Which means that I’m probably doing it wrong.
I don’t enjoy shaving. It’s a bind. But I have to do it, because I’m not man enough to grow a beard and I don’t look good with stubble: less like David Beckham and rather more like a tramp on his first day out.
Over the years I’ve tried all different sorts of razors.
I’ve had a range of electric razors, but they are just never as good as a wet shave… despite Victor Kiam’s claims.
A few years ago, Philips brought out an electric shaver that could be used in the shower, giving the best of both worlds. I bought one of them too.
Load of rubbish.
Nothing beats the simplicity and closeness of a wet razor… and there are plenty of them on the market to choose from.
Over the years, I have vacillated between the two main protagonists, Gillette and Wilkinson Sword, as each bought out their latest multi-bladed, swivel-headed, contoured razor, costing stupid amounts of money. And then I’d swap again, once I’d seen the extortionate price of the new blades. Wilkinson Sword even brought one out that had 5 blades.
Five! The head was so big, it felt like shaving with the spine of a paperback book against your face!
And then there’s all the different soaps and creams that can be used to lather up the beard in readiness.
I remember buying a tiny, tiny little bottle of shaving OIL for 8 quid, after reading in a men’s magazine how this was the very bestest thing for a close shave. Didn’t seem to make any difference to me. At all.
I’ve tried creams and soaps and foams from all the different manufacturers, and they are all much of a muchness.
But, I’ve finally hit upon a winning formula (well, for me, anyway).
Lasts me three months that lot does.
And my face is as soft as a baby’s shaved bum.