Benefits of wet shaving

The Benefits of Wet Shaving

The Benefits of Wet Shaving

If you’re someone who loves a smooth, close shave, you might want to consider wet shaving. Wet shaving is an art that has been around for centuries, and for good reason. It provides a close, comfortable shave that helps prevent razor burn and irritation. In this article, we will delve into the world of wet shaving, discussing its benefits and techniques to help you get the perfect shave every time.

What is Wet Shaving?

Wet shaving is a traditional shaving method that involves the use of a shaving brush, shaving cream or soap, and a safety razor or straight edge razor. Firstly, the process begins by wetting the face with warm water to soften the facial hair. Secondly, a shaving brush is used to create a lather with the shaving cream or soap, which is then applied to the face. Finally, a safety razor (DE) or straight razor (SE) is then used to shave the facial hair. Unlike modern cartridge razors, these razors can take a while to master.

Authors Note: Annoyingly, this is something I have never managed to do but from speaking to Pure Shave customers who do use a DE or SE razor it is well worth persevering with.

The Benefits of Wet Shaving

  1. Close Shave: When you master the art you can get a really close shave with traditional wet shaving. Whether or not you get a closer shave using a DE or SE razor over a modern cartridge system is open for debate and one that is hotly contested on some forums. Therefore, I will leave this one down to personal preference! 
  2. Less Irritation: Due to there only being one blade in use wet shaving is gentler on the skin and reduces the risk of razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs.

For more information on ingrown hairs and razor bumps See our blog piece on How To Prevent Razor Bumps 

  1. More Economical: Wet shaving is more economical than when using cartridge razors. While the initial investment in a safety razor or straight razor may be higher, the blades are less expensive. There is also a bewildering choice of blades on the market. These blades have an impact on the end result of your shave, and again, personal preference, and research are key!

Check out our comprehensive guide on how to choose a razor in our Buyers Guide. The piece is packed full of information to help you make the right choice for your skin and budget.

  1. Environmentally Friendly: Wet shaving produces less waste than cartridge razors, making it an eco-friendly choice. That said, modern recycling is catching up with this issue and cartridges are starting to be recycled.

Techniques for Wet Shaving

  1. Prepare Your Skin: Begin by washing your face with warm water to soften the facial hair. Apply a pre-shave balm or oil to further soften the hair and protect the skin.

Did you know you can use Pure Shave Shaving Cream as a Pre Shave balm?

  1. Create a Lather: Use a shaving brush to create a lather with the shaving soap or cream. Apply the lather to your face, using circular motions to lift the hair away from the skin.

Check out our tips on How To Use A Shaving Brush 

  1. Shave: Hold the safety razor or straight razor at a 30-degree angle to your skin. Use short, light strokes to shave in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse the blade frequently to remove hair and lather. 

We have an excellent step by step guide to shaving your face if you are a beginner – How To Shave Your Face – A Beginners Guide 

  1. Rinse and Soothe: Rinse your face with cold water to close the pores and pat your face dry. Apply a soothing aftershave lotion or moisturiser to reduce irritation and moisturise the skin.

Pure Shave Moisturiser is ideal for daily use and has a non greasy formula 

Common Mistakes for Beginners


Applying too much pressure: One of the most common mistakes when starting wet shaving is to apply too much pressure with the razor. This can cause razor burn, cuts, and irritation. Always remember to let the weight of the razor do the work, and avoid pressing down too hard.

Not preparing the skin properly: Wet shaving requires some preparation of the skin to ensure a comfortable and close shave. Make sure to wash your face with warm water to soften the hair and open up the pores, and use a pre-shave balm or oil to lubricate the skin.

Shaving too fast: Guilty as charged!! I did learn this point early on when trying to use a DE razor. I would always shave too fast which would lead to slips, cut and nicks. So my advice is SLOW DOWN!! At least until you get used to using the DE or SE razor.

Shaving against the grain: Shaving against the grain may provide a closer shave, but it can also cause irritation and razor burn. Start by shaving with the grain, and only shave against the grain if your skin can handle it.

Not replacing blades often enough: Using a dull blade or not replacing your blade regularly can cause razor burn, cuts, and irritation. Make sure to replace your blade after a few uses, and use a sharp blade for a smoother shave.

Technique: Wet shaving requires proper technique to achieve a close, comfortable shave. Take the time to learn the proper angle to hold the razor, and use short, light strokes to shave. Use a shaving brush to apply the shaving cream, and make sure to rinse the razor after every stroke.

In conclusion

wet shaving is a time-honoured tradition that provides a closer, more comfortable shave. Its benefits include less irritation, a close shave, and an eco-friendly approach. By following these techniques, you can achieve the perfect shave every time.

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