08-08-2021, 05:55 AM
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  • David
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  • Toronto
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I had a terrible shave this morning.

I used my finest soap, a new blade, my just-cleaned razor. And...the shave was awful That hasn't happened in a really long time.

I couldn't figure it out. What did I do wrong?

Then it hit me. I forgot to shower first. I always shower first. I hadn't washed my face, and it was oily. My goodness, as we all know, prep is very important. I hadn't realized how important until this morning. It is absolutely essential.

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 08-08-2021, 06:21 AM
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  • chazt
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David, it just goes to show you that when you find something that works, stick with it.

I went many years showering, then shaving. Then one day I figured being that I face lather for a long time anyway, why not switch the order? I think my shaves improved doing it that way.

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 08-08-2021, 06:55 AM
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  • Garb
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My routine as well. Face lather then shower works just fine and the clean up much easier, but I get that some do it after showering.

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 08-08-2021, 09:43 AM
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  • Bax
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I've tried a bunch of different pre-shave products over the past year (pre-shave oils and such); none of them seem to work very well. I wrap a hot, wet washcloth over my mouth and chin to warm up my face before shaving. When the hot washcloth starts to cool down a bit, I take it off and splash hot water on my face, then lather up. It makes no difference whether I shower before I shave or after. I guess different stuff works better for some folks, depending upon skin type.
- Bax

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 08-08-2021, 10:04 AM
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If I don’t shower before a shave, I’ll thoroughly wash my face and immediately go into a face lather.

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 08-08-2021, 10:23 AM
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  • bullgoose
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(08-08-2021, 06:21 AM)chazt Wrote: David, it just goes to show you that when you find something that works, stick with it.

I went many years showering, then shaving. Then one day I figured being that I face lather for a long time anyway, why not switch the order? I think my shaves improved doing it that way.

I'm like you Charlie. I face lather and shave prior to showering. Not only did my shave improve, I don't have any lather residue in my ears when I'm finished.  Biggrin

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 08-08-2021, 10:33 AM
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  • Wolf
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(08-08-2021, 10:23 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-08-2021, 06:21 AM)chazt Wrote: David, it just goes to show you that when you find something that works, stick with it.

I went many years showering, then shaving. Then one day I figured being that I face lather for a long time anyway, why not switch the order? I think my shaves improved doing it that way.

I'm like you Charlie. I face lather and shave prior to showering. Not only did my shave improve, I don't have any lather residue in my ears when I'm finished.  Biggrin

Phil, It's better for me that way too.

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 08-08-2021, 11:29 AM
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(08-08-2021, 10:33 AM)Wolf Wrote:
(08-08-2021, 10:23 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-08-2021, 06:21 AM)chazt Wrote: David, it just goes to show you that when you find something that works, stick with it.

I went many years showering, then shaving. Then one day I figured being that I face lather for a long time anyway, why not switch the order? I think my shaves improved doing it that way.

I'm like you Charlie. I face lather and shave prior to showering. Not only did my shave improve, I don't have any lather residue in my ears when I'm finished.  Biggrin

Phil, It's better for me that way too.

I'm with you guys. I always shave prior. I tried showering first, but didn't see any added benefit to my shave. I also like to shave, shower, than do my post shave routine after I've washed my face again.

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 08-08-2021, 12:46 PM
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  • chazt
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(08-08-2021, 10:23 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(08-08-2021, 06:21 AM)chazt Wrote: David, it just goes to show you that when you find something that works, stick with it.

I went many years showering, then shaving. Then one day I figured being that I face lather for a long time anyway, why not switch the order? I think my shaves improved doing it that way.

I'm like you Charlie. I face lather and shave prior to showering. Not only did my shave improve, I don't have any lather residue in my ears when I'm finished.  Biggrin

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 08-09-2021, 06:17 PM
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I have tried shaving before and after a shower, and prefer before.  I do a prep consisting of splashing my face several times with hot water, followed by face lathering for a long time.

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 08-09-2021, 06:38 PM
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  • MaxP
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LOL. In my case such things are usually the result of a flareup in CRS syndrome (age-related)

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 08-11-2021, 06:36 AM
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Wow!
It would never have occurred to me to shave before showering.
Just seems against the rules.
I’ll give that a try!
Great post.

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