August 7, 2009

HARO: Help a Reader Out - A Marine's Question

marine shaveWe just received this email from a new reader, and thought that perhaps some of you might be able to help him out with suggestions and links to improve his shaving experience:

"I am a Marine and I am headed back to the Middle East for the rest of my year deployment. I am 25 in Sept. and having been in the Marines for 6 years and my face is not getting any younger. I have to shave everyday sometimes on the weekend I will take a half day off of work or sleep in a little and not shave but it doesn't seem to help. Well, even back home in the states I shave sun-fri and it is killing my neck and face. I started to use art of shaving products and have used the Merkur safety blade for 3 days now. I was using Fusion blades with a shaving cream and after shave balm for sensitive skin for years. The balm cream seemed to be helping my face a lot but still not 100% around the neck.

I am pale skinned, more oily I think than dry, sensitive especially around the neck area. I run or work out pretty much everyday so I sweat a lot also. I have a "shadow" within 8 hours and by 12 hours I have a beard started. Even when I don't shave it seems like my neck still get irritated. I am thinking about dropping the 200+ dollars for the Braun Pulsonic electric razor but not sure if it will help my situation.

The art of shaving people I talked with got my to try to Merkur razor and I just put in an order for more blades to see how it works. I would like to get the irritation down on the neck area and have a close good shave on my face. I enjoy the Merkur safety so far. It is hard to get used to but I think I am doing well.

Please any advice on techniques, products, etc. or tips you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I think I have read everything online that I can find now that I found this site. Shaving everyday for Marines tend to be a problem and I believe that what I will and have learned will help my fellow guys out."

What advice would you give to him? Leave some links to solid information and videos if you have them.

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Posted by Derek Markham at August 7, 2009 11:33 AM
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Check out my blog post below for shaving instructions. I have a feeling that you are shaving against the grain which causes shaving irritations.

Posted by: Diane at November 23, 2009 2:52 PM

Try using Kiehl's (soapless) shaving cream. You only need to dip your fingers in. the 8 ounce jar can last me months, it costs about $20-25. Much better than that crap in a can. Also, I use the Mach 3 razors. I have a contraption (that they don't manurfacture anymore) that keeps the blades in oil and they last longer. I have sensitive skin too and always seem to nick my face. I nick it much less with the Mach 3 and the (vibrating) Turbo razor. I use astringent. Kiehl's Blue is expensive, but doesn't burn. You can use something cheaper like SeaBreeze. I shave right out of the shower and keep my face almost dry with the Kiehl's. It has lanolin in it. (That's what they used to shave Michael Rosenbaum's head and used the astringent, for his role as Lex Luthor).

Posted by: Simon at August 10, 2009 4:08 PM

We know from an increasing number of service men (and women) using the Hair eRazor - 2 or 3 set, that this shaver is irritation free even on the most sensitive skin and under the extreme conditions encountered overseas.

This specially designed unisex shaver is for both facial and body shaving. The shaver is small lightwight but powerful Japanese motor, boasts universal voltage - no voltage converters required - an built-in two flat pin plug in the shaver base - so no adapter or cords or transformers to drag around or lose. It is all contained in the shaver itself. It has durable titanium blades and a special foil that does not cause skin irritation.

It has a two year guarantee and a 30 day return satisfaction guarantee or 45 days if purchased from outside the USA. It also has a 30% larger battery than other body shavers allowing for longer use and quicker charging.

We can give all active service members buying a shaver set a free trial size of Sinsation skin lube.

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Posted by: Ken at August 10, 2009 11:01 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. Unfortunately I just purchased a large set of art of shaving but I will give the Nancy boy products a go when this art of shaving runs out.

I am not sure what these feather blades are but I will look into it. I just purchased a variety pack of blades that I should be getting soon to test out other blades. I like the Merkur so far, but its the only one I have tried.

For the way of the grain, I think I understand that whole concept. My neck I have the grain going three different ways it seems like, towards the bottom. I have to be honest though with the DE blades I find shaving more fun and not a job anymore.

Posted by: Marine at August 10, 2009 10:37 AM

I have been converted to Nancy Boy products a few months back and I will not be going back. I have used the art of shaving stuff for a very long time and it pales in comparison. They are great products and have really helped my skin. I am very fair skinned and breakout easily with razor burn and bumps. I use their replenishing line which has cucumber extract in it and it helps a lot. I also use there preshave oil which makes it easier to shave and prevent iritation and their after shave balm which I notice helps prevent razor burn better then AOS sensitive skin after shave. I use feather blades, you might have heard how sharp they are and they are but it makes it easier to shave, just be careful. I use a heavy duty merkur, great stuff, and a pretty good brush but you don't need it with the nancy boy. Eric at nancy boy is a great guy and always willing to help. As a marine I doubt you'll care what it's called if it works and it does. The links below are the only two you really need for shaving products. The third link is for videos and a blog that shows how to properly wet shave. Amazing guy and very helpful. Light pressure, a few passes with the grain and a little clean up and that's it. Hope that helps and good luck with your shaving and your job. Thanks for all you do.

Posted by: John LoPresti at August 7, 2009 3:57 PM

Use witch hazel instead of aftershave. Check your pressure (light) and angle (30 deg). make sure to go wtg/xtg/atg- also confirm you know which way the grain is

Posted by: ryan at August 7, 2009 1:10 PM
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