08-09-2012, 07:52 PM
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I have been shaving with a brush, shave soap, and a DE razor now for 2 weeks. My bathroom sink hot water doesn't get that hot. But tonight I heated some after in a kettle and seemed to get a better shave. Should I countinue heating after in my coffee maker or kettle, and is it true I will get a better shave with hotter water?

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 08-09-2012, 07:58 PM
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  • Teiste
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Ill move your post to the General Section area.
Some people shave with warm water,other with hot water and others with cold water.I have tried the 3 and I prefer warm and cold water (I got better results) than with hot water.
There is only one way to find it out and its trying it.

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 08-09-2012, 08:25 PM
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Teiste speaks the truth. There are many factors that go into what one would consider a "good" shave, and those factors are vastly different from person to person. I've found the best way to see if something works better than another is to try that thing for several days (I usually use a week as a time frame for trying new things) to get used to it and really see if it does you good. Sorry if that's not the definitive answer you're looking for, but I think this is one of those YMMV ordeals.

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 08-09-2012, 08:39 PM
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I switched to cold water shaving for the summer and I don't notice any difference in the end result between very warm and cold water.

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 08-09-2012, 08:51 PM
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Another YMMV element to the shave.

I shaved with cold water enough to know that I never want to do it again.

In the winter I like the hot towel face prep, and I do it not so much for the shave but for myself. In the summer I use warm water and my shaves don't suffer.

So find what works for you. You have plenty of time. Experiment after you figure out what's going on with your shave. Don't change a lot of variables at once.

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 08-09-2012, 09:10 PM
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Welcome to the Nook!!

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 08-10-2012, 02:07 AM
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  • Dave
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Cold Water seems to work better for me on most everything than hot or lukewarm water.

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 08-10-2012, 11:24 AM
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If you experience frequent irritation or have sensitive skin, cold water would be worth a try.

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 08-10-2012, 12:25 PM
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This is something you definitely just need to test and find what works best for you. Personally, I like hot water. I'll often boil water in a kettle, then soak a washcloth in the hot water and press it to my face, even in the summer. Be careful, though, if you go that route. I've read that soaking a brush in extremely hot water can cause the bristles to become brittle. I usually just use water from the tap for that.

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 08-10-2012, 01:02 PM
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Try cold water. You may like it (I do), and it
simplifies matters for you.

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 08-10-2012, 01:25 PM
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  • slantman
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I really believe the softer the water the better. With that said I prefer warm to very warm water because it opens up the pores for a closer shave IMHO. But whatever works for you.

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 08-10-2012, 01:31 PM
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I think water temperature, like many other things shaving related, is YMMV.

After shaving with warm/hot water for years, I'm now strictly a cold or room temp shaver. I seem to get much less irritation.

Welcome to the Nook and happy shaves. Smile

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 08-10-2012, 03:39 PM
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(08-10-2012, 11:24 AM)CyanideMetal Wrote: If you experience frequent irritation or have sensitive skin, cold water would be worth a try.

+1 i have to agree with Randy, here. Good luck. You could try both methods to see which one best suits you.

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 08-10-2012, 04:54 PM
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I don't know where you live GKG, but l've found that in the dead of Summer, a nice cool shave cant be beat. Likewise, when there's snow on the ground and the wind is blowing, there is nothing like a nice warm scuttle.

Neather has anything to do with the quality of my shave

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 08-10-2012, 07:03 PM
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I also use a Hot Pot to get the water the right temperature by mixing with some cold. Not to improve my shave, but to conserve water which is expensive in my area.

I take about 50% very hot water in a mug and 50% room temperature water and it is at a level where my skin does well. I also use 50% distilled water and 50% filtered water to reduce the mineral content to improve my lather.

It is good to experiment to find out what works best for you.

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 08-11-2012, 06:31 AM
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(08-10-2012, 07:03 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: I also use 50% distilled water and 50% filtered water to reduce the mineral content to improve my lather.

It is good to experiment to find out what works best for you.

do you use a Pitcher filter system (like Brita)? how does your lather work if you only use the filtered water vs the mixture of distilled/filtered?

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 08-12-2012, 04:43 PM
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(08-11-2012, 06:31 AM)gijames Wrote:
(08-10-2012, 07:03 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: I also use 50% distilled water and 50% filtered water to reduce the mineral content to improve my lather.

It is good to experiment to find out what works best for you.

do you use a Pitcher filter system (like Brita)? how does your lather work if you only use the filtered water vs the mixture of distilled/filtered?

I use a PUR faucet system like the Brita. My lather works well in my filtered water but it does lather better with the mixed water. I even get better lather with pure distilled but not enough to make me want to use more. Another reason why I use the mix is to reduce the number of times I have to clean the Hot Pot with vinegar to clear the heating plate of calcium. I also have a CPAP machine that requires Distilled water so it is always kept in stock.

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 08-13-2012, 04:05 AM
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  • DLreno
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(08-09-2012, 08:39 PM)5Savages Wrote: I switched to cold water shaving for the summer and I don't notice any difference in the end result between very warm and cold water.
That is my experience as well. At the beginning my lathering skills were quite lacking, more than I realized at the time. Once I got that down, everything else improved rapidly, and water temp did not matter.

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 08-13-2012, 05:39 AM
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Cold water works best for me. Less irritation from shaving.

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 08-13-2012, 01:48 PM
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(08-13-2012, 05:39 AM)lindyhop66 Wrote: Cold water works best for me. Less irritation from shaving.

Yep, it's a medical fact.

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