Why preshave

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hi I have been to the bottom of this page and can't find out why you would need to preshave, so how do determine that you need to do it ?

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User's choice, at the end of the day. I've recently introduced myself to pre-shave after deciding I was getting too much irritation in places (though that's probably down to use error, as well).

In short, it provides extra protection/slickness from the blade. Some people swear by it, some people will have nothing to do with it. Preparation is where you'll notice a big difference, and technique of course.

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Blademonkey

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The only pre shave I use is the small amount of "Bloom water" of the top of my soap before I lather my soap.
It would only get wasted otherwise, I don't know if it helps much but I don't like to just throw it down the plug hole! :)
 
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Myrsol Emulsion improves any shave I have whether before or after. The late Mr Myrsol even used it for shaving. Applied prior to shaving and left to soak in for a moment or two I feel it assists to prep my skin and adds to razor glide, which is already good when I use Myrsol blue or 1912 soaps. But that's a very personal and subjective viewpoint.

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If skin irritation and related problems aren't issues you may not discern any benefits. If they are you may. I use DIY oils all the time and enjoy the benefits.

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Would baby oil be of any benefit as a pre shave?

As a newbie I would be intrigued to know the answer.
My hesitations would be the residue it could leave not only on your basin, your brush and perhaps fill your pores with grease?
 
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Good point really! Because I watched a few videos before diving in I bought a pre shave oil, have not tried shaving without it, I am a blatant commercial sucker, if I'm told I need it I buy it.
Tomorrow's shave I will try without it.
Report back later.
 
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Never understood the need or got into the regimen of using one? An additional step that makes the shave longer than needed.

Hot shower is all I do, not even a hot flannel before lather.
 
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But what does it do that a decent lather doesn't offer? You will have to be careful in the mix as some oils will clog the razor or make the lather sub par and break down.

Is it a product designed for the sake of marketing and sales?
 
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I sometimes apply some Noxzema cleansing cream before lathering as that improves slickness. It's the only thing that has made any difference whatsoever, everything else in terms of oils or creams has been pretty pointless.
 
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But what does it do that a decent lather doesn't offer? You will have to be careful in the mix as some oils will clog the razor or make the lather sub par and break down.

Is it a product designed for the sake of marketing and sales?
Oils have been used a lot longer than soaps. They provide moisturizing and skin protection benefits which soaps may or may not sufficiently provide for your skin type (don't know how many times this needs to be repeated). I use DIY oils ,I've never had a problem with razors clogging, or with lathering for that matter.

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I sometimes apply some Noxzema cleansing cream before lathering as that improves slickness. It's the only thing that has made any difference whatsoever, everything else in terms of oils or creams has been pretty pointless.
Yes, I've tried a few pre-shave products and found that they made no discernible difference, other than having to wash the greasiness off your hand(s) before picking up the razor, leaving an oily film on the water and a scum line in the washbasin.
 
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What, you need a shower and hot towel? Do you sing show tunes in the shower?

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Well I had my first de shave without any pre shave last night, a very hurried affair because I was late back in and had a table booked at a restaurant over twenty miles away. Just showered, soaped up with tabac and got stuck in, two pass with touch up.
Could tell no difference whatsoever, so that part will now probably be dropped from my routine.
 
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