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    Default What is Your Shaving Routine?

    I was wondering if we could start a thread to see what routine we use? This way we can get an idea of different things to try that may be fun to see how it helps us in our daily prep / routine. Let us know your skin / beard type also.

    Here is what I do, as a note my routine has changed quite a bit after gathering the information on this forum and trying different things to see what works for me. I am hoping that this thread will give me some ideas, mainly ideas to help me get a better shave on those days when I am in a hurry.

    I have somewhat dry skin but not sensitive, medium density beard.

    Night before the shave -
    Hot Shower washing my face with an exfoliating facial soap.
    After drying off I apply a hydrating face cream. I make sure to do this with enough time that the cream absorbs into my skin before bed, this way it does not rub off on the pillow while I sleep.


    -Fill scuttle with hot water and start soaking the brush.
    -Strop razor
    -Splash hot water on face
    -Apply preshave oil. I will skip if in a hurry.
    -Start face lathering - 2 to 3 minutes
    -Soak a face towel in hot water and apply towel to face for 2 - 3 minutes. I do this with the lather still on my face. I will skip this if I am in a hurry, but that also means I only plan on a single pass wtg.

    -Lather up
    -Proceed with the shave (WTG) After this pass if I am in a rush I proceed to the post shave routine.
    -Rinse with hot water
    -Refresh hot water in scuttle
    -Apply a thin coat of lather
    -Soak the face towel and apply to face for 1 - 2 minutes
    -Lather up
    -Second pass (ATG/XTG)
    -Rinse with hot water checking with my hands to see if I need any touch ups
    -Lather and touch up as needed

    -Rinse hot water than cold water
    -Apply witch hazel or Alum Block
    -Apply aftershave splash
    -Apply balm

    If time permits I boil a tea pot of water to fill the scuttle (no boiling water on the brush) and for soaking the face towel.
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    I have a medium density beard.
    prep; strop 15 on linen, 20 on leather
    place brush in regular cold tap water for 30 seconds, then load brush.
    cold water splash then lather face.
    3 pass shave, with face lather after each pass.
    cold water rinse
    splash of AS and I'm out.
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    Pretty new to the wetshaving. But this is my routine atm, might change over time.

    But I always shave right after a hot shower.

    Starting with putting brush in a bowl with hot water.
    A few drops of water on the soap.
    Strop on leather.
    Shower and clean the face with a scrub and then a facesoap.
    After shower I start working up a lather in the bowl.
    Splashing some hot water on face before putting lather on face.
    3 pass shave (only with the grain so far, lather the face after each pass.
    Hot water rinse and then cold.
    Some AS splash and then a balm.
    Finnishing with a stropping on linnen and then leather.

    Think thats it!
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    Skin on the oily side and not overly sensitive. Beard of average density.

    Night before I strop my razor. 10 laps on Crox sprayed hanging felt strop, wipe razor, 40 laps on English linen and 80-100 laps on shell Cordovan leather.

    In the morning, usually 4 - 5 am.

    Fill sink with cold tap water, splash face with water, lather up and shave 1st pass WTG
    Splash face with water lather up for the 2nd pass XTG nose to ear
    Splash face with water lather up for the 3rd pass XTG ear to nose
    Splash face with water lather up for the 4th pass ATG

    Pause to rinse razor, wipe the blade and between the scales dry. Strop on linen, 10 laps, to dry edge and place razor open to dry for a few hours before storing the razor.

    Splash face with water and apply alum.
    Clean sponge used to wipe lather from razor, empty sink and rinse brush before putting it aside to dry. Wipe sink to eliminate scum build up.
    Splash face with cold tap water and pat dry before applying after shave. Done like turkey in < 1/2 hour

    My oily skin has always lead to pimples and such even into retirement. The past 5 years has seen the addition of alum into the routine which seems to have tamed the oiliness and pimples to the point where there is no problem anymore.

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    - take my razor out, strop it on leather.

    - take my brush, wet it, rub on beard; dab it in a tub of cream, continue to face lather

    - take razor (sometimes hand strop a little) and start shaving

    - I rarely re-lather and do all my shaving in one sitting, combining WTG, XTG and ATG strokes

    - pat face dry and/or shower afterwards (opposite to many I presume)

    - put on a balm

    - strop razor on canvas

    - store razor

    Shave every other day

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    I mix it up too much to post my "routine" because it changes. I have four or five different routines at home, and sometimes more if the mood strikes. Variety is the spice of life. Sometimes a hot towel, sometimes a shower. Sometimes pre-shave or oil, sometimes not. Sometimes soap, sometimes cream. Mostly a straight, but sometimes a DE. Sometimes a first pass with a Shavette and a clean-up with a DE.

    When I travel or hit the health club, it changes a bit more. I like to keep it interesting in my shaving world.

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    My typical routine is pretty minimal, except the stropping.
    Noxema preshave and soak my brush
    Strop 60ish linen, 100ish leather
    Shake the excess out of my brush and face lather
    1st pass against the grain
    Wet the brush again but not too much, I'm mostly just warming it up a little, face lather
    2nd pass is multidirectional some with the grain, some across
    Quick rinse.
    Balm or aftershave splash
    After shave stropping is 60/60
    I do this most evenings.
    I have a somewhat fast growing and dense beard with fine whiskers and very sensitive skin on my neck.
    To get the best shaves possible I generally rotate razors only once a week.
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    Strop, lather, shave...

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    My routine has been evolving the last several months but has found a new normal the last month or so.

    Oily, somewhat sensitive skin with a dense but relatively soft beard.
    • Bloom hard soaps (MWF) with warm water.
    • Hot shower and Noxema Sensitive facial wash
    • Dunk synthetic brush in cold water, remove excess and load
    • Splash face with cold water and face lather, circular strokes followed by painters' strokes
    • WTG
    • Rinse and re-lather
    • XTG
    • Rinse and re-lather
    • ATG
    • Hot water rinse of razor, drying pass on clean barber's towel and then roughly a dozen laps on wool felt before leaving razor out to dry completely
    • Cold water splash to rinse my face followed by a barber's towel to remove any remaining lather
    • Apply aftershave after completing the rest of my morning routine.

    I generally shave in the early hours of the morning so I will lap my razors either in the afternoon or before bed. The razor that was used that morning will get 50 laps on leather before being put aside and the incoming razor for the next day's shave will get 25-50 laps as prep.
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    Medium beard, normal skin.

    I've gotten into the habit of stropping my razor the night prior to my morning shave. Just seems sharper when I do it that way.
    30 on linen and 40-50 on leather.
    It stages some creme in a scuttle while it wets the face and brush, or if using soap, it wets the brush and sets that on top of the puck in the scuttle to bloom while it wets it's face.
    It whips up the lather and applies the lather to it's full beard area.
    It shaves the right side, adds more wet lather the left side and neck and then shaves the left side and neck. The left side and neck seem to get dry while shaving the right side.
    It washes the residue of the first pass from it's face and reapplies wet lather to the entire beard area.
    It shaves the right side, and then shaves the left side and neck. The second pass seems to go a bit quicker.
    It then cleans and dries the razor, washes the scuttle and brush and sets them aside to dry while it washes the residue of the second pass from the face.
    It applies a shave balm (Nivea) and rubs it into the shaved area of the skin.
    If there is a cut, it applies a styptic pencil until the bleeding stops. It then washes the area, reapplies balm, and then it rubs it in again.
    Then, I splash on some aftershave to suit my mood.

    I usually shave first thing in the morning, or right after I shower.

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