We have to admit first to ourselves that most of us get our shaving wrong, before embracing a solution. Getting your shave right or wrong is an important factor that determines a huge part of our daily lives which is our appearance. Good news is with this detailed shaving guide, you won’t have to worry about the bad sides of shaving with include barber rash, acne, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and other skin conditions.
STEP 1 – Prepare the shaving area
Having a warm shower before shaving or applying a wet warm towel around the shaving area should be your first step. In addition to getting rid of the dirt, this helps to soften the hair and open up your pores. You may want to use a pre-shave lotion to help further soften the hair and skin around it. Apparently this first step is the most widely neglected step in shaving probably because everyone is more focused on getting rid of the hair and feeling that smooth skin it leaves behind.
STEP 2 – Use a shaving cream
Never dry shave! This should be motto to abide by when shaving. Using soaps should never be an alternative to shaving cream. Shaving creams are thicker and stick to your skin more alongside moisturizing it before the shave while giving that flawless look after. Why risk getting razor burns and cuts?
STEP 3 – Review your blades
This is to make sure you don’t put a dull blade on your sensitive skin. Ideally you should change your blade after every 5 uses to be on the safe side. Asides from saving your time with each stroke, it also helps for better control over your shave.
STEP 4 – Take note of shaving direction
Its advised you shave according to how your hair grows and against it to get that smooth flawless shave. Also be sure to reduce pressure to avoid cuts. Always rinse your blades completely before every stroke.
STEP 5 – After shaving
Remember opening your pores up with a warm bath? well you’re done shaving and you need them closed back to avoid skin irritation. Rinsing your face completely with cold water would help you achieve this. You may also want to apply a moisturizing lotion or an after shave just to replenish moisture.
With this 5 basic steps, you have just mastered the art of having a smooth flawless shave. You may want to give it time but you can be assured after your first 3-5 tries, you would have improved your control and prowess in the art.