Announcement: The Micro Touch One User Guide: How to Make The Most Out of This Single Blade Safety Razor
So you just got yourself the Micro Touch One Razor. Good for you! With this safety razor, you can get a closer shave than what you’ve been able to achieve with multi-blade safety razors. But how do you use this razor exactly? This Micro Touch One user guide will provide you with all the important info you need.
The Micro Touch One comes in a kit that includes the safety razor, a mirror case, and a set of blades. If you get it from the official Micro Touch One website, you will get 24 blades free for just $19 aside from a deluxe carrying case.
The safety razor is made of solid brass and it is also chrome plated. It opens with a simple twist of the handle, so you that the razor head cover will open up. Then you will have to put the blade on the chamber.
The Micro Touch One uses just one blade. Once you have placed the blade on the chamber, twist the handle in the opposite direction to lock the razor head cover.
How To Use It
Now, if you’ve always shaved your beard using a multi-blade razor, you’ll find the Micro Touch One uncomfortable or awkward to use at first. This goes for any single-blade razor, as you can’t just make mindless swipes with it and anticipate a decent shave.
Using a double edge or single blade razor is a skill that most guys will have to learn, like driving or playing a musical instrument. Hence, expect that there is some learning curve although for some guys it is relatively short.
Before you start shaving hair, prepare the area of the face well by using a mild facial soap and warm water. This will not only clean the face and soften your whiskers but also minimize irritations. Leave the area wet.
Ideally, you should shave right after your shower. If you have not showered, you can wet your beard with hot water. You can also use a hot towel to soften the facial hair.
Take a small squirt or drop of a shaving cream and place it in a cup. Soak your shaving brush in a mug of water, and whirl the cream until you get a thick lather. Let the shaving cream stay on your face for 1 to 2 minutes before shaving. This way, the cream will continue to moisturize your beard and make your whiskers soft and wet.
Hold the razor by the tip of its handle. It should be handled in a way that the edge of the blade is at an angle of at least 30 degrees to the skin. This is the trickiest part of using a single blade safety razor, especially if you have relied on multi-blade safety razors all your life.
To get the proper angle, hold the razor handle parallel to the ground and the top of the razor head directly on your cheek. Gently lower the handle until you feel the blade cutting your whisker. Your arm and wrist should work as a single unit when you use a single blade razor. If you’re not comfy practicing on your face, you can do so on your arm.
Use as little pressure on the safety razor as much as possible. This is one of the things you’ll have to get used to in utilizing a single blade razor. Modern cartridge razors have a pivot and head design that can balance the pressure you put on the razor. But this is a luxury that you won’t have when you use a double edge razor. One way to minimize the pressure on the razor is to tilt your head to one side, and then rest the razor’s head on your cheek.
Avoid shaving around corners as much as possible, given that this kind of razor has no pivot. Also, don’t go over the same area again and again especially without a shave lather.
Use short strokes as much as possible. Shave in phases from different directions, with each pass gradually cutting down on the amount of hair. Then rinse the razor after each stroke.
If you are prone to ingrown hair, shave in across the direction of the hair growth to minimize the chance of ingrown hairs.
Once you’ve achieved the level of close shave you’ve always wanted, rinse with cold water. This should help close your pores. Apply after shave balm as well as an after shave to minimize irritation. Choose an after shave that is fragrance free and alcohol free.
Open the razor blade chamber and then rinse the razor blade until you have cleared all the debris from it, as well as the blade chamber. Close the blade chamber cover, and store the Micro Touch One on the carrying case.
Remember that the razor blades are sharp and hence should be handled with care. You should never handle the blades by its edge. Micro Touch One refills should be kept away from children and pets. Blades should be disposed of properly.
The Micro Touch One is best for shaving facial hair. If you intend to trim hair in hard-to-reach areas of the body such as the arms, hands, fingers, chest, back, and shoulders, you should use the Micro Touch Max personal trimmer instead.
The IVP Micro Touch One is one investment that you’ll thank yourself for a few weeks after your first use of this safety razor. Sure, it can take some time for you to get used to utilizing the Micro Touch One, especially since you have been using a multi-blade razor all your life.
However, you’ll eventually realize why many guys consider this as the best safety razor. Sure, it is an old school way of shaving but it gives you a cleaner shave than cartridge razors. And now that you’ve learned how to properly use it after reading the Micro Touch One user guide, you should be on your way to getting a closer shave all the time.