I don't know what witch hazel is. You get irritation because of your shaving cream/soap whatever and your blade is too sharp, not because your blade is blunt. In fact I find best results are when the blade has has a few weeks to break in. Otherwise I can cut myself too easily and it is too harsh on my skin.Even using feather blades on a DE safety razor, I have to replace the blades at least once a week. With no shaving soap I get tons of irritation despite using witch-hazel afterwards.
Have a hot shower. Wash your hair without shampoo - i.e. give your head a quick rub under the shower. Come out. Bathroom is full of steam. Fill the basin with hot water and shave normally. Keep the blade hot. Using warm water instead of hot and having not showered/lack of moisture in the air all reduce the blade's lifespan. I had one I had to change after six months due to carelessness like that.Next you'll be telling us that cold-water shaving is THE BEST THING EVER!
The thing about coming out of a hot shower is that the heat and water naturally softens your stubble.
Putting chemicals on your face every day is a totally unnatural part of male grooming. I've got a beard at the moment, but when I do shave the quality is all reduced by these additives. Hot water and a sharpish razor are optimal.Shaving foam? Maybe. You can use a shaving soap. Some people like the pre-shave/shaving oils as well as lather-less creams.
I found this searching for "shaving foam con": The Shaving Cream Racket by Jeffrey A. Tucker
See, I'm not alone. I have better skin and I save time and money as a result.
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I just picked up a 12" cast iron skillet. Seasoned my old 10" one that I never really used except to make corn bread. WOW! Never realized what I was missing! Heats even, requires less heat, and finishes food with a different texture. My old one is slick as a whistle. Quick rinse with hot water, and she's ready for the next batch of primal awesomeness!! Highly recommend the switch to cast iron!!
I just got some Zemgear ninja booties. My object is to combine them with my huarache sandals to make hiking sandals that won't get a lot of stickers stuck in my socks. Because now my socks will be ninja booties.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.
Just threw a bunch of money at a big box of raw meat and a vat of coconut oil. Also a bag of hyper-charged organic catnip for my little fluff babies. I sewed a handful into each of their toys and now they're drooling and flopping all over the place. Hilarious.
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Locavore (locally grown foods when possible)
Training consists of Muay Thai, BJJ, weight training, and mountain biking
Would like to be in good shape by my 36th Birthday (07-07-2013)
2 half gallons of Trickling Springs Dairy Creamline milk, a pint of TS organic heavy cream and a pint of TS half n half - Raisin bran for the hubs (yeah, I know), a half gallon of Trickling Springs Black Raspberry Ice Cream (yesterday was my day to shop at the Menonnite farm market in Elkton) and a pair of Merrell Barefoot Life Delight Gloves minimal shoes.
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