• How to Exfoliate for a Better Shave


    “Exfoliate” is a term you’ve probably heard before but perhaps never put into practice. Well, stop not doing it. It’s good for you.

    And it will help you get a better shave, which is why we’re all here.

    The Perfect Pre-Shave Solution
    Exfoliating, (removing dead cells from the surface of skin), can give you a better shave because it unclogs pores and exposes hair follicles. This prevents ingrown hairs and acne, and helps shaving blades get closer to the skin.

    So that smooth, clean look you want starts with exfoliation and ends with a Remington shaver (but you already knew that).

    So what’s the best way to exfoliate?
    Some facial cleanser formulas include exfoliating ingredients, ranging from chemical (salicylic or glycolic acid) to physical (crushed shells or pumice).

    Use these types of washes 2-3 times per week. That’s the sweet spot for keeping skin clear without irritating it and defeating the entire reason you started exfoliating in the first place. (You will start, right?)   

    The same goes for using a tool like exfoliating gloves, motorized scrubbers, or a good old-fashioned washcloth. Be gentle your skin will be happy.

    Finding the best method for your skin may take some experimentation. In general, if your skin is sensitive you should start out with a chemical exfoliator and see how your face reacts. Conversely, if your face can take a beating it may require a physical tool to get in there and clean things up.

    Routine
    Find the right mix of daily cleaning and deeper exfoliating and your shave will improve dramatically. Clean skin leads to a smooth shave. And that, of course, leads to you looking your best and finally accomplishing all of your dreams. So, just start exfoliating already.
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  • Wet Shave vs. Dry Shave

    The beauty of Remington® WETech™ electric shavers is the level of comfort they deliver. You can use them with foam and gel, or in the shower or in the bathtub (if you still do that) or in a rainstorm (live a little). They’re 100% waterproof, so you can pretty much go wild with them.

    Some guys prefer a dry shave, which is the bread and butter of every Remington electric shaver. Fast and efficient, a dry shave gets the job done right with no wasted motions.

    So which method is better?

    In the end, that’s up to you and your face. We’ve assembled a few things to keep in mind when choosing a wet or dry shave. Choose accordingly.

    Hair Type
    Beard hair differs drastically from guy to guy. Straight and smooth, thick and curly—it makes a big difference for shaving performance.

    Shaving cream usually works best for thicker facial hair because the hair remains coarse enough to be captured by the electric shaving blades, while the skin stays protected and comfortable underneath.

    Thin hairs can get lost in all that foam, making them difficult to trim. So it can be more effective to shave dry when your facial hair is fine or smooth. But if your skin gets irritated, don’t hesitate to go with a lightweight cream or gel.

    Skin Type
    The main reason to use shaving cream is to prevent irritation of the skin. If your face is more on the sensitive side (no shame there), it’s best to use some type of cream or gel when you shave.

    If you’ve got a face of steel that defies all irritations and breakouts, you need never fear shaving dry. You can handle it. (Not that it’s THAT tough, but still.)

    Schedule
    For morning people, a wet shave is no problem. Take your time with a nice face steam to open those pores, then lather up a thick layer of moisturizing foam before gliding your favorite WETech™ shaver all over your soon-to-be-smooth mug. (Sounds dreamy, no?)

    What’s that? Don’t want to wake up five minutes early? Stick to the dry shave, my man. It’s quick and easy and gets you out the door and on your way. No fuss, no muss. You’re still lookin’ awesome.

    Take these factors into account when deciding between wet and dry electric shaving. It just might shave your life.

     

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  • Shaving On The Go

    Whether you’re on vacation or traveling for work, it can be difficult to maintain your tried and true shaving routine on the road.

    You can’t take most shaving blades on an airplane anymore. Plus, it can be a pain to pack your shaving cream, which usually comes in a bottle or can that’s over the 3.4-ounce limit for liquids on an airplane.

    So if you haven’t tried one before, check out an electric shaver for your travel schedule.


    Here’s why:

    TSA-compliant
    You can pack any electric shaver in your carry-on, and won’t have to worry about being detained for trying to sneak on a safety razor.

    Compact
    No need to worry about all the little accessories for wet shaving that can get lost in your bag. An electric shaver is compact and durable, and can go with you just about anywhere. Remington has a compact foil shaver made especially for travel.

    No mess, and fast
    Say you didn’t account for the time change and now you’ve only got five minutes to get ready for your early meeting. An electric shaver goes to work immediately—no shave cream or gel required. You can quickly move it around your face and get the clean, crisp look you need to stand out from the crowd. 

    Long battery life
    Electric shavers with Lithium batteries inside can provide up to 60 minutes of cordless runtime. That means you won’t have to bother with packing the charging cord, and you’ll get to enjoy a great shave for your entire trip.

    Travel accessories
    Most Remington shavers come with accessories made specifically for the traveling man. The SmartEdge includes a charging base that doubles as a travel case. It shields the power button to prevent the shaver from turning on in your luggage and draining the battery.

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  • The 3 Shaving Moves Most Guys Forget

    You shave pretty much every day, and with that much practice you might think you’ve got your routine perfected by now.

    But you don’t. (Probably.)

    See, most guys have the basics down: Warm water to open the pores, shave with the grain, moisturize after, etc. But unless you’ve got one of those weird magnifying mirrors or 2,000-watt lightbulbs in your bathroom, chances are you’re missing some important areas of your face during your daily shave.

    Take a look at the three most common spots guys miss when shaving, and make sure you focus on the details for your next shave.

    Under the Nose
    Protruding nose hair is a problem on its own, but the mustache hair that’s right under your nose also tends to be forgotten.

    Don’t be ashamed, it can be tricky to see with your nose casting a shadow over the area. Plus, it can be tough to get your shaver into that nook to get a close cut. The answer is the popup trimmer on the back of the Verso shaving system.

    The precision trimming blades can reach any spot, and they’ll quickly clean away those stray whiskers to leave your upper lip completely smooth. Just extend your philtrum as far as you can, and let the trimmer do its thing.

    Around the Mouth
    The very edge of your mouth can be home to short, prickly hairs. For some guys, (even those who have dark facial hair), these hairs are blond or white and therefore difficult to see and to shave.

    The best way to take care of them is to slightly open your mouth and skew it all the way to either side. This will stretch the skin enough so a rotary or foil shaver can get close to the skin and trim away the stubborn, pointy hairs. (Whoever you’re kissing will be thankful.)

    Under the Chin
    This is a broad area and it differs from guy to guy based on the shape of his face and jawline. But generally, you’re bound to miss some hairs right underneath your chin and the area beyond your jawline.

    Once again, it can be difficult to properly see these spots on first look because your head casts a shadow over them. You’ll need to angle your head to be able to identify, locate, and neutralize them. (Those are harsh words for shaving, but they sound cool, right?)

    A good electric shaver like the triple-head rotary attachment for Verso makes it easy to take care of the trouble spots along your jawline. The compact power base maneuvers into almost any area, and then the premium shaver head gets close to give you a total shave with no hairs left behind.

    Problem solved.
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  • Shave+Groom+Cleanse with Verso

    We’re excited to announce the brand-new Verso grooming tool. We made it for guys who want to advance their style game and shave some time off their morning routine.

    Check it out below. And just imagine all the ways this will make strangers jealous of your immaculate face. Yeah, it’s that powerful.

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  • Wet Shave vs Dry Shave

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  • Electric Shaver Maintenance

    One of the benefits of using an electric shaver is that it lasts much longer than traditional wet blades.

    Even better, you can further prolong the life of your electric foil or rotary shaver by taking a few seconds to clean it on occasion.

    When a man cares for his tools, they care for him right back. (Or something like that.)

    So follow these easy tips to get the most out of your Remington electric shaver.

    Daily Cleaning
    On both our rotary and foil shavers, you can easily detach the metal screens to gain access to the cutting assemblies beneath. This lets you clear out all the whisker clippings that have been transferred from your face into the shaver.

    Just take off the top and gently tap the side of the shaver to dislodge all the whiskers.

    Your daily growth rate determines how often you’ll need to do this, but it won’t hurt to do a quick cleaning after every shaving session.

    Weekly Cleaning
    An occasional deeper cleaning can extend the life of your shaver.

    With the shaver head removed, use the included micro-brush (or any small brush) to clear out any shavings that may have wedged themselves into the small grooves of the motor or cutting assembly.

    With a rotary shaver, you can take apart the smaller pieces of the rotary heads to completely remove any collected hairs. The pieces are color-coded on our newest rotaries so you can get everything back in place when you’re done cleaning.

    For foil shavers, take extra time to brush out the foils themselves (on the removable shaver head). Hairs can easily get stuck in there and take away from shaving performance.

    You can even get water involved. Most of our shavers feature WETech, so you can use as much water pressure as you want to wash away those stubborn whiskers. (Just keep it out of the dishwasher. That’s gross, anyway.)

    Replacement
    As with many things in life, sometimes you just need a fresh start.

    We recommend that you completely change out the shaving head every 12-18 months. (Replacement parts are available on our website.)

    You’ll know when you need a fresh set of foils or rotaries if you’re experiencing skin irritation or if the shaver isn’t performing as well as it normally does. And once you pop on that fresh shaving assembly, you’ll feel like you’ve been reborn (because your face will be as soft and smooth as a baby’s you-know-what).
     
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  • How to Prevent Shaving Breakouts

    The ability to grow a beard usually indicates that you’ve finally said goodbye to annoying teenage acne.

    But when it comes time to shave that beard, you can run into a new set of problems that cause irritation and breakouts. Regularly running a blade over your face can irritate follicles by blocking them with oil and dead skin, which causes bumps and pimples.  

    Here’s how to prevent that from happening:


    Prep for shaving
    If you’ve ever been told that it’s best to shave after a warm shower, you’re listening to smart people. Steam opens up pores, allowing you to clean out oil and residue that can cause breakouts. It also softens hairs and makes them easier to trim.

    So give your face a quick, warm wash before every shave and you’re way ahead in the breakout-prevention game.


    Wash your tools
    Your shaver, your shave brush (if you’ve got one), and your hands (those are your most useful tools)—all of these should be washed and dried before every shave.

    A shaver can pick up different bacteria in between uses and transfer them to your skin during shaving. An easy way to prevent this is to wash your shaver head with hot water or even a quick dunk into rubbing alcohol.

    And don’t forget your hands. They should be washed thoroughly and dried so you can accurately glide your shaver around your face and get a feel for how close you’re shaving.


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  • Should You Use Aftershave?

    Daily shaving takes away more than just your stubble and whiskers. It can also strip your face of moisture and leave your skin prone to irritation and damage.

    So what’s the best way to replenish your skin after a shave? Despite its name, aftershave may not be the best answer.

    Alongside the bold scent it delivers, aftershave’s main purpose is to prevent any nicks and cuts from becoming infected. It does this using alcohol.

    But the problem there is that your skin needs both protection and nourishment following a shave. Aftershave disinfects, but it does nothing to restore moisture and hydration to your skin.

    Lotions and Balms
    A better post-shave routine involves lotions and balms. (Balms are typically a little thicker than lotions.) They’re water or oil based, and they contain moisturizers and vitamins that replenish and protect skin. Some even have sunblock, which you probably should wear daily anyway.

    Worried you’ll lose your signature scent if you make the switch? Don’t be. Most post-shave balms and lotions have subtle masculine scents that hang around on your face while the moisturizers do their work. So you’re all set there.

    Next time you shave, reach for balms and lotions that work with your skin type to protect, soothe, and nourish. If you can’t quite bring yourself to give up the aftershave completely, try applying lotion on top of it. Your skin will thank you.
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August 2016
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