How to Use a Shaving Brush

Admit it—you like to occasionally pamper yourself, too.

Last year, men spent more than $4 billion on personal grooming products, and most of this money went to male skincare.

There’s nothing wrong with a little “mampering.” Every guy should embrace his inner George Clooney, and that starts with getting the perfect shave. There’s one often-overlooked way to accomplish this: a great shaving brush.  

Yes, we know you’ve been shaving since you hit puberty, but too many men still haven’t gotten the hang of using a shaving brush — if they’ve used one at all. We also know that beards are back in style, but you still need to keep them clean and tidy.

Regardless of the size, shape, hair grade or hair type, a good shaving brush is essential. They also make for a perfect gift for the well-groomed man. Every guy should be schooled in the art of using one. Here’s your step-by-step guide (you can thank us later):

Step # 1: First, apply pre-shave oil to soften your beard before you begin shaving. This lets the razor glide easily and cut the hairs without irritating your skin.

Step # 2 Next, soak your shaving brush with warm water and shake off any excess moisture. Put your shaving cream into a shave bowl and lather the cream by whipping the brush and cream in the bowl. (Tip: Use a premium product with all-natural ingredients with your shaving brush to get an even smoother shave).

Step # 3: Lather up! Using the brush, rub the shave cream onto your face in a circular motion. The more pressure and speed you apply, the richer the lather, which leads to to a smoother shave.

Step # 4: Start shaving. Take your time and always shave with the grain of your hair first. If necessary, shave against the grain to remove any stubble you’ve left behind. When you’re done, rinse your face with cold water and apply moisturizer.

Step # 5: Take care of your shaving brush. Rinse it with warm water after each use and dry it off before using it again.

Shaving brushes are a grooming must. The bristles of your brush soften the skin underneath your facial hair, giving you a clean, smooth shave. They also exfoliate your skin, get rid of ingrown hairs and reduce the chances you’ll cut yourself when shaving. Bottom line: You need one. Don’t shave without it.