Your Guide to Shaving Properly

In reality, it is quite possible for you to get a barbershop quality shave every morning in the privacy of your own bathroom. You just need to follow a few steps to receive the results you want.

Step 1: Prep Your Face- This step is probably the most overlooked step in the shaving process. Some of you will just pick up a razor, dab a bit of water on it and begin to shave. A good prep cleanses the skin, opens your pores, and softens the skin, making it easier for you to shave without cutting yourself. To prepare your skin properly, I suggest you shave towards the end of, or right after a hot shower. This will relax your pores, and soften your beard. Only in a tight situation should you use a towel with hot water. Also, make sure your using a high quality shave cream, and stay away from products that contain menthol, which actually closes your pores and stiffens your facial hair. For you guys with extremely tough hair and skin, a Pre Shave Oil can be used to further soften the beard and reduce the razor drag. Applying the cream in a circular motion with a badger shaving brush gently exfoliates the skin, and lifts the whiskers to allow for a cleaner, easier shave.

Step 2: Shave- Two of the leading reasons for ingrown hairs and razor burn are poor lubrication and dull blades. Step one discusses poor lubrication and how you can avoid it but a good blade is another must-have in order to have a close, and comfortable shave. A three blade razor such as the Gillette Mach3 Turbo is a good razor to consider getting the job done. It’s affordable and its three blade razor helps with a clean shave. While shaving, you should stretch the area of your face your up to and glide the razor gently over your face, applying the least amount of pressure as possible. If you cut yourself apply a moist alum block, or styptic pencil to stop bleeding.

Step 3: Repair- After shaving, always remember to close your pores by rinsing your face with cold water. Gently pat your face dry with a soft cloth, or towel rather than dragging the towel across your face. You want to apply a good aftershave next, although I suggest you stay away from products containing alcohol, because they can dry out your skin. The right aftershave can promote quicker repair and moisturize the skin.

Tip: Remember the most important factor in getting a good shave is taking your time. Your dealing with a sharp razor and your face, so if you plan on rushing I suggest you wait til you have more time available to you. No one wants to have a cut across their cheek before they go out on a date.

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