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The best way to finish off a shave – The Big Chill!

Everyone who shaves, is always looking for a more efficient and effective way to achieve a close and comfortable one. So I thought it would be a great idea to share a video of a post-shave step that I frequently practice at home after most shaves.

Now, ideally this step works best after the shower, however if you’re a shave-1st-then-shower kind of guy, the results can be close to the same depending on how long it takes for you to shave.

I call this step the Big Chill, and this it how it works!.

(1) Prior to getting into the shower, wet a hand towel under cold water, roll it up and wring it out, so it is moist (not soaked). Then while it’s still rolled, toss it into the freezer just before you jump into the shower.

(2) After the shower, shave (see my Quick & Classic Shaving Tips), then get the towel from the freezer. The towel will be hard and slightly frozen on the outside, so unroll the towel, to expose a moist but very cool center.

(3) Apply that portion of the towel to your freshly shaven face, and hold it for 10+ seconds.

Feel good? Well, it should!

Since an after-shave works best when the pores are completely closed, this step seals the deal at not only doing just that but also cooling the shaved area quicker than a splash of cold water. Your newly cool and dry face will be ready for the application of your favorite after shave.

Give it a try, and let me know how it works for you!

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5 Comments

  1. Aaron W June 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    A fantastic way to cool down in the summer! It feels amazing no doubt about it!

    Another thing to try is adding a few drops of essential oil to the center of the towel for a refreshing scent as your face warms the towel.

  2. The_hair_cutter March 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Love the site Craig

  3. Robert March 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This is the simplest and most remarkable way to reduce or prevent irritation!

  4. Richard July 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I always rub an alum block on my wet face after rinsing with cold water after my shave. Would I use the alum block before or after the cold towel?

    • Craig the Barber July 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Great question Richard! The alum block would work best before the cold towel. This way the cold towel is the last step before your shave balm.

      Thanks for the comment!

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