The Craftsmanship of the Perfect Shave

Rule 4: Use High-Quality Materials

Craftsmen don't skimp on inadequate materials. They refuse to put their time and effort into projects that won't stand the test of time. They don't necessarily always go for the top-of-the-line, latest-and-greatest fad products, but they certainly don't use flimsy, poor-performing materials.
How does this apply to shaving? You'll probably do best with products that are designed for shaving. For instance, you'll get better results with shaving cream or gel, compared with soap and water. Yes, it costs a bit more, and you'll have more bottles and tubes to deal with, but you'll be happier with the final product. We're not going to recommend any specific products or regimens, for exactly the same reason we wouldn't recommend a specific razor. What works great for one man might be terrible for the next.
If your products are working for you, keep using them. But, if you feel there's room for improvement, perhaps consider trying some of the new "advanced" shaving products out there. It's certainly worth a try.

Rule 5: Finish the Job

Craftsmen stick with the job until the job is completed. They don't leave loose ends. They value the work they've already done, and they don't let boredom, haste, or penny-pinching get in the way of finishing the task.
Same goes for shaving. Don't just give your face a quick rinse and run out the door. Finish the job by applying a post-shave product. For some men, a classic aftershave splash will be great. However, these products are often a bit too drying for some skin types and some climates. If you find this to be the case, patting on a bit of moisturizer is a good idea.

Yes, You Can Become a Master Craftsman

Ever seen a do-it-yourself mud-and-tape job on a drywall project? It's not a pretty sight, and it makes you appreciate the skill of an experienced drywall expert. For most types of projects, it's almost impossible for "average Joe" guys to become master craftsmen, mainly because they simply don't have constant access and practice to that type of work. For instance, unless you do it for a living, you will probably only have a few opportunities to finish drywall, and you'll likely never get any good at it.
However, shaving is different. Why? Because you have a chance to practice and improve every day. You have many chances to try new products, new techniques, new regimens, and new razors. The perfect shave is within your grasp. Yes, it may take a bit of experimenting, but you do not have to settle for irritation, stubble, and bumps. You can craft the perfect shave. 
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