12-18-2012, 12:49 PM
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  • DoubleB
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Since the weather is getting colder here I noticed my shaves are not what I'm used to. It's getting harder to obtain the DFS/BBS shave. Almost feels like my stubble is 'harder'.

My usual prep is a face wash with the Proraso glycerin soap. After that I face lather and shave. I do not use a pre-shave cream or a pre-shave oil, nor do I shower before I shave as I shower in the evening and shave in the morning.

Would it make sense that whiskers are harder because of weather influence? I'm really curious if any of you have noticed this and as a result change your prep during the colder days?

I have a tub of Proraso pre/aftershave and will apply that tomorrow to see if I can feel any difference.

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 12-18-2012, 12:56 PM
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Nope, my prep stays the same all year. It consists of washing my face with warm water and a bar of Cetaphil. I do the same as you, shave in the morning and shower at night.

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 12-18-2012, 12:58 PM
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  • Johnny
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I've been using the same prep for over 50 years. I also shower at night and shave in the morning.

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 12-18-2012, 01:03 PM
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My post shave routine changes in the colder weather, thicker balm certain days, etc.

Regarding the whiskers being "harder", I would disagree with this as I cold water shave these days and find the shave is closer and much more comfortable than using hot water.

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 12-18-2012, 01:13 PM
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  • DoubleB
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(12-18-2012, 01:03 PM)cessnabird Wrote: Regarding the whiskers being "harder", I would disagree with this as I cold water shave these days and find the shave is closer and much more comfortable than using hot water.

Hmm..that indeed is interesting as whiskers would probably soften less as with warm water

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 12-18-2012, 01:23 PM
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I too find it odd. Also, my face feels less "exfoliated" post shave when cold water shaving. Huh

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 12-18-2012, 01:25 PM
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Use soaps to shave with more than creams....don't know if there is a reason.

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 12-18-2012, 01:29 PM
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  • Attila
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I find myself using balm after the shave more so rather than just my usual Proraso aftershave splash. Since I shave at night and I always shower before, I haven't noticed any greater toughness of my beard. In general if I don't shower before shaving my beard definitely feels a lot tougher, even if I soak my beard with a wet towel or use proraso pre-shave. I find a shower before shaving a very valuable tool to get a more comfortable shave.

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 12-18-2012, 02:43 PM
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If your indoor humidity is falling as ours does in the winter it might make the hair shaft harder.

My prep changes not so much because of any shaving factor, but because the hot towel is just such a fantastic feeling for the face. Everything else about my shave remains the same, but since I have a kettle of water simmering on the back of the woodstove I use it to get my basin of water near or above 130°F. A towel soaked in that water, and some thin soap appied to the face combine for an "Ahhh" feel. I have no idea if it does anything for the shave, but it sure does a lot for the shaver, that'd be me. Biggrin When snow and ice is everywhere outside it's just an unbelieveably great animal feel to have the hot towel.

Post shave is more important to the shave for me though. I make sure to use a post shave treatment of a product with moisturizing qualities since our indoor air is so unbelieveably dry. You just can't imagine dry air of this magnitude and there's nothing reasonable that we can do for it. Hence, we treat the skin.

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 12-18-2012, 04:22 PM
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  • ben74
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Regardless of the season, my only prep is a hot shower.

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 12-18-2012, 04:30 PM
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  • tgutc
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Mine stays the same.

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 12-18-2012, 06:04 PM
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  • OldDog23
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some minor growth difference occurs in summer vs winter growth rate. it's metabolism being faster in warm weather/longer sunlight and slower in colder weather/less sunlight. scientific fact. mostly for me, the regimen changes to accomodate the change in skin moisture, not any minor change in rate of whisker growth. depends on how drying/moistureizing the particular soap or cream is. and a bit more balm in dry weather.

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 12-18-2012, 09:04 PM
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I've started using my scuttle more

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 12-19-2012, 01:16 PM
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  • matloffm
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I enjoy warmer lather when it's cold, otherwise prep is a hot shower and Proraso pre-shave.

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 12-20-2012, 12:20 PM
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  • DoubleB
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Over the past 2 days I've been changing my routine a bit.

- Yesterday I applied Proraso Pre-Post cream before my shave. While the feeling was nice I did not notice any difference, good or bad, in the shave.

- Today I did not apply pre-shave, but I rubbed and massaged my lather in my whiskers for about 1 minute. This did make some positive difference! I had the feeling the razor was gliding easier and the shave was closer.

Tomorrow will be my last 'test' day, although I'm not testing fair since I change my setup every day. I'll apply Geo. F. Trumper Skinfood before the shave tomorrow. I'll let you guys know!

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 12-20-2012, 06:39 PM
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My prep is always the same, hot shower and shave (night)
The only difference is I usually use a balm in addition to AS. The balm goes on my entire face and forehead.

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 12-21-2012, 06:20 AM
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  • EHV
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+1 for this.
Otherwise, the usual wash with one of three specific pre-shave soaps, (Mr. Glo, RazoRock,or Prairie Creations) and then a hot towel x2 and/or Trumper's Skin Food.

(12-18-2012, 01:25 PM)SteelTown Wrote: Use soaps to shave with more than creams....don't know if there is a reason.

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 12-26-2012, 07:22 AM
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  • njpaddy
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Prep stays the same, just a quick face wash with warm water and Neutrogena Facial Bar, but I switch my razor (and blade) from a Merkur 34G to a 40's style SuperSpeed. I find that the milder SS is better for my face in winter.

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