There’s no one product or set up that can be described as the best shaving kit for men, because so much of it will come down to personal preference - and that’s totally fine. But if you’re wondering where to start, look no further: we’ll take you through the tools you need every step of the way.
"In terms of efficiency, soap and safety razors will be more durable, sustainable and cost-effective in the long run."
Pre-Shave: As we all know, the steam of a shower (or a hot towel laid over your skin) opens up your pores, allowing for a closer shave. However, there are two products that are essential for an even smoother experience: scrubs and oils. A facial scrub will exfoliate your skin, removing dead cells and softening the skin in the process. Then, a facial oil will keep your skin shielded from razor burn whilst moisturising your skin, whilst a drop of blade oil will protect your skin from nicks and cuts.
Shaving: No matter what you’re shaving, the task boils down to a razor and a lather. Electric razors reduce the likelihood of nicks and cuts, but won’t provide the close shave of a hand-held one. Safety razors take a little while to wield confidently, but there’s a wide choice of both razors and blades on the market, and whilst that can be overwhelming, the advantage is being able to customise a product that’s tailored to your needs. Whichever you choose, pair it with a soap, cream, or gel (applied with a shaving brush) for a shave that glides over the skin. In terms of efficiency, soap and safety razors will be more durable, sustainable and cost-effective in the long run than disposable razors and canned foam. Once you’ve finished shaving, close the pores by splashing cold water on your skin (or ice cubes if your skin is particularly sensitive).Post-Shave: Every shaving set for men should also include a styptic pencil or bar for treating nicks and cuts - it’s a better solution than having tiny pieces of toilet paper stuck to you! A pencil does wonders for spot treatment, whereas a bar will look after larger areas. Then, apply an aftershave, balm or lotion - look for a product with vitamins C or E for additional protection, like the beard mask from Charles & Lee. This step is essential for hydrating skin and preventing redness, bumps and ingrown hairs. Finally, if you’re wet shaving, remember to dry your razor and brush. Invest in a shaving stand to hang them, so they both dry properly and your counters stay clean.