I've been shaving a long time for someone my age. Started when I was 15 and haven't stopped since. For the past 8 years there's always been 3 essential components to my shaving kit
- shaving cream
- that searing liquid fire known as after shave
Today I've brought it down to two.
This isn't a new shocking and recent development, but rather something that's been a long time coming. Since the beginning I've always had issues with shaving cream: foam or gel? a general sliminess after shaving, not being able to see what I'm shaving, all the mess and cleanup, applying the shaving cream, getting gross hands, the list goes on and on.
And then I thought to myself, is all this extra hassle really necessary? We have multibladed razors that can cut through tin cans, but I need a centimeter of this gunk on my face so it can cut through some little hairs. Let's be realistic now. It's obvious that we've all succumbed to the massive propaganda matrix orchestrated by the combined power of Gilette and their cronies. Ok maybe not, but people do get pretty flabbergasted when you bring up the suggestion of forgoing the cream in their shaving routine. Myself included.
And I'm happier for it.
I did a trial run a couple of days ago when I wanted to get rid of some light growth, and found some early success. But it wasn't until this morning that I did my usual morning routine and completely did away with the gel when taking off my 2-day's worth of growth. I didn't use a brand new razor, the blades have been in use for a couple of weeks now, and I just used water from the tap. When I made that first stroke on that delicate area above the lip I had prepared myself for the most calamitous of results my own headstrong foolishness washed away in a sea of blood and irritation. But it went smoothly, very smoothly again. I tested fate once more by shaving against the grain
on my lip, still smooth.
And smooth is the name of the game, as when all was said and done, I've never had a closer shave in my life.
I have rid myself of all the downsides of that useless goop, and discovered an amazing secret, a bonus, I got a closer shave. As George Costanza said so eloquently "This is like discovering plutonium by accident."
Accident indeed. Thanks a lot Gilette.
All that being said, you'll have to pry away my Aqua Velva Cool Blue from my cold dead hands.