Shaving and Skincare Guides and FAQs
On this page you can find our famous in-depth King of Shaves Prepare, Shave, Protect (PSP) guide to getting a the best shave possible along with useful information, know-how and FAQs on our entire product range as well as general shaving and skincare advice and tips.
Query not covered in our FAQs? Then please contact our Customer Care team – we’re here to help you get a great shave and to get the very best from our products.
It’s something you probably do everyday as automatically as dressing. You reach in the cabinet for your razor and foam or gel and shave the way you always have – the way you saw your dad shave. You see it as a necessary chore, but a chore all the same. But are you doing it right? Does it need to be a chore? And does it have to leave your skin feeling like it’s been attacked with a machete? Well the simple answer is no.
The experts here at King of Shaves believe a combination of the correct shaving ‘software’ (gel, oil or serum), ‘hardware’ (your razor) and technique will give you a smooth, pain-free shave. We’ve put together a detailed guide to help you achieve the “Shave of Kings” with our Prepare Shave Protect PSP regime. If you require further help then please contact our Customer Care team today.
King of Shaves general shaving tips for a great shave are below. Male or female it does not matter, the general principals are the same and this is a perfect place to start…
1. Forget everything you know:
Lots of lather does not equal a good shave. Foam sitting on top your skin does nothing so move on. Choose a quality modern shaving gel, oil or serum, not a soap-based foam that will dry out your skin. Nor does the number of blades on your razor really matter – is the blade(s) clean, sharp and of a decent quality are the questions you should be asking yourself.
2. Don’t shave as soon as you get up:
Have breakfast first. Give your skin a chance to wake up!
3. Invest a little time preparing your skin:
We don’t recommend you wash your face with ordinary soap as it is usually very drying on the skin and, coupled with shaving (which also can be drying), you will make your skin tight and uncomfortable. To effectively (and kindly) cleanse your skin and prepare it for a great shave use a deep cleansing soap-free face wash and alternate twice a week with a gentle face scrub / exfoliator. Thoroughly rinse off with warm water afterwards. All this preparation will help soften and lift your bristles up ready for shaving.
Don’t use a face scrub every day unless it is specifically designed as a daily use product. By over exfoliating, you may actually make your skin greasier as it tries to cope with the loss of moisture caused by the scrub.
4. Ideally, shave in the shower or bath:
Dry stubble can have the same tensile strength as copper wire so the hot, steamy environment of a shower or bath will really help soften and prepare your bristles. On average it takes 3 to 4 minutes for stubble to ‘wet out’ properly making it much easier to shave. If you prefer the old fashioned water in a bowl (or sink!) method, wash your face first with plenty of hot water to ensure those bristles are really soft.
Whatever your choice of shaving preparation, to get the full benefit ensure you read the instructions before use. With our King of Shaves products we don’t want to teach you to “suck eggs” however these are revolutionary products that work best if you use them as suggested.
Spend a little time massaging your chosen shaving preparation into your face as this will help to further soften and lift the bristles.
If you are using a Hyperglide razor you will need to activate the lubricating hydro gel – you can do this by thoroughly saturating or immersing the cartridge in water for 15–20 seconds prior to shaving.
5. Ensure you have a clean sharp blade and shave using short strokes:
Shaving against the direction of hair growth is the primary cause of razor burn, redness and rashes so it’s key to shave in the direction of your hairs’ growth. Generally speaking this is down on the cheeks / chin and upwards on the neck. If you are at all unsure, run your finger across your stubble to see which direction the hair is growing. Take special care when shaving around the sensitive neck area.
6. Rinse the blade regularly:
Rinse the blade thoroughly as you shave and don’t press too hard against the skin – let the blades do the work. If you are using a Hyperglide razor it is essential to rinse the blades and cartridge frequently in water during your shave as this enables the cartridge to continue producing the slippery hydro gel.
7. Afterwards rinse thoroughly:
If using a shaving gel, foam or serum; after shaving rinse your face thoroughly with cool water and pat dry (don’t rub). If using a King of Shaves shaving oil, you can just pat your face dry.
8. Apply a post shave product:
Protect your skin with a moisturiser or face balm as this will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and soft – not tight and dry. For maximum effectiveness we recommend applying a moisturiser or balm within five minutes of shaving or washing.
Ideally use a moisturiser or balm with UVA / UVB filters or with a sun protection factor (SPF) – the sun and wind can be very damaging to your skin so these will further help to protect your face.
9. Don’t apply aftershave to your face:
The days of ‘splash it all over’ are long gone. Aftershave is primarily made from alcohol and alcohol, like soap, has a drying effect on your skin. To wear aftershave or a fragrance, simply apply it to the back of your neck or your wrists.
10. Optimise your blade’s life:
For optimum blade life, after use shake off excess water and allow your blade / cartridge to air dry naturally before storing.
If you have a Hyperglide you can use the Wall Sucker or Handle Holder / Blade Guard supplied with your razor. When transporting your Hyperglide razor, insert head into handle holder to help protect the precision blades from damage.
In addition to the Prepare, Shave, Protect tips above, here are some expert tips on getting silky smooth skin for women.
Try shaving in the evening:
Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of the epidermis thus reducing your skin’s defences. If you shave in the morning you are more likely to expose weakened skin to external elements and your shaved skin will feel uncomfortable – so try shaving in the evening instead.
Shave in the bath or shower:
Warm, wetted hair is three times easier to shave than dry hair. So for best results shave during a bath or shower and ensure you thoroughly wet your hair with warm water for at least three minutes. We also recommend you exfoliate your skin before shaving as this helps prevent in-growing hairs (caused when a hair curls back under the skin).
Use a quality shave gel:
Apply a moisture rich shaving gel or shaving oil to the areas to be shaved and then thoroughly massage it in to your skin. If you just use soap or water it can result in your skin becoming dry and irritated.
Shaving the legs and bikini area:
To get the closest possible shave, start at your ankles and shave upwards. From the bottom of your ankle, gently glide the blades up the leg in one smooth stroke. Take extra care when shaving areas where bone is close to the skin surface, such as ankles and knees.
To avoid nicks and cuts that often occur behind the ankle, flex your heel to stretch the skin whilst you shave. Around the sensitive bikini area follow the direction of the hairs’ growth to help prevent irritation. Remember when shaving don’t press too hard, let the blades do the work!
Shaving under the arms:
Underarm hair grows in different directions and so you will need to shave up, down and across the area.
To help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs pull the skin tight with one hand, while you shave with the other. You should re-apply your shaving gel regularly as you shave in different directions.
Thoroughly rinse off any remaining shave preparation from your skin. Try not to apply or expose skin to anything irritating after shaving – ideally wait an hour to allow time for your skin’s pores to close before applying deodorant, perfume, going swimming in salty sea water etc.
We do recommend you apply a non- or lightly-perfumed moisturiser to help lock in moisture and to soothe and revitalise your skin.
King of Shaves Shave Oils protect, moisturise and lubricate your skin throughout the shave giving superlative razor performance and glide. Your face will be left smooth, supple and moisturised, not dry and tight.
• Up to 100 comfortable rash-free shaves from one bottle.
• Use instead of gel / foam or to prepare your skin before an electric shave.
• Ideal for sensitive skin.
• Dermatologically tested and unfragranced.
• The totally clear formula means you see exactly where you’re shaving – perfect for shaping side-burns, goatees and for avoiding problem areas.
• Designed and made in the UK.
For best results, and to keep your face in optimum condition, read the King of Shaves guide to a great shave above and use Shave Oils as part of the King of Shaves Prepare, Shave, Protect PSP regime and, ideally, partner with the King of Shaves Hyperglide System Razor.
PREPARE: Shave during / after warm bath or shower and cleanse your face first with a quality face wash and alternate twice a week with a gentle face scrub / exfoliator.
SHAVE: Dispense two to three drops / pumps of Shave Oil onto hand and massage into wet beard. Wait a few seconds to let the oil prepare the stubble. Using a sharp blade, shave carefully in direction of hair growth taking special care around the sensitive neck area. Rinse the blade frequently.
PROTECT: After shaving, pat skin dry (don’t rub), there’s no need to rinse the oil off. Finally, protect skin with soothing moisturiser or face balm.
Combination: If you still prefer to shave with lather / foam on your face you can still get all the benefits of our Shave Oil by using it underneath a shaving gel or foam. Thoroughly wet your face with warm or hot water and apply a few drops of Shave Oil and massage in. Then apply shaving gel or foam on-top and shave following the directions above. Afterwards thoroughly rinse off the shaving gel or foam and pat face dry.
Pre-Electric: You can use King of Shaves Shave Oil even if you prefer an electric shave, whether dry or wet / dry! Simply massage just one or two drops of oil onto dry skin. Then wait 30 seconds and shave normally with your electric shaver. You will feel the difference, and your skin will definitely thank you for it!
We have listed some common shaving and skin care queries below. If your issue is not listed, please contact our Customer Care team.
For best results use as part of the King of Shaves PSP™ (Prepare, Shave, Protect) regime which you can read more about on the first tab (HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE to the top left).
Prepare: To help prepare and soften your stubble, shave during / after warm bath or shower. Cleanse face first with a quality Face Wash or Scrub.
Shave: Ideally use with a King of Shaves Shave Gel, Oil or Serum for a super smooth, rash-free shave. Massage into wet beard. It is important you activate Hyperglide’s lubricating hydrogel by thoroughly saturating or immersing the cartridge in water for 15–20 seconds prior to shaving. Then, ensuring you have a clean sharp blade, shave carefully in the direction of hair growth. Take extra care around the sensitive neck area. For optimum glide, rinse blades and cartridge frequently in water during use and keep your skin moist throughout the shave.
Protect: After shaving, thoroughly rinse off, pat dry and protect skin with a King of Shaves Balm or Moisturiser.
Care: For optimum blade life, after use shake off excess water and allow cartridge to air dry naturally before storing (ideally using the handle holder that came with your Hyperglide razor). When transporting your Hyperglide razor, insert head into handle holder to help protect the precision blades from damage.
Changing Cartridges: To change a cartridge simply press the green button on the rear of the handle to eject the old cartridge and then just clip the new one in place, see diagram and images below (click on a thumbnail to enlarge).
King of Shaves has manufactured several different system razor handles as well as 4 and 5-blade cartridges.
Azor 4-Blade lightweight plastic handle (black and white) is compatible with Azor 4-Blade cartridges, Queen Of L’Azor 4-Blade Cartridges, Azor 5-Blade cartridges and Azor S for Women 5-Blade cartridges.
Queen Of L’Azor lightweight plastic handle (pink and white) is compatible with Azor 4-Blade cartridges, Queen Of L’Azor 4-Blade Cartridges, Azor 5-Blade cartridges and Azor S for Women 5-Blade cartridges. This handle has now been discontinued but is effectively the same as the black and white Azor handle (apart from the colour).
Azor 5-Blade part alloy and blue plastic handle (now discontinued) and the Azor S for Women black plastic handle are only compatible with Azor 5-Blade cartridges.
Hyperglide handles and cartridges are not compatible with Azor handles or cartridges.
To get the best from Hyperglide it is important you activate the lubricating hydro gel by thoroughly saturating or immersing the cartridge in water for 15-20 seconds prior to shaving. For optimum glide it is important to keep the cartridge moist throughout the shave so it continues producing hydro gel so we recommend rinsing the blades frequently.
We would recommend that you use Hyperglide in conjunction with one of our water soluble shaving gels, oils or serums to provide additional razor glide and protection plus they help prolong the life of the blades.
After shaving and before storing, shake of any excess water and allow to air dry naturally to extend the life of the blades and the Hyperglide cartridge. When transporting your Hyperglide razor, insert head into handle holder to help protect the precision blades from damage.
Obviously the cartridge cannot produce the hydro gel indefinitely – we have endeavoured to engineer the Hyperglide coating to last for the lifetime of the blades so for average stubble this should be around 7–12 shaves. However actual blade life will depend on many variables including your stubble density, the quality shave preparation, how often you shave, how you care for and store your blades and so forth.
It is also worth reading and following our “The King of Shaves Prepare, Shave, Protect PSP regime guide to a great shave” (see the “HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE” tab to the left) as a few simple changes to your shaving and skincare routine can really help improve the quality (and ease) of your shave.
Each time you use your Hyperglide razor you will need to activate the lubricating hydro gel – you can do this by thoroughly saturating or immersing the cartridge in water for 15–20 seconds prior to shaving.
Whilst you shave rinse your Hyperglide blade frequently so that the cartridge continues to produce the slippery hydro gel. After use shake off excess water and allow to air dry naturally to extend the life of the blades and Hyperglide cartridge.
Obviously the cartridge cannot produce the hydro gel indefinitely – we have endeavoured to engineer the Hyperglide coating to last for the lifetime of the blades, for average stubble this should be around 7-12 shaves. However actual blade life will depend on many variables including your stubble density, if you are using a quality shave preparation, how often you shave, how you care for / store your blades and so forth!
5: Your low-foam shaving gels and oils don’t produce a ‘Father Christmas beard’ of foam... does that mean they don’t work?
It is true to say for most shaving preparations, the more lather a product produces, the more it will dry out your skin. It may feel good to have a lot of lather on your face, but the fact is that this lather is created by surfactants (similar to detergents) which dry out your skin. As you are already scraping off natural oils when you shave, you do not then want to further dry out your face. Lathering is also wasteful. That white peak of shaving foam, gel or soap isn’t actually touching your face – so why is it there?
So “yes”, the low foam shave gels and oils do work. You don’t need to cover your face in foam to get a good shave. Oils and low foam gels allow for precision shaving so you can see exactly what you are doing.
With a clear or low foam shave preparation, the more likely you are to see (and thus avoid) any problem areas such as spots, red or rough skin around the neck and so on. Also, if you have a moustache, goatee or beard, you will be able to shave around it with pinpoint accuracy – something that is impossible with traditional lather based shaving products.
6: I have spots / shaving rash / irritation, which I keep making worse by shaving over them. Should I stop shaving?
Not unless you want a beard! The low foam gels and oils we were talking about are ideal for you. They allow you to avoid particularly sensitive areas – so you won’t keep cutting the same spot or irritating a sensitive area of skin!
Generally you just need to read and follow our Prepare, Shave, Protect regime carefully. It will put you on the right track to achieving a smooth rash free shave even if you have sensitive skin. Specifically we would also advise you to change your shaving ‘software’ to a non foaming, King of Shaves shaving oil, serum or gel as they are formulated for all skin types but are especially effective if you have sensitive skin.
Our range of shaving and skincare software includes products specifically designed for sensitive or spot prone skin (including our antibacterial Shave Gel and sensitive skincare products – so seriously consider using these as they will help in the long-run.
For the first four or five days, start shaving before you go to bed at night so you will be sleeping and not fiddling with your rash or burn. Try and shave in the shower if you can – get hold of a non-fog mirror from one of the gadget websites, or shave ‘by touch’. Shave slowly using short strokes in the direction of hair growth – use the side of your forefinger to gauge which direction gives less resistance so you shave ‘with the grain’.
Do not be tempted to go over and over the same area to get a closer shave – this will only further irritate your skin. After shaving, if you have used a gel or serum then splash cool water on your face and pat your skin dry. If you used an oil, simply pat your face dry. Consider using a post shave moisturiser or balm as this will help your skin recover. After three or four days of shaving in this way, your spots / rash should have gone, and you will be able to revert to shaving in the morning remembering to use all the advice above!
7: I have a very heavy beard and find that shaving with the grain doesn’t give me a close enough shave. What can I do?
Begin by following our Prepare, Shave, Protect regime (see the “HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE” tab) and shaving with the grain. This removes the bulk of the hair without pulling and scalping the hairs. Then re-apply your shaving software and shave again (very carefully), but this time going against the grain.
Additional tips: Don’t shave first thing in the morning. Have breakfast, let your skin wake-up! Shaving is made much easier by giving the area to be shaved lots of warm / hot water (or steam) before shaving. So have a bath or shower and wash your face in running warm water as this softens the bristles and opens up the pores of the skin preparing it for a closer and less painful shave. After washing apply a hot towel to the beard area for a minute or so to really soften and prepare the bristles for a smooth shave.
There is no doubt that electric shaving can be faster and simpler than wet shaving. However, electric shaving is harsher on the skin as it strips away natural oils and usually requires the hairs to be dry and brittle to get a close shave. For a closer and more comfortable shave, our advice is to move to wet shaving. But hey, it’s a free country, and if you are happy with your electric shaver carry on. We would suggest you apply a few drops of a King of Shaves Shave Oil to your face before-hand as it will prepare the skin and stubble and help leave you feeling moisturised (not sandpapered)!
Additional tips: Unlike all King of Shaves products, some pre-shave lotions contain alcohol and other astringent (drying) agents which are not good for your skin. So read the label and check the ingredients before you purchase.
The brand name of the blade is far less important than the state it is in. You will not get a close shave from a blunt blade; you will be shaved on parts of the face and not on others and you will end up with redness and blotches on your face and neck. The cure is simple. As soon as you feel a blade is not performing properly, replace it!
Shaving with a cut-throat razor (or open or straight razor) is becoming popular again. You will have to put in the hours and practice however this rediscovered method can give you a great shave and really give you the edge trimming shaped beards and lining up those awkward sideburns. To purchase a well illustrated guide on how to hold and use a cut-throat razor visit www.cutthroat-shaving.co.uk. Some people also swear by their DE razors – again you will need to put in some time to practice to get the best from such a system. The comparitively high handle cost will be off-set in the long run by relatively cheap replacement blades.
That said, we have spent years designing the King of Shaves Hyperglide System Razor (as well as its predecessor the Azor System Razor) and we really believe it will “shave closer, longer, for less” so we recommend you try it out.
King of Shaves offers a wide choice of mentholated or unmentholated products for the simple reason many people love the super cooled feeling they get after shaving with a mentholated product. Very occasionally, menthol can cause a slight reaction with some skin types so simply by switching to an unmentholated version of a product can help significantly to reduce redness and sore areas.
When you feel your shave isn’t as smooth or as close as you’d like it to be, replace your razor’s blade. Below is a quick guide to how to change a King of Shaves Azor 4-Blade, Azor 5-Blade and Queen Of L’Azor cartridges (or click here to view it on our YouTube channel):
To load a replacement cartridge onto your King of Shaves Azor System Razor, push the Azor’s head down on top of the new cartridge (whilst it is still in the tray) with your index and middle fingers firmly pressing on the square dots on the rear. When you feel the head engage, pull the handle and cartridge out from the tray.
To eject a cartridge, hold the Azor handle and use your thumb to press firmly down on the Azor ‘A’ logo on the back of the razor’s head to ‘ping’ off the cartridge. Alternatively, slide the used cartridge into the tray and remove by pulling the handle upwards whilst gently pressing the Azor logo down with your thumb.
When you feel your shave isn’t as smooth or as close as you’d like it to be, replace your razor’s blade. Below is a quick guide to how to change a King of Shaves Azor S for Women cartridge (or click here to watch it on our YouTube channel):
To load a replacement cartridge onto your King of Shaves Azor S for Women System Razor, firstly ensure the cartridge is still in the tray. Then place your fingertips on the oval dots on the reverse of the razor’s handle and push the razor’s head firmly down on top of the new cartridge (whilst it is still in the tray). When you feel the head engage, gently push the handle forward and away from you until it comes clear of the tray.
To remove a cartridge, insert current cartridge (that is on the Azor S for Women handle) into spare space on cartridge tray. Then gently twist the handle towards the side of the tray and away. The cartridge should easily disengage from the handle and now you are ready to put on a new replacement cartridge.
Firstly ensure you are using a water soluble shaving oil, gel or foam (all King of Shaves products are water soluble). Don’t use too much oil or gel – use the amount recommended in the usage instructions. Using more oil or gel will not give you a better shave and it can increase the chance of your razor clogging.
Oil from your skin or stubble can contribute to clogging so before shaving cleanse your skin with a quality face wash (or scrub) and plenty of warm water.
During shaving, ensure you rinse your razor frequently to help prevent a build-up of stubble in the blades. We recommend you shave in a warm bath or shower, but if you are using a sink or a bowl, add a drop or two of shower gel or face wash to the warm water and mix it up before rinsing the razor blade in it.
If your stubble is very long, consider using a trimmer to shave off the longer hair before using your razor.
Shaving under the nose, no matter what razor you use, can be tricky so below are some tips to help you keep your upper lip smooth…
- Shave the upper lip area last giving your shave gel or oil the maximum amount of time to soften your stubble.
- Curl your top lip down towards your teeth to flatten the area.
- Then press your bottom curled lip up to meet it – this helps lock the top lip down. You should look like you have no lips showing and the skin to be shaved should be as flat and as taut as possible. Another trick is to use your tongue inside your mouth to push out your upper lip area.
- Gently push your nose to the side allowing you to shave the side / middle part of the upper lip. Then gently push your nose up with your index finger allowing you to shave the middle part of your upper lip.
- Don’t rush! Shave using short, light strokes to help prevent cutting yourself.
- If at any time you feel the blade flex or pull/tug on the whiskers, stop and decrease the blade pressure and resume with a very light touch.
- You may find that using the razor at different angles may help you reach any difficult areas.
- You can also try shaving in different directions to get to any ‘hard to reach’ areas. First shave with the grain, then across the grain, and finally, if required, go against the grain. Remember to keep your strokes light and consider reapplying your chosen shave gel or oil to the areas if required between strokes.
- If you are using a Hyperglide System Razor there is a precision trimming blade on the rear of the cartridge which you may find easier to use in this instance.
- If you are using an Azor System Razor, to get more precise control over shaving the lip it can be beneficial to hold your Azor slightly differently by placing your fingers over the head (rather than the handle) as shown in the picture below.
We have thoroughly researched and strongly believe in all the products and advice offered here at shave.com. All our products have been tested on humans as well as the staff at King of Shaves. However, we are not doctors and are not familiar with any specific medical conditions that you may have. So please check with your doctor before radically changing any part of your daily health or grooming regime.
Please use common sense when trying any new products or grooming regimes as they provide different results for different people. If you experience any reaction to a product (whether it is ours or anyone else’s) you put on your skin then you should discontinue use immediately.
If you have extra sensitive skin we would suggest you try and avoid products that contain menthol or fragrance (parfum). We would also suggest trialling new products on an inconspicuous part of your skin if you are concerned that you may have a reaction. It is also very important to read all the instructions for products as directions may vary – for instance it is important to thoroughly rinse off our shaving gels after use, however our shave oils can be left on the skin.
For a great head shave, we would recommend using one of the products from our Shaving Software range and following our Prepare, Shave, Protect regime (see the “HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE” tab). You should be able to use a standard Hyperglide or Azor System Razor however you may wish to give a dedicated head shaving system a whirl, we have heard some good things about www.headblade.com.
In-growing hairs can be a real problem. They occur more around the neck and jaw line and are more common on Afro-Caribbean skin as the hair is really curly. The hair normally grows out through the pore but can sometimes grow back in on itself. This will cause a bump that can become infected and sore. Some hairs continue to grow along the surface just beneath a fine layer of skin and can be seen quite clearly.
The best way to prevent in-growing hairs is to shave in the direction of hair growth and not against it as this can distort the follicle and scalp the hair too close.
Use a gentle face scrub regularly to remove dead skin cells and to release trapped hairs.
Moisturise to keep skin supple and help hairs to grow through unhindered.
And following our Prepare, Shave, Protect regime (see the “HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE” tab) will also really help reduce the risk of ingrowing hairs.
Shaving rash is normally caused by friction as the razor passes over the skin. It can be further irritated by a harsh shaving medium especially if the skin is sensitive. As with in-growing hairs, a good shaving routine will help prevent this issue (see the “HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE” tab). We recommend that you also shave in the evening until your skin has settled down and you are happy with your routine.
Both will give you an excellent shave so its personal choice. If you travel regularly, try one of our Shave Oils as their small size makes them the perfect travelling companion. For an amazingly close shave you can also use them in combination – add 2–3 drops of the oil, massage well into the face, then apply a small amount of the gel over the top and then shave.
Using a King of Shaves Shaving Oil will not make your skin oilier. However it will leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturised.
If you have extremely sensitive skin or find that fragrance irritates the skin try our AlphaGel Sensitive Shaving Gel or Kinexium Shave Oil. Although none of our AlphaGels shave gels contain fragrance, our AlphaGel Sensitive Shaving Gel is derived from natural ingredients and features advanced skin conditioners and has no menthol which makes it ideal for extra sensitive skin. Remember to follow our prepare, shave, protect regime and thoroughly rinse off any shave gel after use.
The vast majority of King of Shaves products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans except for our Beard Balm and Moustache & Beard Wax (those two products include bee’s wax, otherwise we use no animal derived ingredients) and all our products are tested on humans, not animals!
Certainly not! It’s important to look after your skin, irrelevant of your sex, and the daily routine of life damages your skin. Women have been wise to this for years – men have taken a little longer to catch up! Shaving can be very drying on your skin and coupled with weather and lifestyle conditions (yes, those late nights drinking in the pub will affect your skin) you need to protect it. Many of the products on the market that claim to be able to replace moisture are lying – once it’s gone it’s gone, but you can help to protect the skin by using a moisturiser after shaving or washing.
The key is to lock moisture into the skin rather than try and replace it later. The simplest way to do this is to apply a moisturiser or post shave balm to the skin as soon after shaving (or washing) as possible, but definitely within five to ten minutes of shaving (or washing). If you use a moisturiser with UVA / UVB filters or with an SPF, all the better!
The basic structure of the skin is the same although a man’s skin does tend to have a slightly thicker top layer (epidermis). Men also have stronger, thicker facial hair than women and produce more oil (sebum). This excess oil can block the pores and cause blackheads and spots if the skin is not kept clean. There is also the problem of in-growing hairs on the face and neck, caused when hairs grow back on themselves, leaving nasty bumps or spots. A simple shaving and skin care routine will help to keep skin clean and healthy and will go a long way to preventing such problems (see the “HOW TO GET A GREAT SHAVE” tab).
Obviously our Shaving Oils and Serums are less than 100ml so can be taken on a plane as hand luggage. Plus they are really compact so they take up very little space. If you are an AlphaGel or SuperGel Shaving Gel user we recommend GoToob squeezable travel tubes – then you can decant your favourite shaving gel into a GoToob and then you take just the amount you need when you go on holiday, business travel or go to the gym.
Very basically the AlphaOil Shaving Oils (15ml) and Kinexium Shaving Oil (20ml) are very compact and require only 2-3 drops for a great shave and they do not need to be rinsed off your face after shaving.
The Kinexium Shave Serums are larger bottles (50ml) and the serums are more ‘shave gel like’ in their consistency. The bottles are still compact compared to a normal shave gel in a tube or foam in a can (so you can take them on in your hand luggage on an airplane). You only require 2-3 pumps of serum when shaving but like a normal shave gel or foam you must thoroughly rinse the product off your face after shaving.
We have listed some common Prostyle eGrooming range queries below. If your issue is not listed, please contact our Customer Care team.
Remove the battery door located on the lower front half of the device by gently sliding the door downward and away from the power switch. Then insert two (2) AAA batteries into the battery compartment so that the polarity markings (+ / – ) are opposite on each battery (there is a guide on the base of the compartment). The batteries should fit snugly into place. Finally replace the battery compartment cover by gently sliding it back onto the device until it locks securely into place.
For optimum performance, replace the batteries as soon as you notice the device is running slower than normal.
The short answer is “yes”, you can shave pretty much anything with the Bodystyler (except your face – there are other Prostyle products in the range that are designed for facial grooming).
Obviously we recommend you take a great deal of care shaving ‘downstairs’ and we would always recommend use one of the trimmer guides when shaving your scrotum, although this means you may not be 100% smooth (though you would be a lot less hairy!) the guides will help prevent folds of skin being caught in the trimming blades.
For groin areas or your shaft you can just use the trimmer blades with no guides first to remove longer hairs (again, take care and don’t rush) and then use the shaving foil if you wish to be 100% smooth. For best results ensure the skin on the area to be shaved is pulled taut and as flat as possible first at all times.
We suggest using our AlphaOil Sensitive or Kinexium Shaving Oil with the Bodystyler Shaving Foil. As with any electric razor, massage a drop or two into the area to be shaved – it will help prepare the skin and stubble and help leave you feeling moisturised afterwards. We would also recommend you thoroughly moisturise the areas you have shaved as well. Finally we would never recommend using a product with fragrance or menthol in it when shaving your public regions. Stick with our ‘standard’ non-fragranced sensitive products.
We recommend that you use the longer bi-directional trimmer (along with the two supplied guides) for your eyebrows – you can also use this without the guides (and taking extra care) for nose hair. We would not recommend you use the longer trimmer for ears, the shorter rotary trimmer is designed to remove unwanted ear and nose hair.
Usage directions are included in each Multi Styler pack (or click here to view a copy online).
Firstly ensure you are trying to attach the adjustable trimming guide to the late beard and stubble trimmer head.
Before attaching the adjustable trimming guide, adjust the guide length to its longest setting as this makes it easier to attach it to the large beard and stubble trimmer head. To adjust the guide length, press the button on the back of the guide and, whilst the button is held down, you can slide the guide up and down.
We have listed some common subscription queries below. If your issue is not listed, please contact our Customer Care team.
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The Azor 5-Blade and Azor S for Women razors have been replaced by our new Hyperglide System Razor (which is suitable for men and women). We really recommend you upgrade your shave to new Hyperglide. However for the moment you can still order Azor 5-Blade and Azor S for Women bulk buy packs here. The price is the same as it was for one year’s subscription, the only difference is that the handle and cartridges will be delivered in one package.
No. Hyperglide is a brand new design featuring a re-designed and upgraded cartridge, new handle and a different (and improved) cartridge ejection mechanism. So Hyperglide is not compatible with any Azor System Razors or Azor cartridges.
Depending on the Hyperglide subscription plan you choose, you will get either three (3), six (6) or eight (8) 5-blade cartridges per delivery. The frequency of delivery will depend on the shave plan you choose when you place your order.
For Azor subscriptions, you will receive four (4) 4-blade cartridges per delivery and again you can choose the frequency of delivery when you place your subscription order.
If you prefer, you can order a handle and approximately a year’s supply of blades in one-go here. Obviously exactly how long the blades will last will depend on your stubble, shaving method and your choice of shave prep.
Currently you can order one subscription at a time – this is a restriction enforced by our payment gateway. If you wish to order more than one subscription you will need to order and checkout individually for each subscription. We know this is not ideal but it then allows you to administer each sub individually in your account area.
The short answer is “no”. Apologies for this but again limitations imposed by our payment gateway means you cannot mix a subscription and individual products in the same shopping cart.
Once payment has been processed we aim to ship all subscriptions within five (5) working days of receipt. Delivery times are estimated as follows:
UK: Please allow around 3–5 working days.
UK subscriptions are sent by Royal Mail 48 (2nd Class mail). You can read more about deliveries from shave.com here.
Please note: currently subscriptions ordered from shave.com are for UK delivery only.
Currently, to save having to re-subscribe, subscriptions are now set to run indefinitely. However you can cancel at any time via your account page – there you can suspend or cancel your sub directly as well as being able to update address and payment details.
When subscriptions are cancelled you may see the message “pending cancellation” next to your subscription in your account area. Please be assured no more payments will be taken during the pending period and your subscription will automatically be finally cancelled on the anniversary of your last renewal.
If you ask us to cancel your subscription for you please note you will need to give us 30 days’ notice and any subscriptions due in that time will be charged, processed and delivered as normal.
Unfortunately currently you cannot change your subscription plan. If you wish to change it you must first cancel your current subscription on your account page. Once it has been cancelled, you can then take out a new subscription – this will ensure payments are taken correctly from your card and you will then also receive the correct handle required to fit your new subscription’s cartridges.
If you take out your new subscription on or around around the anniversary of your original subscription then your new handle and blades should arrive at a similar time as your previous subscription.
Unfortunately at the moment we cannot alter the frequency of your subscription and nor can we add / remove products to it.
To change your subscription you firstly need to cancel your current one by going to your account page on shave.com and cancelling your current sub.
Then you will need to choose and pay for your new subscription with the appropriate delivery frequency.
Sorry for the run-around on this, we are looking at ways of allowing customers to directly change the frequency and content of subscriptions in the future. As we would need to alter your payments (either the amount or the frequency) currently for your security this can only be done when a new subscription is taken out by the card holder.
No you cannot alter the date of your subscription as we cannot change the billing date for a subscription (sorry). If you really wish to alter the date you will need to cancel your current subscription on your account page and then take out a new one on your preferred renewal date.
You can pause / suspend your subscription at any time via the “My Subscriptions” panel on your account page. There you can also resume a suspended subscription.
You can cancel at any time via your account page – there you can suspend or cancel your subscription directly as well as being able to update address and payment details.
If you ask us to cancel your subscription for you please note you will need to give us 30 days’ notice and any subscriptions due in that time will be charged, processed and delivered as normal.
All our System Razor handles are guaranteed for the lifetime of your subscription. Should your handle ever fail, please fill in our Customer Care Contact Form letting us know the type of razor handle along with your full address and postcode – we’ll get a brand new one sent out to you.
To change your email, billing address or shipping address details, please vist your account page.
Sorry currently our subscriptions can only be delivered to the UK.
Please go to the Lost Password page and enter your username or the email address you used when originally setting up your account and purchasing your subscription – a link allowing you to re-set your password will be sent to the email address we have on record for your account.
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