Even if you have been doing it for years, say, since puberty, the shaving technique you currently practice may well be wrong! Some men are not well versed in the best tools, how to pick gels versus creams, and when to use aftershave products.
But now is your chance to play catch up. Follow these five rules for shaving for an opportunity to show off a chiselled jaw, and consider this the rule book for your smoothest shear yet.
1. The blade
An angled multiple-blade razor boasts a few advantages. An angled blade makes it easier to cover all the curves of your face, and additional blades catch annoyingly tiny hairs. Plus, multi-blade razors are easier to use. For sensitive skin, try an electric razor. It will not shave as close, but it is less irritating to skin.
2. The right prep
A quality shave cream or gel is the key to a smooth shave. Skip alcohol-based products, which dry out skin, and look for moisturizing ingredients, like glycerin, instead. Chamomile and aloe vera are also both natural anti-inflammatories that calm and hydrate skin. Also look for earthy products that contain marshmallow, green tea, calendula, and evening primrose extracts. These all help ease minor cuts and fight razor burn, irritation, and itchiness.
3. The technique
Shaving after a hot shower is best since steam opens up pores and softens coarse hairs, two things that make for an overall smoother shave. Use warm to hot water to lather up your cream or gel. Then use long, even strokes to move the razor in the direction of hair growth, this is the best tactic for preventing razor burn and ingrown hairs. To finish off an extra-close shave, re-lather your face and gently shave against the grain. Think slow and steady to prevent cuts.
4. The aftershave
To maintain that just-shaved smoothness, follow up a razor session with a moisturizing aftershave. To reduce redness and irritation, look for one that contains aloe. Apply the product when skin is still damp so it locks in moisture. If you notice irritation, use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. It is safe to use on your face, and cuts down on the inflammation that causes redness.
5. The clean-up
Reusing blades too many times gives bacteria and mold time to grow, and you might wind up with staph, strep or fungal infections on your grooming tools. Replace disposable razor blades every week and clean electric razors with alcohol after each use.
Source: Men’s Fitness