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 ?

Thanks
 
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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.

Hope this helps! (I swear I'm not following you around the forum...)
 

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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.

JohnnyO. o/
 
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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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