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Shaving: A Primer

Pat Parsi

It’s estimated that a man will shave 20,000 times in his lifetime. Even if he has the benefit of having his father show him the ropes, the experience of shaving is typically not a pleasant one. According to the American Dermatological Association, about 80% of men (and women) experience shaving irritation in the form of razor burn, razor scrape, nicks, cuts, bumps and ingrown hairs. In the US alone that accounts for about 200 million people.

Shaving technology definitely improved in 1903 when King Gillette began producing his first safety razors. However in the last 15 or so years we have seen the greatest advances in the past century when it comes to blade and shave formula technology. Gillette, Schick and a number of other companies make high–quality razors that significantly improve shaving.

Nonetheless, the razor is only half the equation when it comes to shaving. To experience a truly close and comfortable shave you also need a great shave formula like Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream. It’s our number one selling product. It’s a unique pre–shave oil and shave cream in one, making it a good value.

For best results we recommend first wetting your face with warm water. The strength of a strand of hair of hair is about one–third as great when wet as when dry. Smooth a quarter–sized amount of Hydroplane over wet beard area. Shave with a high quality razor as listed above. Add more warm water to beard area while shaving to activate Hydroplane’s water–soluble, micro–silicone. This makes the formula slicker, enhancing razor glide. Add more Hydroplane if desired for greater protection. When done, rinse, pat dry with a clean towel and apply a good after–shave balm like Billy Jealousy Shaved Ice After Shave Balm to soothe and moisturize skin.

I hope you find the information I provided helpful. Good luck and good shaving!


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