What to buy for a better shave

Trim, shape, moisturize. Face, legs, whatever.

Upgrade your shaving tools
Upgrade your shaving tools.Pixabay

We don't care whether you go clean shaven or just need to trim, shape, or clip a few hairs here and there. We just want you to have the right tools.

Why are you putting up with dull blades and inadequate lotions? Why are you still breezing through plastic disposables? For most, shaving is a habit, an act of hygiene and self care. Invest a little cash in some gear that'll make your face, arms, legs, and whatever else feel taken care of.

Braun Series Wet and Dry Foil Shaver

Braun Series Wet and Dry Foil Shaver

A water-safe electric razor.Amazon

The Braun Series 9 has Intelligent Syncrosonic technology that adapts to your beard—it uses 10,000 micro-vibrations a minute to adapt to the density of hair growth—and is designed to shave multiple types of hair at once. Allow me to explain: this razor uses four different cutting “techniques” to do things like lift and cut flat hairs, mow down hairs that grow in all directions, and get super close to the skin. The final touch: charging station that cleans and lubricates the razor.

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000

It's cheaper, but it lasts and works.Amazon

If you don’t have several hundred dollars to spend on a razor, that’s A-OK. The Norelco Multigroom 3000 is a personal favorite. I’ve owned this razor for years, and it’s still kicking. The razor comes 13 attachments including a beard and mustache comb, nose trimmer, and both full size and precision trimmers. Each charge lasts about 60 minutes of cordless shaving.

Baxter of California Men's Double Edged Razor Set

Baxter of California Men's Double Edged Razor Set

Razor, stand and brushAmazon

Want a heavy-duty, old-timey set that’ll make you look like a wealthy publisher of Penthouse Magazine? The three-piece set—brush, stand and double-edged razor—have brass- and nickel-plated handles with a chrome finish. There is no plastic at all; the bristles on the lathering brush are made of badger hair. When the blade gets dull, you just refill from a (cheap!) collection of razor blades. When you’re done, use the holder to keep it all dry and organized.

Oster Classic 76 Universal Motor Clipper

Oster Classic 76 Motor Clipper

Buzz your hair.Amazon

The Oster 76 comes with a single-speed motor and two detachable blades for different hair lengths. Purchase it with this 10 comb set made specifically for the Oster clippers and you can buzz your cheeks or your head. It is crazy durable, comes with lubricating oil and a cleaning brush, and chances are you will see it in 9 out of 10 barbershops you walk in.

Suvorna 5-inch Men's Beard & Mustache Scissors

Suvorna 5" Men's Beard & Mustache Scissors

Trim, cut and style your beard or mustache.Amazon

If you have a few rebellious hairs popping out of your beard, use some clippers instead of trying to carefully hover your electric razor less than a half an inch from your face. Razor-sharp scissors can rid you of these follicle nuisances with a swift snip. These razors are made of a sharp, handcrafted Japanese steel, so they look and feel expensive.

Gentleman Jon 3.7 Ounce Alum Block in Plastic Case

Gentleman Jon Alum Block in Plastic Case

Stop the bleeding.Amazon

Alum blocks are great for stopping little nicks from shaving and providing some relief for razor burn. Take the crystal-like wet stone and apply it to the freshly shaved areas to prevent irritation. This block is made of 100% potassium alum, which acts as a natural antiseptic. It comes in a plastic case.

AHAVA Time to Energize Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer

AHAVA Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer

Moisturizer is the key.Amazon

To keep your skin calm and moisturize your skin. This AHAVA after shave moisturizer protects against razor burn, absorbs quickly and has an antibacterial formula which leaves the skin refreshed and soft.

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave

Keep it softAmazon

For the sensitive-skinned, Jack Black Beard Conditioning Shave is a 3-in-1 product—preshave oil, shave cream, and skin conditioner. The Jojoba oil and glycerin will take care of the hydration and the peppermint and menthol will soothe your skin without gunking up your razor. It’ll soften your hairs making it easier for the razor to make its way through. This isn’t just for dudes! My girlfriend recommends it.

EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, Vanilla Bliss

EOS Vanilla Bliss Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream

This smells delicious.Amazon

This stuff (which smells awesome) uses aloe, oats, and shea butter. You can use it on wet or dry skin.

Rituals Scrub

Rituals Scrub

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.Amazon

Want to know how to prevent ingrown hairs? Exfoliate. If you have coarse or curly hair, it’s all but essential to clear the path for the follicle to grow out rather than ... elsewhere. This Rituals scrub smells nice—Indian rose and almond oil—and will get in deep and moisturizing your skin.

Quinn's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel 16oz

Quinn's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel

Prevent razor burn.Amazon

Use Quinn’s alcohol-free Witch Hazel toner—with aloe vera—to soothe your skin and prevent redness and razor burn. It will clean and condition your skin without drying it out.

CRUX Supply Co. Beard Oil

CRUX Supply Co. Beard Oil

Good oil for your beardAmazon

If you’ve got a beard, may as well make sure it smells and feels great. This oil contains rosewood, sage, and bergamot scents, and massaging it on your face feels amazing. The product contains avocado, almond, and jojoba oils, as well. The combo nourishes the beard, keeps your skin from becoming inflamed, and softens the hairs and face.

Honest Amish Beard & Body Soap

Honest Amish Beard & Body Soap

Beard and body soapAmazon

Beards can get pretty gross and just full of bacteria. If your skin is particularly dry or sensitive, consider this soap by Honest Amish, which calls upon naturally occurring white kaolin clay. The soap contains essential oils like lavender, clove, and cedarwood.

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