Skip the selection at the drugstore; these upscale products will help you achieve a smooth shave without the nicks or painful razor burn.
Collezione Barbiere Deluxe Shaving Stand with brush and razor, Acqua di Parma ($670). Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-5900
Investing in a high-quality manual razor and brush will make shaving a more pleasant experience and cut the time you spend at Walgreens in half. Polished brass, wenge wood, and badger bristles (the best for working up a solid lather) make this handcrafted kit a must-have item.
Face Buff Energizing Scrub, Jack Black ($30 for 6 oz.). Sephora, 108 N. State St. #134, 312-263-8688
The secret to a close shave is careful preparation. Plan ahead by using an exfoliating cleanser to get rid of excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells.