Can You Shave With Just Water?

I’m sure you have been wondering if it is possible to get a good shave without the use of shaving cream.

The short answer is YES.

The long answer is that it takes a little practice and you will never get as close as you would with shaving cream. If you are out camping, stuck in the mountains with just water, or just left your can at home then you will have to rely on this old-school trick.

Follow the following 5 steps to get a close shave using just water.

1. Start by Wetting Your Face With Water

This is the most important step to shaving with just water. If your face isn’t wet enough then the blade will not be able to glide across your skin smoothly.

However, you can make this step even more important by ensuring that you hydrate your skin before applying any razor to it. You want to give your pores time to absorb the water and expand. This allows for a closer shave and prevents nicks and cuts.

2. Apply A Blade To The Area You Want To Shave

You want to have a light hand when shaving with just water. You are not going to get as close of a shave using this method so you will only need a minimal amount of pressure.

Also, try to keep your razor at a 30-degree angle. If you are applying too much pressure then the razor won’t be able to glide across your skin without scratching or cutting it.

3. Shave The Area

Now that you have applied a razor to the area and made sure it is wet enough you will be able to shave. You want to go with the grain of your hair.

This means that if your hair grows downward then you want to shave downwards as well. If your hair grows upward then you should shave upwards as well.

If you aren’t sure then it is always safe to go with the grain. If you do not know what the grain is then try a small area of your face and see if any hair comes out afterward or if there are any red bumps.

You will want to shave in small sections so that you can keep up on all parts of your face.

4. Rinse The Area and Repeat

Rinse your razor after each stroke to remove hair and shaving cream.

You may need to make three passes in order to get all the hair. If you do not, then go over the area one or two more times until all of the hair is gone. Then rinse your face again and pat it dry with a towel.

5. Apply A Moisturizing Lotion

After shaving with just water you will probably notice that your skin is a little dry.

That is why you should apply a moisturizing lotion to it. This will help replenish the moisture and also help prevent razor burn and red bumps. You can use an after-shave balm as well or simply apply a little bit of lotion.

Conclusion

Shaving with just water is not as close to a shave as when you use shaving cream. It is possible to get good results but you will need some practice in order to master it.

Also, this method does not work for everyone so you should try it on your face first before using it anywhere else on your body.

There are also many other alternatives to shaving cream. You can use a hair conditioner or even soap. So, you don’t always need shaving creams.

About the Author

Hi, I’m M and I’m the owner of Manscipated. I created this website for one reason and one reason only; to dispense clear, straight-forward men’s hygiene tips. No fluff. No BS. If you like what I have to say (or if you disagree), feel free to drop a line. I will respond (and play nice!).

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