After your shower? When you first get up? Or maybe just before you hit the sack for forty winks?
For today’s man, the time of day we shave can be very closely tied to how much time we have. For you, mornings might be a logistical nightmare. Trying to organise the kids whilst jamming a piece of toast into your mouth might not be the best time to consider your daily shave. Conversely, after a tough day at work and getting ready for bed, maybe the thought of lathering up is too much of a hassle.
So, when is the best time to shave? Let’s dig a little further and look at the never-ending process that as men, is our cross to bear.
What makes a good shave?
Contrary to what you might think, you can complete your daily ritual in almost no time. Drag the razor quickly over your face, rinse off & you are done. There is a trade off however. By trying to shave quickly and with careless abandon, you will at best, achieve a mediocre result.
By allowing yourself a little more preparation & post shave time, you can turn an average shave into an enjoyable experience. Those few extra minutes might even save you an extra pass. Or even better, (depending on your hair growth & thickness) being able to go an extra day without needing your blade.
Let’s have a look at a few things that will contribute to you having a great shave:
Speaking from my own experience, I say to all of you blokes out there who are just venturing into wet shaving. I don’t care whether you shave mornings, evenings or after your shower! If you try to “save time” by skipping or diluting your pre shave preparation, you get what you deserve.
For more times than I care to remember, I tried to “hurry things up” by trying some short cuts. And in nearly all cases, it made my shave less comfortable. Simply because my face and whiskers were not prepared enough for the onslaught of my razor.
Quality Shaving Soap or Cream
If like me, you are one of the thousands of men that had been sucked into the hype about the latest & greatest shaving foam or gel, grab that chemical-laden aerosol can and toss it in the garbage. I talk at length about the many benefits of good quality shaving soaps & creams in one of my previous blogs.
I can’t stress enough, that depending on the product you apply to your face for lubrication, the comfort and results of your shave will be as different as night & day. Trust me! Do yourself a favour and invest in a good shaving soap or cream. It will make all the difference.
Use A Brush
I rarely saw my Dad use a shaving brush, so why did I need one! For many years, I squirted some gel into my palm, quickly rubbed it into my face and began shaving. I didn’t realise there was a better way. And when I discovered the lathering, exfoliating & hair lifting properties of the humble shaving brush, I never looked back. And neither will you.
Without plunging into too much detail, there are a few differences in brushes. Badger, boar and synthetic shaving brushes all have their pros & cons. If you don’t already own one, with a little research, you’ll find a shaving brush that ticks all the boxes to suit your needs.
Good Quality Razor
You can grab yourself the nearest disposable razor from your supermarket shelf and still shave. However, there’s a very good chance it be an unpleasant experience with less than satisfactory results. If you want a nice comfortable shave time & time again, a good safety razor is a definite must. If you are brand new to wet shaving and don’t know much about safety razors, click on the link below for more info.
There are hundreds of well built and highly recommended safety razors available, however some are better suited to beginners than others.
The sub-heading is fairly self explanatory. The sharper the blade, the better it will mow through your stubble. In the world of classic shaving, there are dozens double-edge blades available. Let’s not forget that they are so cheap nowadays, that you really don’t need to try and extend their life. In all honestly, after 3 to five shaves, chuck it out and replace it.
Good Post-Shave Routine
An effective post shave routine doesn’t need to be time consuming or expensive. You will quickly discover that if you take care your face after shaving, it will stay refreshed, hydrated & moisturised throughout the day, or night as the case may be.
When is the best time to shave?
There are plenty of occasions when you might want to shave outside of, or in addition to your regular shaving routine. These are instances where you might find yourself lathering up at a time of day that’s foreign to you. Some of these occasions might be:
- Formal Functions
- Special Occasions
- Job Interview
- Hot Date
Most of us still work at conventional times of day. This however doesn’t apply to everyone. In fact many more men are working from home these days. Not to mention the millions that are shift workers. This means the motives for shaving regularly at a particular time of day will vary from man to man.
With that caveat in place, there are traditionally three distinct times or activities that will prompt men to pick up their razor and start attacking their stubble. And there is an excellent reason for this. These are the times that the majority of us find the most convenient.
- The Morning Shave
- The Evening Shave
- The Pre or Post Shower Shave
The Morning Shave
For those of us that begin our day with the rising of the sun, shaving in the morning is wonderfully convenient. Hey, if you’re already in the bathroom dousing your face to wake yourself up, why not go the extra mile and remove your growth while your there. Now because I shave with cold water, I find this particularly invigorating to wake up to.
For those hard working shift workers getting ready to enter slumber land after a tough night. Enjoying a relaxing, meditative shave might be just the ticket to help you nod off into dream time.
The Evening Shave
I for one am a morning person and like to get as much done as I can. This includes shaving. But many blokes just can’t face the thought of that in the morning, preferring to use a less hurried, less stressful time of day. They use their shaving experience to relax and wind down before hitting the pillow.
If you work at night and find yourself just waking up after a relaxing sleep, now is the time to treat your face to a refreshing wake up call. Maybe some citrus or menthol based shaving soap to help your skin come alive in preparation for your new day.
The Pre/Post Shower Shave
Day or night, summer or winter, hot or cold. No matter the time or season, a lot of gents love shaving just before or after their shower. One of the biggest advantages to shaving at this is without a doubt convenience. To save even more time, some blokes will shave in the shower. Now that’s not my cup of tea, but as the saying goes, “to each their own.”
Another pleasant benefit of shaving just after your shower, is the reduction in preparation time. If you dedicate some time in the shower to getting your visage supple and clean, you will save yourself some valuable minutes. Particularly if you’re in hurry to get somewhere.
Shaving Blessings & Curses
Another reason you might choose a particular time of day to shave are the benefits. Or in some cases, the possibility of a not-so-pleasant outcome from your shave. Nine times out of ten, you’re going to have a sensational and faultless experience. There will be other times that despite your best efforts, things don’t always go to plan.
When you consider the time of day you want to shave, you really need to take into account all of the possible outcomes of your shaving experience. If you are still new to wet shaving, you might be prone to getting one or two bleeders when you shave. This is fine if you’ve finished work for the day & ready to hit the sack. It’s not so good if your face looks like you walked into a fan blade, and you have to prepare for the job interview you have in an hour.
Shaving Before Work
Depending on your process and the products involved, shaving can wake you up extremely quickly. It can be a wonderfully refreshing start to your day, leaving you with an extra spring in your step. (A good strong espresso won’t hurt either) 😉
There is no other feeling like it. You run your fingers over your freshly shaven face, only to find silky, baby smooth skin.
After shaving, your face is left feeling clean, hydrated & moisturised.
Relax After Work
As I said earlier, I’m a self confessed morning person. With my shaving completed before work, I get the opportunity to relax and spend time with my family.
We’ve all had them. They are just part & parcel of traditional shaving. As I mentioned earlier, if you find yourself getting difficult-to-control bleeders frequently, shaving at the end of your day will be a better option.
There are many ways to control shaving rash. Some of which I’ve discussed in my other posts, such as the benefits of using an Alum Block. If you suffer from severe shaving rash and you shave before you head off to work, you might irritate your condition throughout the day. Particularly if you wear a collar and tie.
This again would be a perfect example of the advantage of shaving after work. Doing so will give your skin a chance to settle down while you sleep.
Due to the often hectic nature of trying quickly to get ready for work, if not properly managed, you might find yourself being beaten by the clock. As a consequence your shave will be rushed, below par and most of all, not very pleasurable.
Shaving After Work
As with shaving before work, the fragrances & properties of your soaps, creams and aftershaves will have soothing, zen-like benefits. Your classic shaving ritual can help melt away some of the tension and stress that might have crept its way into your day.
Shaving after work gives irritated & cut skin, a chance to settle down without onlookers. Together with some decent post shave products, much needed sleep will help you face transform back to its former glory.
Take Your Time
There is absolutely no reason for you to go hell for leather. Relax, take your time and enjoy the process.
Although your hair will have little growth whilst you’re snoozing, you won’t have that cleanly shaved look. If you want smooth, stubble free skin at work, shaving after you wake up is the way to go.
There is no right or wrong time to shave. At the end of the day (or night), your needs, wants and lifestyle will dictate the best time lather up.
You may need to be clean shaven for work! You may be a morning person! You may enjoy a relaxing shave before bed! You may love saving time by shaving after your shower! Men, it really doesn’t matter. As long as your face is prepared well, you take your time, and you have good tools & products at your disposal. With practice, you’ll always have a great shave.
I enjoy shaving in the morning, but when do you like to shave? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Time to get your shave on! 😉