It’s an uncomfortable fact of life for many men: the daily routine of shaving. At best, it’s a minor inconvenience. At worst, it can leave your skin irritated and even bloodied. So how do you make this necessary evil more bearable? Here are some simple tips that can make your shave easy and painless.
Preparing To Shave
Begin by washing your face with a facial cleanser or scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells and literally wakes up your face, tightening the skin. Then wet your skin again with warm or hot water. The water swells the hair shaft, making the hair easier to shave, and spares your skin from cuts. Next, lather your face with a shaving cream or gel. You don’t need an inch thick of foam on your face; just apply enough to thoroughly cover the skin. Most name brand shaving creams and gels will do the trick, but it’s a good idea to find one with Aloe Vera or moisturizers to protect against razor rashes or burns and keep your skin hydrated after the shave.
Before you put blade to skin, make sure you’re using a new razor. Dull razors can pull at the hairs in your face and are more likely to cause cuts. You also won’t get a very close shave. Also choose a razor with at least two blades. Some also have lubricating strips that help the razor slide easily over your face and prevent cuts. Avoid disposable razors. They’re designed for convenience and cost, not to give you the best possible shave. Begin by shaving your cheeks and neck. Save your “goatee” area for last. The hairs in this part of your face are the thickest, and need the most time for the shaving cream to soften them. Use short strokes when shaving and rinse the blade often under hot running water to keep your razor clean. Simply shaking the blade in a pool of water collected in the sink isn’t as effective or hygienic. Shave with the grain for the most comfortable shave. Then shave against the grain for the closest shave – but only if your skin can handle it. For those with sensitive skin, shaving against the grain can cause redness, razor burns, and ingrown hairs. Try to keep your skin taut by either pulling on your skin with your other hand, or making facial expressions to pull your skin tight. You may look ridiculous, but it’s worth it for the closest shave.
Now that your face is baby smooth again, rinse the remaining shaving cream off your face (don’t forget behind the ears!) with cold water. This is a change for many shavers, but rinsing with cold water rather than hot helps close your pores and reduces razor burn. Dry your face with a towel. Now apply a moisturizer to soothe and protect your face. Avoid creams or lotions with oil. Some after-shaves that contain alcohol will give you a cool sensation that feels refreshing, but can actually dry your skin.
Now your face looks great. The rest is up to you!
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