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Don Draper Reveals a Shocking Shaving Tip For Achieving A More Comfortable Shave Everyday

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One evening a couple of months ago…

…I was watching an old episode of Mad Men, when Don Draper (the lead character) did something after his shave that I’d often wondered about.

Don was shaving as normal in the bathroom with a safety razor, and…

…as the final strokes of his shave were being completed, he grabbed a towel…and wiped away the excess shaving cream from his face and neck…then patted his skin dry.

Shave complete. Clothes on. Looking good.

Here’s the part I was wondering about however…

There was no splashing the face with cold water…and there was no alcohol free after shave balm to help soothe and rejuvenate the skin.

Ok…I know what you’re thinking…

IT’S A TV PROGRAMME ROBERT, and they’re not going to waste time showing skin being cleansed with cold water etc…

BUT…the “no splashing of cold water” part still intrigued me. I’d seen this type of scene in many different programmes and films over the years…and it had stuck with me for some strange reason.

And if you know me well enough, you’ll know I like to test every possible scenario which may lead to better results with my shave…during and after.

I seriously pondered this question…

”Does splashing your face with cold water after you shave, actually offer any real, noticeable benefits?”

We’ve all been told that after shaving you should splash your face with cold water, as it closes the skins pores, whilst helping to cleanse the skin.

But is it really any better for the skin than simply removing any excess shaving cream with a towel?

I had to test this theory out.

So, for the past month, I’ve done just that.

I’ve shaved as normal at the bathroom sink, and afterwards simply patted my skin dry with a towel, and removed any excess shaving cream…just like Don Draper.

I’ve then applied some alcohol free after shave balm as normal.

Job done. Shave complete…

…apart from a nice splash of my favourite aftershave on the back of my neck!

The results of my little experiment were pretty shocking…

For 20 years I’ve been splashing my face with cold water after my shave…as that’s what I was told to do.

So when I changed my routine…at first it was a little weird.

I didn’t feel as refreshed, or as ‘clean’ as I normally would if I’d splashed my face with cold water as normal.

However, almost instantly, I felt my skin was softer and smoother, especially when I was applying my after shave balm.

The biggest noticeable difference however…was not until later in the day and the morning after, when I was ready for my next shave.

Usually later in the day, with my very sensitive skin, I’d still have the odd itchy part on my neck…

…or the next morning I would see the odd razor bump that was going to pose a minor problem for my morning shave.

However, almost overnight, these issues disappeared.

And one month into my experiment I have to say that I am delighted with the results.

My daily shave is even more comfortable than ever, and I’m definitely suffering less from niggle razor burn or minor rashes.

So if you’re looking for a way to improve your shave, even just a little, give this idea a try. You might be surprised at the results.

And you never know, you may end up looking and feeling as good as Don Draper himself.

So…what’s your favourite shaving routine just now? What products are working wonders on your skin?

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  1. akram raza shams

    September 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

    sir my age is 20 and i have to shave every morning..i use Gillette shaving foam and after that wash my face with cold water.. my skin has become too rough and my beards are like thorns…what shoujd i do.. plz suggest..

  2. Jon

    July 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Hello, Mr. Gillespie.

    I have a ‘different’ view on what to do, *after* shaving.
    Here’s a little food for thought.
    Almost all shaving soaps and cremes are alkali based.
    The reason for this is that alkaline compounds actually soften the outer layers of the individual hairs, making them easier to cut.
    This is one of the main reasons why most shaving products cause skin irritation.
    The ‘natural’ pH of human skin is usually acidic.
    Its been called the “acid mantle”, because it helps to protect our skin.
    Simple chemistry tells us that difference is going to cause a reaction between the alkaline and the acidic because the two are opposites.
    So when we finish shaving, there is now an alkalinity to the skin where these types of shaving compounds were applied.
    To counteract that [unwholesome] change, we need to use an acidic compound to neutralize the alkalinity.
    The easiest way to do that, to my [limited] knowledge,
    is the same technique often used to counteract the alkalinity left behind by regular soap.
    I rinse my face with cold water, to remove as much of the alkaline soap as water can, and then I rinse my face with white vinegar,
    then I rinse that off with cold water, again.
    Now, I’m not going to say that I don’t feel it.
    It stings.
    And *if* I’ve just ripped my face to shreds, say with a dull blade, and/or a poor shaving lubricant, then it can sting a *lot*.
    But it only hurts for “a little while”, as the saying goes,
    and it helps my face to heal faster with a natural acidic pH than with an unnatural alkalinity.
    Usually one day and overnight, then its much better for the next time I have to shave again.
    Fortunately, I can usually get by shaving every other day, so my face can heal up for the next battle of the blade.
    Ive had a problem shaving, similar to yours, over the years, so I even went hirsute [bearded] a few times in my youth.
    But I started ‘wet shaving’ in `71-72, and came back to it last year, after learning about the difference proper shaving soap makes.
    [I really like Mike's Natural Soaps.]
    I’m still experimenting, but the vinegar ‘aftershave’ does better than anything else.
    Sometimes I use olive oil, mixed with ‘shaving oil’ and vitamins A & E oils to help my face heal better from the onslaught of a jagged steel blade.
    But the idea of leaving any kind of alkaline-based soap on my face just doesn’t sound like a good idea, even though I have tried it, once.
    Of course, as they say on the various shaving forums, your mileage may vary.

    Have a GREAT day, and a GREAT shave, neighbor!

  3. Glenn

    April 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I’ve never used cold water as part of my DE post shave routine. Warm water to remove the soap. Pat dry. Witch hazel. Pat dry. Aftershave cream. Done. Love the feeling. I have oily skin and approaching age 60, have adult acne. Or should say, “had.” No eruptions since I adopted this daily regimen.

    • Robert Gillespie

      Robert Gillespie

      April 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Glenn for the comment. I’ve never used witch hazel…I know it’s a good antiseptic, and great for healing properties, but can’t say I have first hand experience. Is that the main benefits you have found? Might have to give it a try soon!

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