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Teas

How to Choose A Teapot

When you choose a teapot to enjoy that perfect cup of tea, you may initially be looking at appearances. What style, colour or pattern? Though it is somewhat of a personal choice, there are various important factors to take into consideration. These will help you to decide which teapot will work best.


Tea drinkers in China were the first to create teapots. As they were for personal use, they were quite small. Today, the size of your teapot depends on the amount of tea you are making, the type of tea you are brewing and the size of the tea leaves.


Tea leaves need room in the water to fully expand. The size of the teapot and the method of infusing should allow for the water to circulate around the loose tea. Only then can you enjoy the full flavour of the tea. A tea ball stuffed with leaves does not allow for the tea leaves to fully expand. For this reason, we do not recommend the use of a tea ball.

Teapot Material


There are many materials that are used in making tea pots. Each type of material has its own merits depending on the type of tea you are brewing.


Glass teapots work best for brewing blooming display teas. These teas are created to allow for the tea drinker to appreciate the beauty of the unfurling leaves and watch them “bloom” in the glass teapot.

Porcelain teapots as well as glass teapots do not affect the tea’s flavour. White and green teas steep at 175 to 185 degrees F, so these materials work well with the lower temperatures.


Ceramic teapots are made of clay and work well for herbal and black teas. These teas are brewed at a higher temperature so it is best to use a material that will hold the heat. Pu’erh is a fermented tea. It should be brewed in its own dedicated unglazed porous clay teapot.

Cast iron teapots are heavy and hold their heat for the longest time. This works well for black teas. They should be glazed and coated so that a metallic taste is not transferred to the tea.

brown betty teapot
The glaze and shape of a Brown Betty are easy to recognize


Brown Betty teapots are a type of teapot that are made from the red clay that was discovered in the Stoke-on-Trent area of Britain in 17th century. A Brown Betty is easily recognized by its characteristic brown glaze and round profile. The clay from the area maintains heat and brews a great cup of black and Darjeeling tea.

And now to make some tea!


Remember, when choosing a teapot, you should take into consideration the size of the tea pot, the water temperature and the steeping time required for each type of tea.

Before you enjoy your tea, take the time to look at the various shapes and sizes of tea leaves. How do they smell when dry, when wet? What is the aroma of the liquor (tea jargon to describe the smell of wet tea leaves).


Whether you use sachets (tea bags), or loose tea, your perfect cup of tea begins with you, your tea and your choice of teapot.

Heavenly Cream Tea
Heavenly Cream black tea from Sloane Tea
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Decor Jewellery

Pewter and Basic Spirit

Pewter and Basic Spirit

Basic Spirit

Basic Spirit is a Canadian success story, one that we are proud to be associated with.  Located in the fishing town of Pugwash in Nova Scotia, Basic Spirit has been creating popular pewter items since 2002. The Shop has been carrying Basic Spirit since 2012. As with many of our Canadian suppliers, their location and history both make interesting stories.

Pugwash and the Nobel Peace Prize

The town of Pugwash sits on the shores of the Northumberland region of Nova Scotia.  With just over 700 residents, this small community is known internationally for being the first location of the Pugwash conferences.  Back in July 1957, a group of “great thinkers” got together at “Thinkers Lodge” to hold meetings about the proliferation of nuclear weapons.  Cyrus Eaton, the noted businessman, funded and hosted the gathering and offered to use the location of his birthplace of Pugwash. The attendees considered the meetings a huge success. This then lead to the creation of  an international organization to continue holding future events.  Over time the organization became recognized for their contributions to the advancement of peace. The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

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The original group in 1957

 

Pewter Capital of Canada

Pugwash has a second claim to fame – pewter.  Yes, Pugwash is the capital of pewter manufacturing in Canada.  Of the two pewter companies found in Pugwash. Seagull Pewter is the older and larger. Now owned by Royal Selangor, Seagull Pewter has been around for several decades.  However, Seagull got into financial problems in around 2002, ending in its sale to Royal Selangor of Kuala Lumpur.  Meanwhile, a startup was born using the skills that were still available in the area.  Basic Spirit came in to fill a gap that was left on Nova Scotia’s north shore. They began creating and producing a vast range of pewter objects from jewellery to tableware and ornaments.

What is Pewter?

Pewter is a metal alloy with the main component being tin. Archaeologists have found piecesin Egypt that go back as early as the bronze age.  In the 15th century companies made drinking vessels in Europe with the alloying process using 4% lead. This changed by the 20th century.  Other metals were substituted once the dangers of using lead in drinking vessels were understood. Today, Pewter is normally composed of over 92% tin alloyed with copper, bismuth and sometimes silver. The additional metals help give the tin strength and other properties.

Caring for pewter is easy, just wash with a small amount of soap and warm water, then dry thoroughly. Pewter tends not to tarnish in the way silver and copper do. Though it does develop a nice patina over time..  If you wish to return to the original shiny finish, use a metal polish, making sure to rub in straight lines.

Do not store food in pewter as acids could attack the finish,  and keep pieces away from direct heat sources.

Basic Spirit Pewter Designs

Popular items from Basic Spirit include pate spreaders embellished with different designs inspired by the Canadian landscape. The design of the handles range from animals to hearts and Celtic symbols as well as uniquely Canadian images. They make their cutting boards from yellow birch with pewter accents added to the designs. These best selling boards are usually coupled with a cheese knife or spreader.  Also in the collection, Basic Spirit offers tea strainers and spoons which add a classy touch to any afternoon get together.

Besides serving pieces, Basic Spirit has personal items such as jewellery. These  include a large series of bangles engraved with words of encouragement and endearment.  Choosing their favourite sayings, many customers give these bangles as gifts. They have a very affordable price yet look charming. And, importantly,  have special meanings.

basic spirit piano board
for the musician – Basic Spirit piano board

 

Basic Spirit Pewter Ornaments, magnets and figures

A seasonal favourite are Christmas ornaments. Available in a wide range of designs and themes, these come either boxed or carded.  Pewter figures include nativity scenes,yoga themed poses and more whimsical figures such as their set of elves.  Basic Spirit also offers box sets with three pewter magnets having many Canadian and wildlife themes.

Pewter Nativity scene

Basic Spirit Continues the Pugwash Tradition of Global Responsibility

Small town generosity continues in Pugwash. Basic Spirit has contributed 10% of its profits to a wide range of local, Canadian and global organizations. In doing so they are funding environmental, educational and animal care causes.  Various ornaments are available with labels showing where the donation will be made.

The Hunger Project 
World Food Program
World Wildlife Fund
The Humane Society 
HOPE for Wildlife
Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station
Sierra Club Foundation
Canadian Pugwash Group

 

 

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Basic Spirit giving to the environment

 

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Gourmet

Tracy’s Wine Jellies

Tracy’s Wine Jellies – Perfect Condiments from Niagara

One of life’s simple pleasures is relaxing on a Sunday afternoon enjoying a glass of wine. Added pleasure happens when wine is served with a variety of crackers and cheeses, accompanied with sauces and jellies.  Even better when they are all made in the Niagara region.  Known for it abundance of fresh fruit, the Niagara region is an important part of Ontario’s food basket.  Niagara wine producers, using their growing vintners skills, have come into their own in the last several decades.  Bakeries and cheese makers in the area have developed as well, so your afternoon foodie pleasures can easily meet the one-hundred-kilometer rule!

Our tradition and goal is to offer products from small, local companies, The Shop has carried jams, crackers, and other treats from Niagara on the Lake through to Beamsville. One of these lines that we proudly carry is Tracy’s Wine Jellies from Niagara on the Lake.  Their range of products have been popular with our customers. Many are familiar with Tracy having met her and Vito at markets and other event.  Their condiments use fruit and peppers from local farms, wine from a local winery and beer from Niagara area breweries.

In the Niagara region, grapes have been grown for over 200 years. Many vineyards and wineries claim rights to be called “one of the oldest”.  Pillitteri Estates Winery is one of these multi-generational businesses that began as a simple farm in the mid-1900s. Over sixty years later the Pillitteri family continues its commitment to produce award winning wines. It is their wines that Tracy uses in the production of her Wine Jellies.

Tracy’s Wine Jellies, a family owned business, began its production of wine jellies in Niagara on the Lake in 1997.  They have been handcrafting an assortment of jellies, creating taste profiles that are fresh, aromatic, sweet, and tangy.  The perfect accompaniment to cheeses and crackers.

Tracy’s Wine Jellies

  • Saucy Sangria Jelly
  • Apple Cinnamon Chardonnay Jelly
  • Cherry Cabernet Jelly
  • Cranberry- Raspberry Merlot Jelly
  • a spicy Merlot Habanero jelly
  • a spicy Hot Pepper Chardonnay Jelly
  • Peach Amaretto
  • Peach Ginger Amaretto Jelly
  • Strawberry Rose
  • Pear Ginger Jelly
  • Port Wine Jelly
  • Vidal Ice-wine Jelly.

Tracy's Wine Jelly
Tracy’s port and icewine jelly

This assortment of jellies can be served with fine crackers or bread and a variety of cheeses. Brie, camembert, cream cheese and cheddar all work very well. They also compliment chicken and pork.  When added to gravies and sauces, they create another level of flavour.  A simple but tasty meal can also include  jellies on a  croissant, bagel, scone, or toast.

Tracy now offer Beer Jellies.

Craft Beers companies have become more numerous in Ontario in the past several years. They have continued to garnish attention and a strong following. It was only natural for Tracy to create craft beer jellies to add to her wine jellies. Using Pilsners, IPAs, Stouts and Wheat beer, Tracy has created the great flavours of beer without any bitterness. The range of flavours include cherry , ginger beer and habanero  These beer jellies are perfectly suited to be served with cheeses and meat chacuterie boards. Also great for enhancing stews, glazing meats, swirled into sauces, dressings, added to caramelized onions, and served also with breads and crackers.

Tracy’s Craft Beer Jellies with their robust sweet and tangy flavours, as well as Tracy’s Wine Jellies are both great appetizer and meal accompaniments. Great for serving at gatherings, gifting to wine and beer lovers, or enjoyed at home.

Cheers to Tracy’s Wine Jellies and Tracy’s Craft Beer Jellies!    Another excellent product line made right here in Ontario.

Tracey’s Saucy Sangria Wine Jelly with Pork Chops

Using Tracey’s Saucy Sangria Wine Jelly created a new twist with baked pork chops.

Ingredients:

4 pork chops bone in

Olive Oil and butter

½ tsp dried herbs of your choice – such as sage, savory or thyme – fresh herbs really amp up the flavour

2 cloves minced garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp Tracy’s Saucy Sangria Wine Jelly

1 ½ – 2 cups chicken or veggie stock

1-2 tbsp flour

Salt and Pepper

2 tsp Maple Syrup

Fresh minced parsley

1 tsp fresh grated lemon zest and 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Pat pork chops dry. Season with salt and pepper and herb of your choice. Heat oil on medium heat.  Place chops in frying pan and cook for approx. 5-7 minutes on each side until done. Check meat close to bone to determine whether cooked through.
  2. Remove chops and cover to keep warm. Deglaze pan with a pat of butter and add garlic without letting it burn, scraping bottom of pan. Add flour a bit at a time and stir for approx. 2 minutes to thicken. Slowly add the broth and mix until thickened and liquid has reduced.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of Tracy’s Saucy Sangria Wine jelly, lemon juice and zest. And Dijon mustard and maple syrup and stir until smooth. Return chop to pan and allow them to reheat in the sauce.
  4. Serve with sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. For a quick meal. Microwave, bake or steam sweet or regular potatoes until soft. Chop into quarters and then nestle them into pan with the chops.
  5. Add chopped parsley to garnish.
  6. If you need a bit of heat add a bit of hot sauce or tangy barbecue sauce either added to the liquid or served on the side
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Gourmet Teas

Sloane Fine Tea Merchants – Appreciating Beautiful Tea

When we started our tea journey at the shop, one of our first encounters was meeting Hoda Paripoush at a Toronto trade show. Representing her company Sloane Fine Tea Merchants, she was standing behind two glass tea pots and offered us a taste of her tea. It was a heavenly! The light amber colour, the intoxicating scent…. the lingering tastes that even upon further sipping, overwhelmed our senses. We had found the finest tea.
Sloane Fine Tea Merchants Logo
Sloane Tea calls itself an “alliance of Fine Tea Merchants of premium specialty tea that is sourced directly from the point of tea origin”. In other words, they have sourced and created relationships with prized estate tea growers and their gardens from around the world.
Each tea is individually sourced and custom created by Hoda with a team of independent tea sommeliers and culinary experts.

Hoda’s Story

Hoda’s own personal tea journey began from her Persian ancestral customary teatime. Her family continued to follow this custom in India where she was born and lived for a decade. She embraced these early sensory tea experiences that would later influence her life journey.
As refugees, her family relocated to Brockville Ontario. Hoda’s early career choice was to study naturopathy. She soon after realized that it was not allowing her to appreciate her sensory connections to fragrance.

Visit to Sloane Tea
Visiting Sloane Tea in Toronto

She began her training at one of the foremost perfumeriesin Grasse France. Later she completed her training in the U.S and Canada and received certification as a professional tea sommelier in both countries. This allowed Hoda to pursue her goal of using the principles of perfumery to blend teas.
In 2011 she founded the premium Canadian tea company. The name  comes from Sloane Square in the Chelsea district of London.

Her tea is known as “crop to cup” – meaning that it is a direct trade from the tea gardener’s estates to the user. The means there are no distributors or brokers involved. Travelling the world, Hoda created associations with various tea gardeners and their finest tea plants, . These estates are now part of her tea family. Blending the teas with blossoms, scents and natural spices Sloane has created exceptional teas.

Sloane Tea products
Sloane Tea offers a variety of packaging and gift items

Serving Sloane Tea at the best locations

Sloane Tea is served on Via Rail, The Regis, Ritz Carlton, and the King Edward Hotels, as well as other fine restaurants.
It is also proudly sold at The Shop For All Reasons. Experience Sloane loose teas sold in beautiful, collectable signature tins – designs inspired by Hoda’s travels. Also available in her packaged sachets.
You will cherish your teatime with your family and friends!

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Gourmet

Rogers’ Chocolates from Victoria B.C.

The story begins in 1885 when Charles Rogers, born the son of a Massachusetts farmer, moved to British Columbia. There he began his business in Victoria, as a grocery store owner on Government Street. Together with his wife Leah Morrison, he brought in produce and imported chocolate from San Francisco. He was quick to notice that the chocolate was extremely popular. Thus, it was decided that he would make the chocolate himself in the backroom, while Leah managed the retail store.
Charles Rogers’ first creation was his Victoria Creams which became a local favourite. It did not take long before his chocolate was so popular that people would travel from out of the city to buy them. He worked over his boiling cauldron and became Canada’s first chocolatier and was nicknamed Charles “Candy” Rogers.
In 1891, Charles moved the store and facility to a larger building down the street. By that time the business had flourished and expanded to the degree that his chocolate was known across the country and around the world. People would travel to their shop to taste the first and finest quality chocolate made in Canada.
Charles died in 1927 at the age of 73. His wife Leah decided to sell the business and continue her community involvement by volunteering for those in need of support.
Rogers Chocolate is still privately owned by Canadian families and is locally operated. It continues to be a major contributor to the community through its involvement and support of many charities. This reflects the legacy that began many, many years ago with Leah Rogers.
The original store still stands at 913 Settlement Street. As well, there are ten other Rogers Stores in British Columbia and various other shops from across Canada that carry Rogers Chocolates.

Rogers' Chocolates Heritage Store
The Heritage store in Victoria BC

Celebrating over one hundred and thirty years, Rogers continues to make their classic Victoria creams using Charles Roger’s original recipe. They are still wrapped in the same pink gingham and are just as delicious. The present master chocolatier is Cornell Idu, a Belgian, who with thirty years’ experience, continues to create new and innovative recipes and various seasonally inspired chocolate.
In 2016 Rogers Chocolates was determined to use Fair Trade Certified Cocoa for almost all of its chocolate. The cocoa is made using sustainable practices which help boost premiums for farmers as well as supporting various community projects and environmental initiatives. Using practices that prohibit child slavery and ensuring that workers receive a steady income, Rogers aids the individuals, the families and the community.
The portrait of Charles and Leah Rogers still hangs in the heritage shop and the large cauldron is still there. It is written in the self-guided walking map of Victoria, that Charles and Leah often slept in the kitchen and supposedly there have been some rearranged chocolate displays and other unexplained happenings that have occurred. Ghosts of chocolate past?
Charles and Leah Rogers
Here at The Shop For All Reasons, Rogers Chocolates continue to arrive from Victoria throughout the year. Customer favourites such as Victoria Creams (of course), Dark Chocolate covered Ginger (John’s favourite), Dark (54%) Chocolate and Milk (33%) Chocolate Bars, themed sleeves and Rogers’ chocolate covered nuts.
Rogers Chocolates maintains “faithful to the legacy” of Charles (Candy) and Leah Rogers. Delicious and delectable Canadian made chocolate.

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Clothing and Accessories Leather

Louenhide Bags

Vegan Leather and Louenhide

Vegan leather is an alternative material to leather. It is made of polyurethane, a synthetic material. Polyurethane(PU) has a lower environmental impact and does not use harmful chemicals as compared to another more common synthetic material, Polyvinyl Chloride(PVC).
At the Shop For All Reasons we have recently introduced Louenhide, a company from Australia that designs stunning purses and wallets that are all made of vegan leather. The material used is a synthetic material, 100 percent polyurethane, which is more resistant to scuffs, stretching and fading. The term leather refers to the fact that they are soft “like leather” and soften with age “like leather”.
Louenhide was created in 2006, by the “design duo” Lou Kendall and Heide Bailey from Brisbane Australia. Combining their names Lou and Heide, they created the new boutique label Louenhide, and “emerged as a favourite accessories brand, helping shape the style of different women of all ages and budgets”. – Alena Kirby
The purses are designed to be contemporary and classic with great attention to detailing in the hardware and interiors. Vegan leather bags feel like natural leather and are lightweight. Offering of a stunning palette each season captured our attention and is reflective of the growing trend for colour in fashion accessories. This fall and winter season’s are stunning.
Caring for vegan leather is an easy process. Wiping it down after a light surface spray of warm water or soapy water with a soft cloth, allows this material to stay clean and soft. Avoid leaving the bags in direct sun, like real leather, as this may crack and dry them out. Store your bags in a cool, dry place and just
as you care for your other bags, store your Louenhide with a dust cover or pillowcase to keep them dust free.

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Our products made with polyurethane (PU) are easy to maintain and will last just as long as genuine leather if you take special care. Fortunately, PU is more resistant to scuffing/marking and has less chance of stretching/fading over time
Please consider the following steps when caring for your LOUENHIDE PU product:
• Avoid hanging your bag by their straps when storing
• Waterproof before use with a good-quality protector
• Wipe down the material with a damp cloth when required
• Leather cleaners and conditioners are recommended for maintenance
• If using alcohol based products, be sure to test a small spot of the material before applying to entire product.
• Store in a cool, dry place where air can circulate and your product is away from direct sunlight
• Air your bag every couple of weeks to limit the chance of mold, or if need to remove unwanted smells leave a sachet of coffee beans overnight
• If your product gets really wet, remove any residual water immediately with a paper towel and allow it to dry naturally.

Why buy vegan leather or pleather instead of real leather? Aside from the ethical arguments, which you may or may not agree with, Louenhide allows you to acquire a selection of attractive bags to compliment every season. Whether for travelling, everyday use or looking for a dressy bag, Louenhide has many options and is budget friendly. The leather look is always impressive, and the wear characteristics of these bags means you will get a great deal of use from your collection.

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Clothing and Accessories

Jean-Louis Mireault Silk Art Scarves

Canadian Silk Painter Jean-Louis Mireault

Mireault – hand painted silk artist.

The ancient method of silk making began sometime between 3500 and 2000 BC with the use of silkworm moth cocoons to produce cloth. It is believed that the ancient technique of painting on silk began in around 470 BC during the Neolithic period by the Hans dynasty who used it for recording on scrolls. It remained as an art in China for approximately a thousand years, until the later part of the first millennium BC when the Silk Road was opened, spreading the skills to other lands. This artistic expression later developed to include mythical creatures and human forms on silk.
Around 300 AD the art of silk painting travelled to Japan. During the crusades, in the 1200s, silk production began to spread to many states in Italy. By the Middle Ages changes in the way it was manufactured, with the invention of the spinning wheel, allowed silk production to extend to other areas in Western Europe. Later in the 1300s, artists began using colour on silk. By the 1800s the beginning of the industrial revolution made silk available to many parts of the world.
From this long history around the world, artists have brought the skill of silk painting to Canada as they settled here from other countries. This has led to a flourishing community of painters across Canada, lending their own interpretations to the designs they create. At The Shop, we have presented several works from Canadian artists over the years. One of our long-term suppliers has been Jean-Louis Mireault from Verchères, Quebec.
Mireault silk scarves
Hand painted silk scarves, Canadian artist Mireault

In 1978, Jean-Louis Mireault began painting on silk. His wife was his early teacher who insisted that he create from his own images and artistic talent. The process has not changed over the years. Perfected in France the technique was referred to as ‘Serti’ or ‘gutta resist’. All lines in the chosen drawings are still drawn on paper and then this paper is placed under the silk and copied with a pencil overtop of the silk. Using brushes, the artist places the French silk dyes to create the beautiful colours. The pencil marks fade within a day and what is left is art. The process does not stop here. Though silk is the strongest natural fibre for its weight, even stronger than steel, the painted silk gains durability by leaving it in a professional steamer for approximately four hours. Then it is washed, ironed and stretched on a wooden frame to create silk paintings.
Mireault also uses the process of ‘batik’ to create beautifully coloured shapes that adorn his silk scarves. This is a wax-resist dyeing technique that is applied to the entire piece of silk. A technique that originated in Indonesia.
Silk scarves, Mireault
Another selection of the colours of Mireault scarves available

In 2002, Mireault was honoured with a medal for his significant artistic contribution in Canada which was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth II on her Golden Jubilee Year visit.
Mireault has participated in many art exhibits in France, Portugal, Spain, U.S.A. and Tunisia. He was recognized in 2011 by SPIN (Silk Painters International) as a Master Silk Painter. A great honour for the artist who has been creating art for over forty years.
As one of our silk artists in The Shop For All Reasons, Mireault’s beautiful scarves and wraps are well recognized and appreciated as beautiful wearable art.

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mens grooming skin and beauty

Men’s Facial Skincare and Ingrown Facial Hair

Recently, customers in the shop have been asking how to manage and or prevent their ingrown facial and beard hairs. As mentioned in the last blog, you should always cleanse your face in gentle circular motions using a cleansing oil or soap with either your fingers, washcloth or using an exfoliant scrub. This process will help untangle these ingrown hairs – but how do you prevent this from occurring?
Ingrown facial and beard hair occurs when the hair curls and grows into the skin instead of growing outward. Shaving leaves the stubble with a sharp edge which can penetrate the skin on your beard area – the chin, cheeks or neck. The hair follicle can also become plugged and that can force the hair to grow in sideways. When this happens, it may lead to inflammation which can result in pain, burning, itching, tiny bumps, hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), scarring and possibly even bacterial infection from scratching.

Truefittt and Hill 10 scrub
Use of a face scrub can help reduce the occurance of ingrown facial hairs.

How you prevent this from happening depends on the way you prepare your skin for shaving, how you shave, and what you do to follow up your shave.
Always start with washing your face, as described above. This process may help avoid these ingrown hairs by untangling them and allowing them to grow outward.
Rather than using an electric or manual razor with multiple blades which can cause the problem, as it cuts the stubble too close to your skin, use a single-blade razor.
shaving with cutthroat razor
Use of a single blade for shaving – either safety razor of cutthroat, is recommended.
Photo by Nick Demou from Pexels

Start by dampening your face and beard for a few minutes with warm water, shaving cream, pre-shave oil or gel or place a warm washcloth on your face. Allow the product you are using to work for a couple of minutes before proceeding with the shave. This give the product time to moisturize the skin and hair, which softens the hair making it easier to cut with the razor. Never shave dry. Your facial skin needs to soften before you shave. When you shave, strokes should move in the same direction as your hair is growing -i.e. with the grain – not against as this can cause ingrown hairs as well. Don’t over shave either, use fewer, shorter strokes. Rinse the blade with water after each stroke and instead of shaving too close to your skin, leave some stubble. It’s better to avoid the closest shave you can get. Your skin will thank you. If your skin still feels irritated place a cool towel or washcloth on your face.
Now it is time to moisturize your skin with a good moisturizer that is either scent-free or a with scent you like.
Remember that the time you spend on yourself and your skin should not be considered a chore but be an enjoyable experience. This will leave a more pleasurable feel to your face, and a pleasing scent will help waken you in the morning.