopefully, you derive some pleasure from a well executed shave and will be able to share your experiences with us.

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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by ThePossum » Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:13 am

Gary,

Been retired now for 2 yrs and like you no longer have to shave everyday for work. I often go 3-4 days between shaves and will sometimes use a "hated" Gillette multi-blade razor to get the worst of the growth off my face especially if I am in a hurry.

Still, when I really want a close shave or just like you the feeling of a great traditional wet shave I jump on one of the few vintage razors that I have found work best for me. I guess I should just trim down my stock of razors but I'm saving them for my grandson to see if his day will encourage him to give them a try when he grows up. He's on 3 1/2 now.

I guess that being a bit older and retired now has changed my attitude about shaving. It's not necessary to shave each day for work. Hell I can even spend the day dressed Hugh Hefner style in my silk pajamas some days. Of course I don't have the curvaceous scantily clad young lady hanging off my arm and COPD precludes me from the Hefner pipe. All I want to do in retirement is kick back and be lazy, get lucky with SWMBO once in awhile, and see my grand children as much as possible. If shaving on a particular day is part of doing those things that's great and will do it mostly with my vintage stubble removal tools and accessories.
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Re: An alternative to shaving every day

Post by brothers » Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:53 pm

kenedy wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:08 am
shaving the face everyday is a very boring job...
Hi Kenedy. Welcome to SMF. Yes, I have heard that some people consider the daily shave a boring and uninteresting fact of life that entails no joy. Not a problem because there's one fact of life that covers everything, and that is this: we all agree to disagree, and for every thesis there is an anti-thesis. In my case, I have had a lot of good times sorting through all of the methods and products associated with the ultra-simple mindless act of shaving. It's a pastime and a diversion. Now I've got some good stuff that makes the daily shave perfect and enjoyable. Time and resources well-invested.
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