Did you know that there are just three simple steps to master the art of shaving?
In this article, we outline the three simple things you need to do to get a smooth shave without irritation.
Step 1: Prep!
First up – forget everything you know. Lots of shaving products lather does not equal a good shave. This extra foam sits on the top of your skin and does nothing to create that barrier needed between the razor and your face.
Instead, try a quality shaving gel or serum. This will form a protective barrier while shaving, helping to reduce irritation and has the added bonus of moisturizing your face, too.
Another popular misconception is that the more blades your razor has, the better the shave. It’s actually far more important to have a clean sharp blade instead.
You’ll also need to ensure your face is clean prior to shaving. Invest in some deep cleaning soap-free face wash and you’ll be good to go.
Step 2: The shave
Shaving dry stubble is a sure-fire way to irritate your skin. Instead, shave in the shower or bath, as this will soften the hairs on your face and open up pores.
Wait a couple of minutes before going in with a razor – it can take up to five minutes for the hairs on your face to properly ‘wet out’ (when the entire hair is wet), making it easier to shave.
If you prefer to shave over the sink, make sure you use warm water and give you face time to warm up before getting started.
Then, reach for your shaving products. Spend a few extra seconds massaging the product into the face to ensure you have proper coverage. This will again help to soften hairs and prepare the skin for shaving.
Use a clean, sharp blade in short, gentle strokes to remove the hairs from your face. Always follow the grain of the hair, shaving in the opposite direction can cause razor burn and rashes. Ouch!
Be sure to rinse the blade regularly to get rid of any residue build-up.
Step 3: Aftercare
Once you’ve successfully removed all the hairs from your face and you’re pleased with the end result, make sure to rinse your face thoroughly. Leftover soap can again irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
When your face is dry, apply a quality moisturizer or aftershave balm. This will leave your skin smooth and soft instead of tight and irritated. For maximum effect, apply within five minutes of shaving to allow the grooming product to sink into open pores.
Avoid aftershave at all costs – these contain alcohol and can seriously sting, especially if you’ve got a nick here or there.
What shaving tricks do you use? Share your tips below…