As Derek Zoolander elegantly stated, “Water is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” This maxim holds true for shaving: the key to the best shave ever is keeping hot water close to your skin to open your pores and help the razor blade glide with no irritation.
Unless you live under a waterfall or in a pineapple under the sea, your skin is probably too dry to start shaving right away. You can moisten your face with a hot towel, but for the absolute best experience, shave right after a warm shower. The water and heat will open your pores, exfoliate your dead skin cells, and soften the hairs to make them more cuttable.
When you step out of the shower, pat your face with a soft towel to get rid of excess liquid. You don’t want your skin too dry, but having water dripping off your face can be distracting and may wash off your shaving cream before you want to.
A quick tip, learned from experience: don’t make your shower too hot or long, unless you want your mirror to fog up. There’s nothing more frustrating then waiting for the glass to defrost enough that you can see yourself while your sister yells from the other side of the door to hurry up so she can use the bathroom. Just trust me on this.