How to Shave Properly
Although shaving seems so simple in commercials and movies, it’s actually a task that requires a lot of skill and precision. Here are some tips that can help you get a better shave:
Moisture is key. Keep your beard thoroughly wet with warm water before and during the shave. It’s best to shave after a shower, and by using moisturizing facial soap. Shaving your beard when dry can make it easier for you to cut yourself, and you won’t be able to get a close, clean shave.
Open up your pores. This is essential for really close shaves. Open up your pores by exfoliating with a facial scrub or cleanser before you start shaving. You can use warm water so that the pores can open up more, or you can shave in a steamy bathroom after a hot shower.
Use shaving cream. It’s best to use a shaving cream that also moisturizes. Some shaving creams even have Aloe Vera and these work well to protect your face from razor burns and rashes. Every hair on your beard should be thoroughly massaged with shaving cream. This creates a more even shave.
Check your razor. Whatever type of razor you use, your blades should always be sharp, clean, and rust-free. Dull, dirty blades can cause shaving cuts, and they tend to scrape away some of your skin along with the hair. Regularly rinse your blade in hot water.
Use the right moves. Always shave with the grain, and not against it. This means that you shave in the direction of how the hair grows. If you shave against the grain of your hair growth, it can cause rashes, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. Also, use short, gentle strokes. You want to take your time when you shave. After all, you want to be careful when you have a sharp object near your face or your neck.
Protect your face. After shaving, apply a moisturizer on your face and neck area. You can also use after-shave, but don’t use products that have alcohol as an ingredient. These products tend to irritate your face, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Hopefully these tips will reduce the amount of pain that shaving puts you through.
August 20, 2006 Sunday at 8:44 am