SHOULD YOU SHAVE BEFORE OR AFTER SHOWER?To Shave Before or After Showering? – that’s the question that we’re addressing today.

A quote supposedly attributed to Abraham Lincoln goes as follows:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Those words make clear the importance of preparation – paramount to achieving a close, comfortable shave. Whether you shave before, during or after showering depends not only on the type of shaver you use, but how you prepare your face.

Shave before or after Shower – What’s the best way to shave in 2021?

Fairly or unfairly, women have to spend plenty of their time and money toward getting rid of any extra hair from the neck downward. That’s just the world we live in, and the standard of appearances we’ve accepted as a society. This brings the much debated question: Should you shave before or after shower?

While waxing and laser hair removal has become increasingly popular methods of hair removal for women, more often than not, there’s still the need for routine “maintenance” needed in between waxing and laser sessions.

And that’s where the shaving process comes in.

There are many other household debates — like which direction should the toilet paper roll face, should ketchup be kept in the refrigerator, and whether pillows go over or under the duvet. When it comes to shaving, for men or for women, there are actually three camps: shave before you shower, shave while you shower, or shave after you shower.

But while some of those other debates might be a matter of individual preference (we like to keep toilet paper “over” the roll, for what it’s worth), there is a clear-cut and logical answer to the question or when is the best time to shave — especially for women.

Let’s dive in a bit further.

The Million dollar question to shave before or after shower?

When men appreciate a woman’s beauty, they pay attention to the legs, don’t they? Similarly, women choose neat, beautiful, well-groomed men. Men and women love cleanliness. Someone likes to sit in a too-hot bath and then shave. And someone prefers to clean his face in the tub. Some claim that hot water intensifies the rashes, redness. Well, let’s analyze all the shaving peculiarities before or after a shower with an electric razor.

Variants of Shave After or Before Shower

There are benefits to shaving before and after your shower, so let’s talk about the pros and cons of each and why you would choose one over the other.

Shaving after a shower


The main benefits of shaving after the shower is that your skin and whiskers are hydrated from the water and assuming you wash yourself you also exfoliate by removing dead skin cells and also remove the oils from your skin and hair.  Removing the oil from your whiskers and the moisture they get from the shower makes them much easier to shave off.

Most of the time while shaving after a shower you’ll get those tiny little hairs that might not get rinsed off completely. Have you ever had a tiny little hair caught in the collar of your shirt that irritates you all day?  That little hair causes so much grief it’s almost a good enough reason to never shave after you shower.

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Shaving before a shower

All of the tiny little hairs will be rinsed down the drain and there will be no need to worry about finding that single hair irritating your neck line.  If you use shaving cream or shaving soap it’s also very easy to rinse it off and not have a white film left from that spot you forgot to rinse off.

If you just start shaving without properly hydrating your skin and whiskers its likely to be a painful experience due to the lack of hydration in order to soften up the hairs.

What’s The Best Time Of The Day To Shave?

Here’s another tip that most people don’t talk about: the best time for you to shave your legs might actually be before you go to bed; so, if you’re one of those people who shower before bedtime, you might have a leg up on other women (no pun intended).

When you shave, you’re essentially exfoliating the very top layer of your skin, before you deliberately try to exfoliate it in the shower. While that might sound like a good thing, you end up making your skin more sensitive and vulnerable to the elements and the environment around you — anything from pollution to really hot or cold air. But shaving at night and then going to bed allows your skin to heal and strengthen itself before it’s exposed to external irritants.

What’s the best way to shave then?

I agree that neither of the options are very desirable and by themselves, they really aren’t, but I’ll teach you a little secret that will take your shaving routine to another level.

Try shaving before a shower with two additional steps.

Step 1:  Wet a washcloth in warm water and scrub your whiskers, hair, or whatever you are shaving with soap.  This will clean it and remove the natural oils.  Rinse your face afterwards.

Step 2:  Take the same washcloth and rinse all of the soap out of it.  Once done, place it under hot running water, squeeze out the water and lay it over the area to be shaved.  This is a hot towel shave that barbers use.  Do this a few times and your skin will become hydrated and the whiskers and hair will be much easier to shave

After performing both steps you continue with your normal shaving routine and then take a shower.  I promise this will be a much more enjoyable shave and once it becomes part of your routine you’ll never have a bad shave again.

The Right Tools for the Job

It’s said that you can’t build a house on a weak foundation. Likewise, a face can’t be shaved – not well, anyway – with a lousy razor.

A good shave depends both on preparation, and a careful selection of shaving tools and accessories.

Whether you prefer a safety razor, cartridge razor or the best modern electric shaver, best quality counts. Always choose from well-established brands – it’s hard to go wrong with Merkur, Gillette, Schick, Braun and Philips. The same goes for shaving oil, gel, cream or soap. Opt for a product made with the highest-quality ingredients.

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Higher-end shaving creams require lathering – typically in a separate bowl, using a boar or badger hair shaving brush. Shaving soap – sold in preformed pucks – must also be lathered, though a secondary lathering vessel isn’t required.

Hand-lathering is an art form, but you’ll soon develop a deft touch, and know exactly how much water is required to build a luxurious, protective foam, the likes of which can’t be matched by canned shaving cream.

Finally, if shaving in the shower, consider investing in a fogless mirror, designed for use in steamy environments.

Smaller and more affordable are fogless mirrors with a hydrophobic (water-repellent) coating; larger and costlier – and some would argue, more effective – are those with a hot water reservoir that heat the mirror, preventing steam buildup.

Additional Tips For A Gloriously Effective Shave

What you’ve learned in this article will serve you very well going forward in your dome polishing journey. But if you’re aiming for perfection, bear these tips in mind:

1. Pre-shave oil is a bald man’s best friend. It’s thoroughly hydrating and moisturizing. Rubbing it into your scalp before a shave will lubricate it well and allow for a closer and more comfortable shave. Yes, even when using an electric shaver.

Pre-shave butter is very similar in terms of its ingredients and its effects. However, it has a more solid consistency. Whether you prefer oil or butter is down to personal preference and something to experiment with.

2. Use shaving cream or soap. Yes, if you want to get serious with your shaving you’ll want to start using a brush and bowl to build up a lather. The cushion and lubrication you achieve is far superior to simply applying the usual foam.

Of course, this is only necessary if using a manual razor (cartridge, safety, or straight).


From a functional standpoint, as a woman, it just makes the most sense to shave during or after you shower. The concept of showering is about cleaning and rejuvenating your skin. Those two things are just as important when you’re shaving your body part(s) of choice.

And for the males reading this post: what’s good for the goose may also be good for the gander. Since guys are primarily focused on shaving the hair on their face, the same principles may apply. For men, we’d recommend shaving after a shower for maximum effectiveness.

Men tend to have larger pores on their face. Getting rid of all the dirt and grime from their facial skin before they start shaving is just as important as it is for females. Especially if you’re looking for that strong and smooth skin on your face!