Whether you want a rugged, manly look, or a sleek, clean-cut appearance, shaving is one of life’s necessities. To help you on your way to achieving the look you want, or to find out which razor is best for sensitive skin, Wilkinson Sword are on hand to answer your most commonly asked questions regarding male grooming techniques.
What effects does regular shaving have on men's skin?
- Regular shaving is a great way to remove dull, old excess skin cells for soft and smooth skin
- Shaving should not irritate the skin if you use the right shave care products, a razor that best suits your skin, and remember to change your blades regularly
- Our recommendation for men with sensitive skin would be the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 which features five blades, a gel reservoir and a flip trimmer – ideal for those who are looking for high performance, quality and skin care from their razor
How often should I shave?
- How often you need to shave varies from person to person depending on speed and texture of regrowth. It also depends on your tolerance for regrowth
- As an average, most men shave 2-3 time per week. However, to achieve that smooth, close shave, some men shave every day
What are your tips for achieving the perfect shave?
- Step 1: Let your skin wake up. Don’t shave first thing in the morning, have a shower first to let the puffiness caused by fluid collection overnight fade away
- Step 2: Exfoliate before you shave to get rid of dead skin and help prepare the skin for your shave
- Step 3: Wet your stubble with warm or hot water before shaving. It softens the hair allowing it to be cut more easily
- Step 4: Thoroughly massage shaving cream or gel into stubble before your shave. It not only helps soften the hair but helps protect against nasty razor rashes and burns and some formulas hydrate your skin. We recommend Wilkinson Sword Hydro Sensitive Shave Gel
- Step 5: Make sure your blades are sharp. Dull blades are the culprit for most shaving accidents. A new blade will help prevent dragging of the razor over your face which can cause skin irritation
- Step 6: Use gentle pressure against your beard and shave with the grain of the hair
- Step 7: Shave the most sensitive area of your face first – the neck and below the jawbone – then move up the face. For the closest shave, we recommend Wilkinson Sword Hydro 3 or Hydro 5
- Step 8: Rinse the blade in hot water when shaving and use slow short strokes. It’ll reduce drag that the razor may make to your skin
- Step 9: Apply oil free after shave moisturiser to soothe, protect and invigorate your skin. If you’re using after shave check the label for alcohol and be warned that this is the ingredient that makes your skin sting. Remember to be careful of mentholated shaving products, they may give you a nice cool sensation at first, but menthol, like alcohol, can be irritating to the skin
Disposable razors VS system razors - what are the benefits?
- Different people have different preferences with the type of razor they use. Disposable razors tend to be cheaper and more convenient as you throw them away after use – which makes them ideal for gym bags and holidays. One of our most popular disposable razors is the Wilkinson Sword Xtreme 3
- A system razor can give you a closer, smoother, more superior shave at a higher price point
- For precision shaving, we recommend the Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium Precision , the world’s first 3 in 1 wet razor with built in trimmer, edging blade and four super sharp titanium coated blades
What should men look for in a razor to ensure the best results and minimal skin damage?
- Choose a razor with multiple, high quality blades that pivot to the contours of your face to ensure a close shave without irritation and make sure you always shave with a sharp razor blade
- We recommend our Wilkinson Sword Hydro Power 5 , the only wet power razor with 3 levels of vibration so that you can customise your shave to suit your skin. The water activated gel hydrates throughout each shave to reduce irritation and give you ultimate shaving comfort
What causes shaving rash?
- Shaving rash is caused by irritation to the skin when shaving. Irritation can be caused by a number of factors including blunt razor blades, using alcohol based shave care products, failure to use shave preparation and even simply having a sensitive skin type
- To minimise the risk of shaving rash and skin irritation use a razor designed to care for your skin such as Wilkinson Sword Hydro, and our sensitive shaving gels or foams
Why do men need razors designed for men?
- Men and women’s shaving needs differ greatly which is why we have razors designed specifically to cater for men and for women separately
- Women’s razors are often cushioned with more and larger conditioning strips to enable women to shave greater surface areas such as their legs or bikini line
- Men’s razors may have edging blades to trim facial hair, including our Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium Precision, the world’s first 3 in 1 wet razor to shave, trim and edge
What are the current trends in male grooming?
- Wilkinson Sword commissioned research looking into men’s grooming habits. The report showed that whilst shaving is the essential masculine ritual, it is no longer simply about grooming. Men today shave to increase their confidence, success, sense of health and wellbeing
- The research showed that men are looking for a meaningful and genuine innovation
Is it fashionable to be clean shaven or bearded?
- Fashion changes regularly, but it is always ‘in’ to be clean shaven
- Research commissioned by Wilkinson Sword showed that men who shave regularly feel more confident, sexier and cooler
How can you keep facial hair looking neat?
- If you don’t favor the clean shaven look, you can still keep your facial hair in check with a few simple steps
- To keep your beard or moustache neat, try using an edging blade to sculpt and a trimmer to keep the length in check
- The Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium Precision is a 3-in-1 must-have razor that lets you trim, shave and edge, all in one tool
Why is it important for men to use shave care products?
- It is important to use shave care products as part of your routine to help minimise the risk of irritation
- Shaving foam or gel helps prepare the skin for shaving – it helps lift and soften the hairs, helping you get a closer and more comfortable shave
- An after shave balm helps rehydrate the skin and protects against post shave irritation
- Never apply alcohol based post shave products (i.e. after shave) straight after shaving as this can cause a stinging sensation to the skin, instead, the skin needs time to calm down
- Wilkinson Sword have a range of Hydro Pre Shave and Hydro Post Shave gels and moisturisers to help ensure your shave is as comfortable as possible
Do I need to use shave products from the same range?
- It is important you select the right shave care products for your skin but they do not need to be from the same range/brand
- However, if you are using a shave care system (shaving foam or gel, followed by a balm) from the same brand, the products may be designed to work in conjunction with each other, such as our Wilkinson Sword Hydro Pre Shave gels and Hydro Post Shave balm
Why do razors have multiple blades? What is the point?
- Having multiple touch points between your razor and the skin means that the pressure is more evenly distributed. This helps smooth out the skin which means less risk of irritation
- Wilkinson Sword Hydro comes with three or five blades with the additional benefit of skin guards on each blade to give you more touch points between the razor and the skin, ultimately providing a more comfortable shave
How do I clean my razor blades?
- Simply rinse under water only – do not clean with detergents or harsh cleaners
- If clogging occurs, never use any object to clean in between blades such as a toothbrush as this can damage the blade edges. Instead gently soak in warm water to help soften and remove excess debris
- Wilkinson Sword Hydro’s blades are the optimum distance apart for optimal wash through and to minimise the risk of clogging
How do I reduce the risk of blade clogging?
- Rinse the blades often during the shaving process. If the razor becomes clogged, gently shake the cartridge back and forth in warm water to loosen up the hairs until all hair is removed
- Rinsing through the front and back of the cartridge will also help remove debris
- Avoid tapping the head of the razor because this can cause damage to the cartridge and/or blades which can lead to an unsafe shaving experience
I don’t trust my blades – after a few hours I need to shave again
- It could be that you are not getting a close enough shave from your razor. Ensure you change your blades regularly to keep them sharp and make sure you use a shave prep that raises the hair and prepares for a close shave
- If you’re still finding you need to shave more than once a day it could be due to the rate of your hair regrowth or perhaps you need to upgrade the razor that you are using. If this is the case, we recommend trying the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 razors
How often should you change your blades?
- Blade life is affected by a lot of variables, these include (but are not limited to):
- Shaving preparation used
- Frequency of shaving
- Hair type, rate of growth and length
- Number of razor strokes per shave
- As an average we would recommend changing blades approximately every 5-7 shaves to get the optimum results from your razor
- You can improve the shave life of the blades by shaving often and using good lubrication and keeping the cartridge clean and dry between uses
What makes the Wilkinson Sword Hydro range different?
- Our research showed that men’s number one skincare complaint is irritation caused by shaving – with this in mind we wanted to create a male system razor that helps reduce irritation and cares for men’s skin whilst they shave
- Wilkinson Sword Hydro is an integrated shaving system that was developed following several years of research and development. This revolutionary shaving system includes a gel reservoir that hydrates throughout each shave, patented skin guards and a flip trimmer (Hydro 5 only) for a close, comfortable shave and reduced irritation
What is the difference between Hydro 3 and Hydro 5?
- Hydro 3 has three blades whereas the Hydro 5 has five blades and a flip trimmer feature. A simple flick of the thumb reveals an edging blade helping you reach those hard-to-get-to areas such as under the nose
What are the benefits of the Hydrating Gel Reservoir?
- The gel reservoir hydrates throughout each shave, providing a comfortable shave and helping reduce irritation
- It lasts up to twice as long as ordinary lubrication strips
- It offers hydration and an effortless glide as you shave
- The bottom guard-bar helps stretch skin and raise hair prior to blade contact for a close, smooth shave
How do you activate the gel reservoir?
- After applying your shave prep, simply wet your cartridge to activate the gel reservoir and shave as you normally do. Moisture expands the gel while drying will shrink it
- This is why it is important that after shaving, you keep the cartridge or gel reservoir away from water as this can expedite the depletion of the lubrication
Do I still need to use shaving cream, gel, lotion or soap when using a Hydro system?
- Yes. For enhanced skin comfort we recommend using a Hydro Shave Prep. There are 4 products in the range designed to suit different needs and skin types. These are:
- Hydro Moisturising Gel
- Hydro Sensitive Gel
- Hydro Sensitive Foam
- Hydro Deep Hydration Shave Cream
- This is an important step in shave preparation to raise and soften the hairs for a close, comfortable shave
- Using shave preps may help extend the blade life because there will be less friction during the shaving process and this can reduce the breakdown of the blade edge
Why do you need blade guards? What is the point?
- One of the ground breaking technologies associated with Wilkinson Sword Hydro is that the blades include skin guards which smooth out the skin during your shave
- The skin guards increase the touch points between the razor and the skin – this means pressure is more evenly distributed and the skin is smoothed out for less risk of irritation
Are there any reasons for the design differences between male and female razors?
- Generally the handles of men’s razors are ergonomically designed to shave facial areas whereas women’s razors handles are shaped to shave different body areas such as under arms and legs.