A Beginner’s Guide to Shaving Essentials

Posted by {"category":["Men","Styling"]} on Dec 2nd 2020

There can be so many unanswered questions when it comes to your first shave, but we’re here to give you a helping hand.

Most Aussie guys start shaving between the ages of 16-17 years old. However, there are no age restrictions when it comes to shaving – so start when you feel ready.

Follow our quick and easy guide, and master shaving with expert advice from Gillette.

Shaving Cream: Your New Best Friend

Whether it’s your first shave or not – shaving cream is essential.

You’ll experience a much more comfortable shave if you work up a lather with your shaving cream before you start. This will help to keep your facial hair moisturised while you shave, making it feel softer and easier to cut.

A shaving essentials kit featuring a Gillette razor and shaving cream

The benefits of shaving cream don’t stop there – it can also create a thin, protective layer between the razor blade and your skin, which will mean less friction, as well as a reduced chance of redness, irritation or nicks and cuts after shaving.

At Gillette, we have several shaving gels and foams to choose from. We know the choice can seem overwhelming when you’re new to shaving, so here’s a quick guide to a few that will suit first-time shavers perfectly:

Find Your Perfect Shaving Cream

PURE Shaving Cream:

PURE Shaving Cream

PURE Shaving Cream

Do I need a Beard Trimmer?

You might not think a beard trimmer is essential for your first shave, but it could actually help you to achieve a more comfortable and precise shave.

If you’ve got slightly fluffy facial hair, you should definitely trim it before you reach for the razor – otherwise, any longer hairs could get tangled in the blade. This would be painful and could potentially damage the razor blade you’re using, affecting the quality of your shave.

To reduce tugs, pulls and clogged blades, our All Purpose Styler and Beard Trimmer is the ideal shaving tool for a smooth finish.

Don’t go using scissors to trim fluffy facial hair – use the All Purpose Styler to get a precise finish, using one of the shaver’s three interchangeable combs (2mm, 4mm or 6mm).

Beard Trimmer

Gillette All Purpose Styler: Beard Trimmer, Razor and Edge

How to Choose the Right Razor

Using the right razor for your first shave is also crucial – you could be about the find the razor you’ll use for the rest of your life. For your first time, we recommend:

Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor:


Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor