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How to: Get a Safe Shave

The best way of preventing a face fire is a proper shaving regimen.


Soften skin and open pores with a warm shower.


Use a two-blade razor and shave with the grain.


Don't press. Let the blade do the work (and try to keep it clean).


Rinse with cool water and pat face dry with a clean towel.

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I've been having really bad razor burn lately. I tried that "Tend Skin" tonic and it burned like a mother. Can you recommend something for the redness, bumps and pain?
- Brian, New York

You may be surprised to know that the brand we favor is likely also a favorite of your mom's. Our go-to potion for rough morning shaves is Crabtree & Evelyn's Post-Shave Relief. Infused with green tea, Vitamin E and aloe, the cooling cream instantly eliminates redness and bumps. And since it's free of any fragrances, sulfates or dyes, it works with even the most sensitive of skin. Plus, it comes in a handsome apothecary-style metal tube with a silver key which slides onto the tube's end, allowing it to be rolled up neatly and evenly. Mom would be proud. $32 at Crabtree & Evelyn




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The Expertly Packed Carry-On


What should I pack for my first business trip?

- Matt, OH


With nearly every airline imposing a baggage fee nowadays, if you can get away with flying with just a carry-on, do it.

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