If you want to know how to shave in the shower, you have to come to terms with this: You absolutely must invest in a fogless mirror. But don’t let that discourage you — there are plenty of benefits to shaving in the shower that make this small investment worth it: Your get-ready-in-the-morning time will be cut in half; you won’t have to clean your sink afterwards; and you’ll ultimately experience a better shave.
With this in mind, we asked Travis Fields, Dollar Shave Club’s resident shaving expert, how to shave in the shower. Here’s his advice:
Step #1: Turn up the Heat
The constant flow of hot water and steam softens your whiskers and opens your pores, making it easier for the razor to glide smoothly across your face and effortlessly slice through the hairs, which is vital for preventing irritation. That’s because the less pressure you apply while shaving, the less likely you are to end up with a face covered in razor bumps.
Step #2: Prepare Your Face
Wash your face with hot water and an exfoliating prep scrub by using your fingers to gently scrub in a small circular motion. This will remove any gunk (including dirt and dead skin cells) that would otherwise clog up your blade, which makes shaving a real drag.
Step #3: Lather Up
Apply a transparent shave butter to lubricate your skin and soften the hairs without drying out your face. This will allow you to see where they’re shaving more clearly, which is vital when dealing with a constant flow of running water and steam.
Step #4: Use That Mirror
Using that fogless mirror we mentioned, shave with the grain — that is, shave in the direction that your hair is growing (as a more simplified rule, shave with downward strokes on your face and upward strokes on your neck). This helps to prevent razor burn, skin irritation and ingrown hair, by preventing sharp angles that cause the hair to become stuck underneath the skin.
Fields also recommends rinsing your razor after every stroke: “This will provide the closest shave possible, and it’s super easy to do in the shower,” he explains.
Step #5: Calm Your Skin
Since shaving is a natural exfoliant, it’s always a good idea to apply a gentle alcohol-free post shave-cream immediately after shaving (and showering). This will help to soothe, nourish and hydrate your skin to prevent irritation and redness.
There you have it: Shaving in the shower isn’t all that different to shaving in the sink — fogless mirror aside. But now that you know how to shave in the shower, enjoy those extra few minutes in the morning and that extra fresh face all day long.
Is there anything a hot, steamy shower doesn’t make better?