FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

If socks and ties no longer cut it, and you need some inspirational fathers day gift ideas to show your dad how appreciated he is, we’ve just the answer.

Shaving can often become an everyday chore, but it’s hard to tire in the event of whipping up a lather with a shaving brush and smelling the luxurious fragrances available. Learning or reviving the skill of using traditional shaving equipment used by his father or grandfather can be very enjoyable, bringing a sense of tradition and connection to years past.

STRAIGHT RAZORS
Straight Razor – Gift IdeaStraight razors are seeing a huge increase in popularity. Taking time out in the morning to clear your mind with a classic straight razor shave can work wonders to relax and set yourself up for the day. The gift of the closest shaves possible is sure to be unforgettable and a classic shaving piece that, with proper care, will last a lifetime.
GROOMING KITS
Male Grooming Kit – Father’s DayIf your dad washes his face with a bar of hand soap and whizzes an electric razor over his face, one of our ready made grooming kits will help him feel like a new man. A dedicated face wash formulated for men’s skin will leave him feeling fresh and invigorated. A post-shave moisturiser will soothe the skin, and leave it incredibly soft. For wet shavers, a shaving brush can make the world of difference. A shaving brush creates a rich, lubricating lather which softens and lifts the beard for an extra close shave.

SAFETY RAZORS
Safety Razors – Fathers Day Gift IdeasA traditional wet shave can often solve common shaving problems such as razor burn and ingrown hairs, as well as a close shave. Starting the morning off with a great shave will leave your father feeling clean, alert and confident. Rather than being sold a shaving system, select the razor blade that best suits the beard type. Ditch the generic canned goo, for a wide range of shaving creams which contain ingredients to soften the beard, lubricate the skin and leave it feeling moisturised. Available in a range of scents from classic cologne based fragrances to traditional rose or almond.

HOW TO GET YOUR CLOSEST EVER SHAVE

Beard hair is as tough as copper wire of the same thickness so preparation is key to removing tough stubble. If you’re serious about a close shave wetshaving is the answer – it not only gives you more effective shaves but better looking skin too.

  1. Shower before you shave to help soften the hairs. If you need to shave without taking a shower, wash your face with hot water and facial cleanser to remove oil and sweat which can prevent the beard from absorbing water. Water softens the hair for more effective cutting and the steam opens up pores in your skin and relaxes your facial muscles.
  2. Apply a shaving cream or shaving soap to further soften the beard hair, lubricate the skin and improve razor glide. We stock a wide range of shaving preparations to suit your skin type and your scent preferences.
  3. Use a shaving brush to develop a thicker, richer, more emollient shaving lather than can be made with fingers. Shaving brushes remove dead skin from your face before shaving, which prevents the blade getting bogged down. Finally, brushing lifts your beard, exposing the maximum whisker length to your blade.
  4. Use a quality razor with a light touch. Shaving aficionados will use nothing other than a double-edge safety razor which can not only provide closer and more comfortable shaves, but replacement blades cost just pence! A good razor will be well weighted requiring no additional pressure to work well. Shave in the direction of beard growth – it varies across the face so be sure to follow it.
  5. Toughest ’til last. Leaving the toughest hair – around the lips and chin – until last allow the beard more time to absorb the water and cream to soften.
  6. Rinse. Rinse the blade as you go to prevent build up of hair on the blade edges which can impair performance. Rinse your face with cold water to close the pores following the shave and pat dry with a towel.
  7. Protect the skin. Shaving removes several layers of skin so it’s wise to help soothe the skin by applying an after-shave balm or moisturiser to replenish and protect your exposed skin.

GETTING STARTED WITH STRAIGHT RAZOR SHAVING

More and more people are becoming interested in shaving with straight razors, with reasons ranging from getting a better shave, shaving as a hobby to intrigue. We don’t offer a starter kit for the simple reason that everybody’s needs and wants are different.

STRAIGHT RAZOR ESSENTIALS

STRAIGHT RAZOR
There’s a razor for every budget but the key differences lie in the blade and the handle (also known as scales) decoration. The range of straight razors encompasses anything from plastic handled, carbon steel razors through to mammoth ivory and hand forged Damascus steel blades. When starting out it can be wise not to buy the most expensive straight razor, after all you may not get on with it. As a beginner look out for a carbon steel blade – these are easier to keep sharp and tend to be less expensive than stainless steel blades.

STROP
Straight razors require stropping (or whetting) before and after use to keep it sharp. A double sided leather/canvas hanging strop aligns and straightens the edge of the razor.

STROP PASTE
There are a range of strop pastes, which have different properties, from abrasive to conditioning. Yellow strop paste should be used on your everyday strop to condition and maintain the leather. N.B. Abrasive pastes should not be used on your everyday strop.

ALUM BLOCK
Shaving nicks should be expected while learning. Alum blocks have antiseptic and astringent properties to help close pores, reduce razor burn and stop minor bleeds.

PATIENCE
There can be a lot to take on board when taking up shaving with a straight – shaving technique, stropping technique, honing technique and for collectors, razor restoration. Mastering shaving with a straight razor is a richly rewarding experience.

STRAIGHT RAZOR LUXURIES

HONE
Stropping can maintain the razor edge, but over time the blade will dull and need to be honed every 3 to 6 months. There are honemeisters in the UK who are able to hone your razor, but you’ll be without your razor for a week or so. Purchasing a honing stone, such as the Norton 4000/8000 hone will enable you to hone your own razors at your convenience. There is a steep learning curve and we would recommend purchasing some cheap, used razors on ebay to practice with as the blade can be damaged, if honed incorrectly.

SHAVING BRUSH
A good quality shaving brush adds greatly to the shaving experience. Shaving brushes help exfoliate the skin, lift the beard and whilst coating them with the softening lather of a shaving cream or soap.

STAINLESS STEEL STRAIGHT RAZOR
A stainless steel blade holds a sharp edge for longer but is more difficult to hone, if this is a task you take on yourself.

ADDITIONAL RAZORS
There are a huge range of razors to choose from including custom razors and seven-day sets. You may opt to stick with one, like a favourite pair of slippers or have an extra special one for occasional use. Having additional razors extends the period of time between honing and provides a back up should you damage one send one to be honed.

FURTHER INFORMATION
There are a number of excellent online shaving communities that offer lots of information and advice. These include:
Straight Razor Place
Badger and Blade
Shave My Face

MERKUR SAFETY RAZOR COMPARISON

Razor Length Handle Length Weight Adjustable Agressiveness

(1-5)

Merkur Travel Razor 74mm 66mm 45g No 2
Merkur 1904 83mm 75mm 66g No 2
Merkur HD 84mm 75mm 76g No 2
Merkur Slant 83mm 75mm 75g No 5
Merkur Progress 90mm 77mm 90g Yes 2-4
Merkur Classic Long Handle 105mm 98mm 55g No 2
Merkur Barber Pole HD 101mm 93mm 110g No 2
Merkur Barber Pole Slant 101mm 93mm 110g No 5
Merkur Futur 109mm 95mm 123g Yes 2-4
Merkur Vision 121mm 105mm 123g Yes 1-5

Please note: Razor measurements and weights are approximate and may vary with manufacturing tolerances.

MEN’S SKINCARE INGREDIENTS

More and more of us are taking an interest in the ingredients that we use on and in our bodies. Below are some of the ingredients found in men’s skin care products on Timothy Edwards Male Grooming.

Acacia An herb with significant anti-inflammatory properties.
Algin A seaweed extract rich in minerals and helps retain moisture on the skin’s surface.
Allatoin An antioxidant, which help fight off the free-radicals that damage skin and speed the aging process.
Aloe Vera A skin soother, healer, repairer and collagen booster. Aloe Vera calms irritation and promotes skin vitality. With a pH almost identical to human skin, it acts as a powerfully effective moisturiser and counters the effects signs of aging.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid AHAs, as they are commonly known, are derived from natural foodstuffs such as citrus fruits, apples, milk and sugar. Alpha hydroxy acids help to shed dead skin cells and stimulate the skin’s natural cell regeneration. Also, removes the fine lines, brown spots, impurities, blackheads, dry patches, oil, etc. from the uppermost layers of the epidermis.
Avocado Oil Valued for its regenerative and moisturising properties Avocado Oil infuses the skin with protein, without leaving an oily film.
Bentonite A white clay that absorbs dirt and excess oil from the surface of the skin, clearing pores.
Biotin A member of the B vitamin family, helps to maintain healthy skin.
Caffeine Extract Anti-inflammatory benefits can quickly minimize redness and puffiness.
Camphor Found in wood of the camphor laurel, a large evergreen tree, it is soothing to the skin.
Carnosine An anti-oxidant and anti-irritant that boosts collagen.
Ceramides Helps regenerate skin cells by improving moisture retention and protecting against collagen breakdown.
Chamomile Extract A herb extract that benefits both hair and skin.
Cola Nitida Also known as kola nut, works to help boost cell circulation.
Comfrey Extract A protective astringent that heals sores, bruises and abrasions. Contains – allantoin – a powerful cell proliferator.
Cucumber Extract Attracts and holds moisture to hydrate the skin.
Diatomaceous earth Small silica particles derived from prehistoric plants that stimulate circulation, a very mild abrasive used to remove dead skin and absorb water and oil.
Ethlene/Acryline Acid Copolymer Diminishes the look of fine lines on the skin. .
Gingko A tree extract with soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Cures circulatory disorders of the skin by increasing the amount of available oxygen.
Ginseng A plant extract well known for its conditioning and rejuvenating properties.
Glycerin Creates a super-slick surface to prevent irritation from razor drag, fills in the intercellular matrix and attracts moisture to your skin.
Glycolic Acid An alpha hydroxy acid found in sugar cane that encourages the growth of new skins cells and improves the skin’s appearance and texture. Weakens the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together to reveal the underlying skin.
Grape Seed Extract A potent and powerful anti-oxidant with 50-times the power of Vitamin E and 20-times the power of Vitamin C. Smoothes and helps heal skin by strengthening capillaries, reducing inflammation and offering natural UVB protection.
Grapefruit Extract A cooling and anti-inflammatory ingredient.
Hazelnut Extract Soothes, heals and firms skin.
Hyaluronic Acid A chemical naturally found in human skin that locks in moisture and maintains softness.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten A protein which moisturizes and smoothes the skin’s surface, acting as an emollient.
Irish Moss Extract An antioxidant that helps to heal the skin.
Jojoba An effective moisturiser rich in vitamins E & A.
Lactic Acid An Alpha Hydroxy Acid made from milk.
Lavender A calming & soothing plant with effective cleansing and antibacterial properties.
Lemon Oil A counter-irritant, astringent and disinfectant that helps to restore the skin’s natural pH.
Licorice Extract Helps to treat acne and works to calm the skin with anti-inflammatory & soothing properties. Also helps to brighten and even skin tone.
Linalool Constituent of lavender oil, known for its soothing, calming properties.
Linden Extract An anti-inflammatory agent that is also used as an astringent.
Macadamia Nut Oil A natural moisturizer that contains magnesium and thiamine (vitamin B-1).
Malic Acid An Alpha Hydroxy Acid made from apples.
Nettle Extract Rich in nutrients, helps stimulate hair growth and fights against thinning.
Oat Proteins A protein with moisture-retention properties that is especially easy for skin to absorb.
Panthenol Softens the surface of the skin and helps prevent post-shave swelling.
Passion Flower Extract Softens the surface of the skin and helps prevent post-shave swelling.
Paullina Cupana Seed Extract Helps to work as an antibacterial, antioxidant, astringent and stimulant to the skin.
Peppermint Extract A stimulating & revitalising agent that soothes and cools the skin.
Pro-Vitamin B5 Softens, soothes and moisturizes the skin.
Pycnogenol® An anti-oxidant extracted from pine tree bark that strengthens capillaries and oxygenates red blood cells. Provides the skin with the nutrients needed to produce and heal collagen and elastin
Rice Peptides Helps inhibits the breakdown of collagen that result in wrinkling, loss of thickness and premature aging.
Rose Extract Rich in antioxidants. Soothes inflamed skin and strengthens capillaries. Known for its cleansing and astringent properties.
Safflower Seed Oil A natural moisturizer and skin lubricant – used in shaving oil.
Sage Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Sage cleans and purifies the skin by normalizing surface oils.
Salicylic Acid An antiseptic and antibacterial agent taken from wintergreen oil that works as a topical anesthetic to decrease itching and redness.
Sesame Oil Conditions the hair and helps it to retain moisture.
Soybean Oil Skin conditioner and moisturizer.
Soybean Protein Helps skin retain moisture. Also strengthens hair cuticles to prevent breakage.
Tea Tree Oil A natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, fungicide.
Tomato and Barley Extract Mimics the skin’s natural lipids and controls moisture loss.
Triple Alpha Hydroxy Acids A combination of glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from milk) and malic acid (from apples) that works to remove the dirt, oil, dandruff, etc. from the hair and scalp.
Vitamin A An anti-oxidant that soothes and rejuvenates skin.
Vitamin C A natural anti-oxidant that helps rejuvenate and restore the skin by encouraging collagen production and improving capillary health.
Vitamin E An anti-oxidant that soothes and rejuvenates skin.
Wheat Amino Acids Helps protect hair from heat styling damage.
Witch Hazel Astringent and anti-inflammatory. Witch Hazel can dry out spots, reduce sebum levels on the skin.