If shaving was once considered a real care by our ancestors, which the distinguished man willingly granted himself, today it is experienced as a morning chore to be avoided. However, with the bearded man's trend gradually coming back into fashion, traditional shaving is also gaining ground, and for good reason: it has many more advantages than modern traditional shaving. In this article, find out why traditional shaving still deserves to be adopted!
What is traditional shaving?
Traditional shaving is an old-fashioned sh aving technique that is done with a safety razor or a razor blade, using a badger brush and beard soap. This method is also known as classic shaving. Traditional shaving dates back more than seven thousand years. Still used by our grandfathers, it has many advantages. But rest assured, you don't have to be an expert to marry traditional shaving, it takes no time at all!
What are the advantages of using a traditional razor?
A gentle method that respects your skin
Current shaving techniques often cause skin irritation, especially for men with sensitive or fragile skin. We also talk about the famous "razor burn" which is a problem for many of you.
Traditional shaving is much less aggressive for your skin, and this is because you don't have to run the blade over the hair several times - once or twice is usually enough to get a good shave. Indeed, the blades of the traditional razor are capable of shaving very close.
In short, traditional razor blades can only be used with beard soap, and minimize the undesirable effects of repeated shaving: itching, small pimples, micro cuts, irritation and redness.
An ecological method
The good news is that traditional shaving is also more environmentally friendly than the modern method. This is because the use of a safety razor only produces metal blades as waste. In addition, a traditional razor does not throw away as quickly as a modern razor, which is made of plastic and cannot be recycled.
Only the blades need to be changed, and a traditional razor can last you a lifetime. It could even be given to your children and grandchildren! Finally, traditional shaving is often accompanied by quality natural products, preserved in reusable jars or boxes.
An economical method
Of course, traditional shaving requires an upfront investment. You need a good razor as well as quality accessories (which are often more affordable and easier to maintain).
However, replacing the blades of your safety razor or shave is much less expensive than disposable or electric razors, which have limited life spans.
To give you a concrete example, multi-blade razor heads cost between 2.50 and 4.50 per unit, while a safety razor blade costs 0.60 cents. As you can see, in the long run, traditional shaving is far more cost-effective than modern shaving. The same goes for shaving soap, this product can last you several months.
Traditional shaving allows you to get a more precise cut of your beard and moustache. Indeed, the safety razor or cabbage cutter allows you to shave very close. And what better way to ensure that your skin feels smooth and healthy after shaving? With a traditional razor, a shaving brush and a quality shaving soap, you'll have that feeling of freshness and well-being guaranteed!
A personal satisfaction to be shaved in the old school way.
Shaving like your ancestors, using razors, accessories and gestures from a long tradition gives you a certain personal satisfaction. This feeling goes so far as to increase your self-confidence, self-confidence and sex appeal. Yes, women love men who shave the old-fashioned way!
The blades of the safety razor and cabbage cutter are much cleaner than those of a modern razor. When you buy a traditional razor, you tend to pay more attention to it and clean the blades more regularly than a modern razor. As a result, bacteria are less likely to be present, offering a better chance of healthy, smooth skin after shaving.
Once you've mastered the traditional shaving gesture, you'll quickly become an expert and that can save you a lot of time. Are you a man in a hurry? Don't worry: with a badger brush and a quality soap, you'll quickly get a good lather.
So, remember, with a traditional razor, only one pass is needed. However, don't rush when you start. Finally, with a traditional shave, you'll regain the pleasure of shaving in the morning, in complete safety.
With which accessories can I access traditional shaving?
We can never tell you enough, but to achieve a perfect shave, it is necessary to choose good accessories. Here are the beard accessories indispensable for a good traditional shave. As for traditional shavers, it's up to you to choose your favorite accessory between the cabbage cutter, the safety razor and the shave!
The Cabbage Razor
The use of the cabbage cutter is the oldest method of shaving. Still called a straight razor or saber, this accessory is distinguished by a fixed blade that can be folded back, and is made of wood, mother-of-pearl, steel, horn or plastic. It is of incomparable precision and has an almost infinite lifespan.
The Sybarite's cabbage cutters are extremely robust accessories, delivered with their protective pouch. They respect the tradition of the master barbers, with elegance, precision and efficiency as their watchwords. Discover the wooden cabbage cutter as well as the metal cabbage cutter.
The safety razor
Also known as a safety razor, the safety razor is an effective traditional shaving accessory that won't cause you burns and irritation. It is the ideal accessory for sensitive skin and has only one blade. It can be passed down from generation to generation, as the safety razor can last a lifetime. As the name suggests, this accessory is safe and is also very easy to maintain.
The shavette is a razor with an interchangeable blade that visually resembles the cabbage cutter (which has a fixed blade). While the charm and history of the razor-blade can't be taken away, the shavette remains an excellent traditional shaving accessory. In particular, it seduces with its ability to trace the contours of the beard with precision.
The badger shaving brush
The shaving brush is an accessory that lathers beard soap and shaving cream, which exfoliates, protects your skin and softens beard hairs during shaving. Its high water absorption capacity helps you to obtain a creamy lather.
In addition to being elegant, the badger brush is the essential tool for an old-fashioned shave, for comfort and respect for your skin, but also for precision. Indeed, when shaving soap is applied manually, the hairs flatten, making shaving less easy. The use of a shaving brush will help straighten the hairs.
The shaving bowl
Indispensable for preparing your shaving session, the shaving bowl or shaving bowl allows you to build up a creamy lather with a shaving soap or shaving cream. In other words, the shaving bowl creates an emulsion between the soap block and the brush.
If you want to switch to traditional shaving, you'll have to switch to shaving soap on the way! In addition to being authentic, beard soap creates a creamy lather that protects your skin during shaving. It should be used with its companions the shaving brush and the shaving bowl.
Which traditional shaving set to choose?
It may be a good idea to buy a traditional shaving set straight away to get all the accessories at once, rather than buying them separately. However, you should be aware that not all traditional shaving sets contain the same accessories. That's why it's important to analyze the different types of products and tools available.
We recommend that you choose your traditional shaving set according to your needs first and foremost, without neglecting the quality that will have an impact on the result of your shave, but also on the ability to last over time.
However, be aware that the more items you have in a traditional shaving set, the more interesting it is in terms of investment. Safety razor, cabbage cutter, shaving brush, bowl, shaving soap are the main accessories you should have in your shaving set.
To help you make your choice, the Sybarite offers you its traditional shaving set of very high quality, economical, ecological and skin-friendly.
Learn more about the Sybarite Shaving Set in this article : On a testé le set de rasage le Sybarite
How to start in traditional shaving? Choosing the best products
For your traditional shave to be perfectly successful, you need to have the best accessories and products on hand. Once you have quality shaving accessories, you need to equip yourself with the best shaving products.
Cleaning the skin
Bushy or three-day-old beard and moustache, you should first start shaving with a clean beard. This step is a must for a successful old-fashioned shave. We therefore recommend that you exfoliate your skin with a gentle, organic product once or twice a week, then cleanse it with a gel before shaving to remove impurities.
The warm water you use to cleanse your face before shaving will soften your skin. You can also soften it with steam or a hot towel.
Here's a list of ideal products to exfoliate and cleanse your face naturally:
- Bivouak organic face scrub: this organic face scrub cleanses the skin deeply and removes all impurities. It moisturizes, tones and softens the skin in addition to awakening its radiance.
- Bivouak organic face cleanser: this organic cleansing gel cleanses, purifies and regenerates the skin, ideal before shaving. It eliminates excess sebum and impurities, and helps you fight against external aggressions.
The use of a shaving soap
There are many shaving soaps on the market. How do you choose the best shaving soap from all these products? First and foremost, we recommend that you choose a shaving soap that is organic or made with natural ingredients. This one will be much more respectful of your skin, because it is free of substances known to be harmful to your health. There is also something for all tastes: woody, fruity, fragrant, without essential oils... Shaving soaps spare no man!
Here is a list of the best organic shaving soaps to accompany your traditional shave:
- Big Moustache natural beard soap: this beard soap is ideal to use for a traditional shave. Formulated with coconut oil, it nourishes the skin and soothes irritations. This organic beard soap guarantees a softened and softened hair, ready for shaving.
- Pachamamaï Shaving So ap: this shaving soap for smooth skin is specially designed to gently shave your beard and mustache. Its solid texture is easy to work with a badger brush.
- Donkey milk beard soap Asina: this organic donkey milk beard soap moisturizes, soothes any inflammation due to shaving and maintains the softness of your face. Donkey milk helps protect your skin from irritation.
The use of the traditional razor
Whether you use a safety razor, trimmer or shave bottle, you should always shave in the direction of the hair with your shaving soap first. After a second soaping with a badger brush, you should shave in the opposite direction. Finally, cleanse your face with cold water to tighten the skin pores.
Opt for an after-shave treatment: cream, oil or balm.
After-shave care is essential to revitalize, disinfect and moisturize your skin. These treatments will also help to tighten pores after the blade has passed through. You can choose from a multitude of aftershave care products: oil, balm, moisturizing gel, lotion or powder, as long as it is natural, formulated without irritating synthetic products that are dangerous to your health.
Here is our recommendation of the best organic aftershave care to be found on our site, formulated with natural ingredients:
- Asina organic donkey milk aftershave: this organic aftershave balm deeply moisturizes your skin and provides immediate relief in case of razor burn.
- Pachamamai After Shave Fluid: this after shave fluid moisturizes, soothes and restores suppleness to the skin after the blades have passed. It calms irritations.
Traditional razor care
The advantage of traditional shaving accessories is that they are easy to maintain. Simply clean the razor (safety razor, trimmer or shave) with water and replace the blade regularly.
However, if you're used to tapping the razor blade against the sink to remove stuck hairs from the razor, forget it! This speeds up the wear and tear on the blades. Therefore, it is better to clean your razor directly in the sink to remove stuck hairs.
At the end, we advise you to dry the blade well with a clean towel. It is not recommended to let the blades dry naturally. Should you notice a lime deposit on your razor blade, don't panic. To remove it, put a dab of toothpaste on a brush and rub it off before rinsing with cold water.
You now have all the ingredients and the best advice to achieve a quality traditional shave, with precision and delicacy!
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