In our last blog post, we already introduced you to the numerous benefits of shaving soaps: Especially when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection, clear shaving soaps have a clear advantage over conventional shaving foam from a can. But also with regard to the shave itself, shaving soaps can score: Their foam is much more stable, opens the pores and sets up the hair more. This makes the shave with shaving soaps particularly thorough and long-lasting.
By now you have acquired a taste for shaving soap and want to discover it as an environmentally and skin-friendly alternative? With our 5 tips around the correct shaving with shaving soap succeeds you the change guaranteed.
Tip 1: The right shaving brush makes all the difference
The most important tool when shaving with shaving soap is the Shaving brush. You need it to make the shaving foam from the shaving soap and some water. The typical characteristics of a good shaving brush are:
- Short handle
- Fits well in the hand
- Firmly bound bristles
- Fan outwards
Traditionally, shaving brushes are made of badger hair and most brushes are still made with animal hair. However, for animal welfare reasons, we have decided to produce our brushes with high quality synthetic hair. Because plucking badger hair is unfortunately often accompanied by animal cruelty.
Whether you prefer a rather soft or somewhat harder shaving brush is a matter of taste. In principle, the softer the bristles are, the better they foam. Harder brushes, on the other hand, have an additional massage effect.
Tip 2: The perfect technique for a long-lasting shaving foam
The production of shaving foam using shaving soap and shaving brush requires some practice. So you do not have to worry if you are still unsure about it at the beginning. The exact technique varies depending on the user: some beat the shaving foam while others tamp or stir. It is best to use all these movements and observe how the resulting foam changes as a result. This will give you a feel for the dynamics and allow you to target the consistency of the shaving foam over time.
Overall, the more time you take when mixing the shaving foam, the firmer and longer lasting it will be. Pay attention, not too much water to use. The foam should finally adhere well to the skin for shaving and not flow away. Although a lot of air makes a lot of foam from little soap. This is then, however, less stable and falls apart quickly. The perfect shaving foam should therefore have rather small air bubbles and an overall structure as homogeneous as possible.
Tip 3: In the rest lies the strength
The more time you take for a wet shave, the more thorough and skin-friendly the result will be. Especially beard hairs are very firm when dry. Here the razor must really fight to get through. Thorough soaking of the hairs makes them softer. The blades will then glide much more gently over the skin, resulting in less irritation.
With rather softer hair, such as on the legs, the soaking time can be less.
A slow shave, for which you really take your time, can also be a wonderfully decelerated ritual in everyday life.
- Cleanse the skin before shaving to remove bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt particles! These can then later not clog the razor. The best way to do this is to use a scrub. But do not apply this more often than 1-2 times a week.
- Moisten the area to be shaved afterwards still extra with warm water. So this can soak while you make the shaving foam with the shaving soap.
- Leave the shaving foam to work for a while after application. Since shaving foam from shaving soap is particularly stable, you do not need to hurry. Instead, give it time to develop its full effect!
Tip 4: Where is the best place to prepare the shaving foam??
Where you whip the shaving soap into a lather is up to you. You can whip Klar’s shaving soaps directly in the can. If this is too small for you, you can also put some shaving soap in a separate shaving bowl and whip it there.
It is important that this is clean and dry. Otherwise the probability of skin irritation increases. Some also prefer to whip the shaving soap directly on the skin. Here the massage effect of the shaving brush comes into excellent use. However, beating on the skin is more strenuous and less effective than in a bowl. It can also irritate sensitive skin.
If you decide to whip up the Klar shaving soap in the accompanying tin, you do not need an additional container. After shaving, it is best to leave the soap open to dry for a few hours and then close it again. So neither dust nor other dirt particles can contaminate the soap. You do not need to rinse off the residues of the mixed shaving foam. This can be whipped up again with the next shave.
Tip 5: Shaving soap and aftershave – a dream couple
To balance the skin, you can apply an aftershave product after shaving.
As with shaving soaps, you will also find a wide range of different formulas for different skin types and their needs. The clear aftershave classic has a cooling and disinfecting effect. It effectively prevents razor burn. Very sensitive skin reacts to the alcohol contained but sometimes with irritation. Then it is best to use a somewhat milder product completely without alcohol and fragrances.