1. In a pinch, olive oil or hair conditioner make serviceable shaving agents—better than bar soap or body wash.
2. Wetness is the enemy of sharpness, so after rinsing your razor clean, make sure you hang it somewhere to dry completely. Add a few drops of an anticorrosive agent (like the HYD for Men Razor Shield), and you’ll add weeks to your blade’s life.
3. Get a vintage safety razor online or at a flea market and give it an overnight soak in one part water, one part white vinegar to clean it out. You’ll have a close shave every time—for mere pennies.
6. Post-shave, always douse your face with cold, not hot, water.
7. Avoid aftershaves with too much skin-drying alcohol. This now-outdated custom dates back to the days when barbers shaved entire towns with the same (potentially dirty) blade. Sometimes the best aftershave is your everyday moisturizer.
8. Hold that shave altogether. Apparently women—well, Aussies, at least—find men with “heavy stubble” (10 days’ growth), most attractive.