Do you dread shaving? Fear not, we're here to alleviate those concerns and give you some tips and tricks when it comes to shaving!
Two things to consider when shaving--what is your process? and what tools are you using?
Between refining your process and being picky about what you use to shave your face, you can achieve a nice, smooth finish without irritation or pain!
With shaving, you need to start with hot water to allow your skin to calm down, and also allow your hair to absorb some water and become more pliable; thus, being easier to shave.
Once you've rinsed your face off initially with the warm water, you can begin to prep your shaving cream and razor. Most shaving creams instruct you to lather up by rubbing some cream between your fingers and blotting the shaving solution onto your face in the desired areas that you would like to shave.
Not only does the shaving cream give your skin all the essential nutrients and protection necessary to execute a clean shave without encountering razor burn or other resistance, but shaving cream also give you a great visual representation of where you have and have not shaved yet.
Once you've rinsed your face with warm water, opened the pores, saturated the hair and covered it with shaving cream--you're ready!
But not just any old blade will do! And don't assume that the number of blades on a given razor is the end-all-be-all indicator of a good or bad blade. In fact, many times manufacturers will just add more blades to their razors simply to increase the perceived value of their razor, while the added blades provide no real added value to the end consumer.
A proper razor blade should be sharp and can have a bit of lubricant on it as well to ensure the blades to simply scrape against the skin. This lubricant is sometimes placed on the razor by the manufacturers, and sometimes is applied by your barber or yourself--whomever is doing the shaving!
Now that you've successfully prepared your face, your facial hair, as well as your tools, you are finally ready to get down to business and start your shave!
Take short stokes that move along with the grain of your hair. Though common sense may lead you to believe that shaving against the grain is preferred when you want a close shave, you will more often than not pay for that decision with a substantial amount of razor burn--which is never fun!
Shave slow, precisely, and make sure not to go over the same area over and over without proper lubrication.
Throughout the entire process, be thinking of how your face feels and "listen to your body" so to speak to ensure that you're not putting yourself through undue duress.
Once you have completed your shaving, give your face one last rinse with warm water to clean off the remaining shaving cream and any lingering hairs that may have gotten trapped after shaving.
If you choose, apply an aftershave to help promote skin regeneration and also to moisturize as well.
Caution--if you've cut yourself during the shaving process, the aftershave can be a bit of a burn! Be careful!