Let’s take it back to basics — shaving with a straight razor can be unnerving, especially when you know there’s a potential to end up with irritated skin or razor bumps. But it’s all in the approach. Just slapping water on your face and swiping your face with your razor is a recipe for a razor-bump-filled mess. There are smarter ways to shave your face than that, and everything you need is in one convenient place when you use the Bevel Shave System. Here’s how to get it done:

1. Prep Your Skin

Your face is like a work of art, and just as you would prepare your canvas before you start painting, you need to prep your skin for the products you’ll use on your face. But it’s important to get it done with the right supplies, and that means you’ll need a primer that’s strong enough to protect your skin yet gentle enough to relax the hairs on your face, such as Bevel Priming Oil. When you use Bevel Priming Oil, you lay down the foundation for a good shave. It helps prevent those nasty nicks and razor bumps thanks to its unique mixture of sunflower, castor and olive oils. Just gently massage a nickel size of the oil into the area you’re shaving to set the stage.

2. Lather and Exfoliate

Exfoliating is an important step to take when you’re prone to razor bumps and other skin problems. When you exfoliate your face, you’re rubbing off dead skin cells. This helps to support a better and smoother shave. That’s why it’s essential to use a product that’s going to facilitate exfoliation while safeguarding your skin.

You can get this done with the Bevel Shave Brush. Simply soak the brush in warm water for at least 20 seconds and give it a single, strong flick to remove the access water. From there, apply a flat nickel-sized amount of Bevel Shave Cream to the brush and work it into your skin in a strong, circular motion. This not only helps create a rich lather, but also helps to lift hairs, lubricate, and exfoliate your skin in the process.

3. Shave

For a proper, close shave, you need a razor designed and weighted for precise balance and maneuvering. Get shaving done right by using products that help to remove hair sans the unwanted nicks, such as the Bevel Safety Razor. You also want to shave in the right direction to prevent unwanted nicks and razor bumps, so make sure you’re shaving with the grain of your hair’s growth.

4. Hydrate and Cool

After a great shave, you want to make sure your skin is restored and cooled. Traditionally, rubbing alcohol has been a part of post-shaving regimens, but it can also irritate the skin. You can hydrate and cool your skin sans the skin irritation with an alcohol-free aftershave lotion, such as the Bevel Restoring Balm. It helps to cool your skin with natural ingredients, such as witch hazel and tea tree oil and restores your skin by adding moisture back with shea butter, reducing skin irritation and blemishes.

5. Go Electric! (BONUS)

If you still feel uneasy about putting a safety razor to your skin, consider trimming your hair using an electric blade. You still achieve similar results of the close shave a razor provides. The Bevel Trimmer and T-Blade helps you get the job done right the first time around with easy-to-use blade adjustments that only require your thumb.

Getting a close shave doesn’t have to be a dreaded ritual. When you use the right tools and products and get smart about your shaving process, you can kiss pesky razor bumps and irritated skin goodbye.