One area that we get asked about a lot is the need for a shaving brush. Lot's of people just use their hands, it's easier and doesn't cost money - we get that. So, is it actually worth your while to get a shaving brush and use it? Hell to the yes!
Hands do an ok job of spreading the lather out, but if your skin is sensitive, want better skin, or would like the closest, smoothest shave possible, then the shaving brush should be one of the first investments you make in upgrading your gear.
Let's break it down for you.
Badger hair brushes (the best kind) are water porous- this means that they take up the warm water into the bristles. When the bristle brush is swooshed around the shaving soap, the warm water is mixed with the soap to create a richer, thicker lather. This will do a far better job of cushioning your skin than the thin, runny lather you achieve with your hands.
When the shaving brush is applied to your face in small circular motions the bristles have a natural exfoliating effect. This means that they will slough off any dead skins cells as they move along. This has a couple of benefits - it will brighten up acne prone skin, but will also freshen up maturing skin. Just as importantly, in removing the dead skin cells you'll get a far smoother shave as the dead skin won't clog up the blades, keeping them sharper for longer.
Finally, the action of using the shaving brush will lift the hair away from the skin and soften it at the same time. This will allow you to get much closer to the skin each stroke, and also prevents hair from laying down and passing under the blade. A closer shave on the first pass means that you need to do less passes and your skin will be less irritated, while the whole shave will be much quicker.
So, it's safe to say, shaving brushes do a better job, hands down. Ha!
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