My Routine

Discussion in 'Shower or Shave of the Day' started by qhsdoitall, May 1, 2007.

  1. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    Since I shave at work most of the time, I'm not in a position to get the greatest shaves since I have no access to hot towels and a bunch of other niceties. The water temp alone is an issue since I can run it full hot and stand there in the shower. So, this is what my normal routine looks like.

    Open up the "Shave Den" and stare for a minute. If I'm lucky I've pre-chosen my setup the day before.
    Turn on the shower for 3 minutes. I'm the first person to run water so the pipes are cold.
    Shower using my choice of shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser and soap.
    Apply glycerin & a couple of drops of oil as pre-shave if my face totally dried out in the shower.
    Apply deodorant & Oil to shins
    Move shave setup to sink area. (Travel kit & Shave of Day Stuff)
    Soak brush in hot water & a couple of drops of glycerin
    Wet Soap if needed.

    Note: I do not shave first. I don't have hot towels, the water is not real hot and the gym/locker room is either cool or down right freezing. So, I might as well as save the shave to last.

    Clean Glasses & Fix Hair
    Floss, Brush Teeth & use Mouth Rinse
    Change Blade if needed
    Brush face with hot water
    Rinse Brush with hot water and shake out.
    Create lather
    Shave Passes - WTG/45XTG/45XTG Opposite/ATG Cleanup. Warm water rinse and hand smoothing then new lather in between passes. The touch up is done with just a wet hand and smoothing some lather around on last spots.
    Warm water rinse
    Towel off residue
    Cold Water rinse
    Alum Block with Cold Water Rinse or Aftershave
    Apply ASB - Cold water diluted.
    Clean up, get dressed & put everything away
    Stare in "Shave Den" again for a minute and choose tomorrow's setup.
    Apply Cologne if wearing.
    And finally, close everything up and start my day at work with a smile on my face, relaxed, feeling good and enjoying my smooth face and great scent.
  2. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    Sounds like a solid routine Rich - I can't imagine having to shave at work (or at a gym for that matter), but I guess you'd get used to it after a while.

    The routine sounds a lot like mine, right up to the glycerin in the brush soak ;)

    I also shave after the shower, even if I am going the hot-towel route....and never without a pre-shave oil of some sort :happy088
  3. bg42

    bg42 New Member


    All this stuff people aparently go through to have a shave,as from the title you can guess that I am inhearently a lazy bastard
    .My shave routine is, run badger brush under hot tap then lather,grab blade that is very sharp and shave ,one up one down ,then aftershave if I think of it
    sorry but that it folks
    kind regards Peter
  4. Will

    Will Nevermind

    When do you booze?

    I am with 42

    Just shave man

    All I do is shower, when I am in shower I soak my brush in mug with hot water, put cream and/or soap on it lather on face (I don't need no stinking bowl), shave, hot water splash to clean leftovers, cold water splash, aftershave. JUST SHAVE BABY!
  5. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    I think we all go through some stages. Eventually, we get the routines down and then simplify a little. I've moved away from the more is better stages as I figured out what really counted. I really wish I could shave first and then shower though. But alas, it's not to be unless, I shave at home.
  6. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    I have completely reversed this in the past week and it has been working VERY well.

    1) Shave
    2) Shower

    That simple enough for you? :confused: :rofl
  7. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    Nope. Not until you do a cold shave with Ivory Soap and nothing else. :D
  8. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    :happy001 oh man, you must hate me :D
  9. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    I don't hate you. Just trying to make your life simpler. :rofl

    Sometimes we get caught up in the products and techniques and try this and try that and so on. I'm guilty like everyone else. Someone has to "keep it real" for us over the top and man overboard shavers. :D
  10. qhsdoitall

    qhsdoitall Wilbur

    Keeping it Simple

    For me, this is keeping it simple. Some may find that this is too much.

    Shampoo, soap (Facial wash/scrub and conditioner is optional)
    Deodorant (Not optional) I stink if I don't! :D
    Body Lotion or Oil. Unfortunately, this is becoming less optional as I get older. My shins dry out bad all year round now.

    Brush, razor, blade.
    Hot Water splashes
    Lather in a bowl, 2 passes with cleanup. (Optional - Lather in hand)

    Post Shave:
    Cold Water

    For me, that's as simple as it gets. I have found the more variables I toss in, the more things can go wrong. When I add to simple, it's to create a more luxury shave and this is where I really get to play around.

    Add Conditioner
    Add Facial Wash/Scrub
    Add Body Oil
    Add Glycerin Brush Soak
    Add preshave Glycerin
    Add pre-lather
    Add Superlather
    Add more passes with careful cleanup
    Add Alum Block
    Add Toner/Aftershave
    Add Balm
    Add Add Cologne

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