Whether they like it or not, men's shaving products help that daily ritual more than you know. So if you're going to do it, day in day out for the rest of your life, you might as well learn how to do it right.
Why? Because good shaving products will give you a better smoother result, with less irritated skin. All you need to start right is some hot water, a good blade, and some lubrication and finally a moisturising cream for afters.
- To begin your men's shaving experience, examine your face. You need a little bit of growth so that you can see how the hair on your face grows. This is crucial because the general rule of shaving is to shave in the direction of the hair growth. This method results in the least skin irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs - however, if you want a really close shave you'll have to finish 'against the grain'.
- Wash your face, then soak a clean washcloth in hot water and ring out. Place it over your face and let it sit for about 30 seconds - the heat softens your beard, making it easier to cut.
- Next up is shaving lubrication - cream or gel, your choice - applied with a badger hair brush. Let it sit if you can, to allow the lubricant to soften the hairs and provide a better shave.
- A razor with multiple blades offers the closest shave, but you must replace the blades every 3 to 5 shaves.
- When you've finished, splash some cold water on your face to close up the pores on your skin, then pat your face dry with a clean towel.
- Finally, apply an alcohol free after-shave balm - look for those that contain antiseptics such as tea tree oil, or skin soothing agents such as menthol and aloe vera - and top it off with a moisturizer containing SPF.
A little extra effort? Perhaps. A smoother, less painful shave? Definitely.