Step 1: Pre-Shave Preparation
The most important step to improve the quality of your shave is to soften your beard, and make your skin more flexible. If you skin is flexible, then you will reduce the amount of nicks and cuts that can happen during the shaving process.
to do this, apply a lot of heat and moisture to your face first. The easiest way to do this is to have a shower before you shave. After your skin is sufficiently moistened, apply OM 3 in 1 Shave Balm. Massage this into your beard until it is completely absorbed.
It is important to use a pre-shave that does not contain any toxic ingredients like sulfates or dimethicones. These can enter you blood stream and cause problems with your internal system.
Step 2: Use a Quality Shaving Cream
Make sure that your brush is very wet. Shave off the excess, then dip the tips of the brush into a high-quality shaving cream, such as OM Lye-Free Shaving Cream. (Note: It’s always best to use products that are free of lye, because of lye’s basic nature is very harmful to skin. This is why our shaving cream is lye-free.)
Begin lathering the soap directly to your beard. At first, it may seem like nothing is happening; this is due to the abscence of lye. Don’t worry, it’s doing the job. Just add more water to your brush, and continue lathering. Do this until you have developed a creamy, dense lather.
Once that’s all done you’re ready to shave.
Step 3: Shave Away!
The hard work is done. Now, enjoy the feeling of shaving without irritation or nicks. Remember when you are shaving to shave with the grain, so check the direction of your beard grain. This means that along your neck you may have to shave upwards, so keep that in mind.
Again, the benefits of using our OM Lye-Free Shaving Cream will make the shaving experience all the better. That’s because it is made with Willowherb. The Native South Americans used Willowherb to treat acne and irritated skin. As a shaving agent, it’s anti-inflammatory properties are nearly insurpassable.
In other words, nicks should disappear, and you should get a very close shave.
Step 4: Rinse and Hydrate
Now that you are done, your skin should feel…well, it should feel like your skin. But smoother.
Rinse your face with cool water. This will seal your skin. Note how your skin feels. Because of its natural qualities, the OM Way to shave leaves your natural facial oils intact. Your face should feel soft, smooth and hydrated.
Dry yourself down with a clean white towel, and apply OM 3 in 1 Shave Balm one more time or use our OM After Shave Splash — either one will work as an ideal post-shave product. This will add a thin layer of hydrating coolant and prevent breakouts.
Finally, remember not to touch your skin too much. This can activate the sebaceous glands causing excessive oiliness.
BONUS TIP: How to Shave Your Face Like a Man The OM Way…The Travel Edition
That’s right — you can shave like a man the OM Way even when you’re on the road.
Just pick up our travel-szed shave balm or the OM Shaving Jelly as substitutes for the larger items mentioned above so you can keep your skin looking and feeling good whether at home or abroad. You can even pick up our OM Travel Brush so that you can have a high-quality brush wherever your travels take you.