How do I reduce irritation while shaving?

If you notice your skin is irritated after shaving with The Single Edge, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

Too much pressure

The #1 cause of irritation while shaving with The Single Edge is pressing too hard on the handle. we've all been trained by multi-blade razors to apply pressure for a close shave - but the exact opposite is true for the Single Edge. Allow the weight of the razor and the sharp blade do the work for you! Just sweep away the hair with the razor - don't scrape it away.

If you find that you're not getting a close enough shave, pressing will only make things worse. Visit  this help article for tips on getting a closer shave.

Not preparing your face properly

It's hard for most guys to believe, but preparing your face for shaving is just as important to a good shave as the actual act of shaving. Here's a quick breakdown of how to properly prep your face for shaving:

  1. For best results, shave after a hot shower. If this isn't possible, soak your face in hot water (or better yet, a hot towel) for a minute or two. This softens your beard and prepares it for shaving. 
  2. Lather with a high-quality shaving cream made from natural ingredients. Canned shaving gel or foam contains propellants, alcohols, and harsh synthetic chemicals that dry out your skin and do not protect it adequately.
  3. When lathering, make sure your shaving cream is a thick, fluffy marshmallow-cream consistency. Too thin, and you aren't protecting your skin properly.

Bad prep (or worse, no prep!) will lead to irritation and nicks

Shaving the same spot multiple times

Getting an ultra-close shave with a single blade requires using a multiple "pass" approach. This means that you shave once with-the-grain and once again against-the-grain, making sure to re-lather between passes. 

After you finish one pass, you should never continue to shave the same spot on your face without shaving cream. If you find that you're shaving the same spot multiple times to get a closer shave, stop and re-lather to protect your face. 

Using the wrong angle while shaving

The correct angle to hold the razor is about 10-15 degrees rotated from your skin. But even if you're not good at math, it's dead simple to find this angle with The Single Edge. Just do the following:

  1. Place the head of the razor flat against your cheek.
  2. Take a few short, light downward strokes. 
  3. As you take these strokes, begin slowly rotating the handle downward until you find that the razor begins to cut hair. 
  4. You found it!

Once you find the sweet spot, make sure to maintain this angle of the razor around the curves and contours of your face. It will take a few shaves to train your muscle memory, but it will become second nature in no time.

Shaving with a damaged blade

When inserting a blade into the Single Edge, it's possible to accidentally damage the cutting edge. If this happens, you should insert a new blade immediately, and discard the old blade. See this article for more about inserting your blade.

Shaving with a dull blade

Our blades last up to 10 shaves, but if you feel any irritation or tugging, don't push it! Change out your blade for a smoother shave.

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