How to Pick the Shaving Regimen That’s Right for You

Every man has his own approach to shaving: For some it’s a cherished ritual, for others a simple necessity. Whatever your priorities, a close and comfortable shave comes down to your chosen regimen. Here are three sample lineups that won’t steer you wrong.

The Shower Shave

While a lightning-fast routine leaves little time for a shave, you don’t have to settle for a few frenzied scrapes. Look for multipurpose products with an emphasis on protection, so you can take the quick-and-dirty route without suffering the consequences.

Billy Jealousy Super Slick Shave Cream: Since you’re shaving without a mirror, skip the brush and lather in favor of a gel—this one uses silicone beads for an extra line of defense.

Harry’s Truman Razor: With five precision blades and a flexible neck, this razor was designed to minimize battle damage.

Imperial After Shave Balm & Face Moisturizer: While many men layer an aftershave and moisturizer, this time-saving formula does the work for you.

The Balanced Routine

If you can spare 10 minutes for a proper shave (and want to enjoy the process), this is the lineup for you. Shave oil is an easy way to minimize irritation, while a hand-applied cream and hydrating postshave provide a luxurious experience—without adding complication.

Mr. Natty Shave Oil: On top of its ability to soften tough scruff, this lubricating blend can be used on its own if you just need a few quick touch-ups.

V76 by Vaughn Clean Shave Hydrating Gel Cream: A gel-to-cream formula is the easiest way to lather up without a brush. This one features Vitamin E beads for an extra dose of nourishment.

C.O. Bigelow Basic Razor: We’ve got nothing against a classic Mach 3, but if you’d like a razor with a little more style, a replacement handle should do it.

Blind Barber Aftershave Soother: A good modern aftershave should be more than an alcohol splash. Aloe and glycerin moisturize skin, while natural oils and extracts tackle redness, irritation, and razor burn.

The Sunday Morning Ritual

If you consider shaving an art form—and you have the time to spare—we recommend springing for a full-service regimen. From preshave prep to postshave comfort, this lineup pulls no punches, and it shouldn’t take long for you to grow attached.

Anthony Pre-Shave Oil: This rich, conditioning oil will soften up scruff while maximizing razor glide. Layer it under your shave cream for a truly superior cut.

PRORASO Shaving Cream: If you’re going for a heritage shave, go with a heritage shave cream: PRORASO has been a barbershop staple since 1930. Apply it with a badger hair brush for the ultimate old-school experience.

Baxter of California Safety Razor: Though it takes a bit of practice, nothing shaves closer (or looks better on your sink ledge) than a classic safety razor.

Ursa Major 4-in-1 Face Tonic: Toner is an easy way to minimize ingrown hairs. Just use a well-soaked cotton pad to wipe away excess hairs and shave cream.

Blackbird Aftershave: Made with peppermint oil, aloe, and soothing willowbark extract, this liquid formula pairs modern ingredients with the nostalgic experience of a pat-down.

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