Let’s face it. Shaving is not exactly something that people enjoy doing. However, since hair removal contributes big time to the appearance of both men and women, we are kind of forced to do it on a regular basis.
When it comes to face shaving, most men believe that they know the right saving technique. The fact of the matter, however, is that many people – even in their 30s or 40s – do not know the right method to shave their face because of the wrong shaving techniques they practiced from the very beginning. Here are some tips that will help you get the perfect face shave done.
10 Shaving Tips for Men
- First of all, never attempt a face shave as soon as you get up in the morning. Your face is usually puffier in the morning so you need to wait for at least 10-15 minutes, after you get up, to get started with shaving. This will give you enough time to get your puffed up face to normalcy and hence help with a closer shave
- Next, it is always better to shave after a shower (or during a shower). This is because the shower will help in moisturizing the facial hair which will make it a lot easier to shave it off easily. This is because, wet hair is easier to cut than dry hair – remember what your hair stylist does before cutting your hair
- If you have no time to take shower but need to shave, wet a towel in warm water, squeeze excess water out and keep it on your face for 1-2 minutes before the shave. This will moisturize the facial hair good enough to do a quick shave. In short, never attempt shaving on a dry face
- As much as possible, use a brush to apply the shaving cream or gel on your face. Rub it in a circular motion and leave it on for at least 2 as this will help moisturize the area and soften up the hair further. There may be hand application shave forms available but working up the form using brushes gives the best shave
- Make sure that you use a razor with sharp blades and do not use a razor for more than 4 – 5 times max. Older razor blade edges may be blunt and can harm your skin. If you are using disposable razors, use them exactly once. Also, never touch or wipe the razor blades using clothes or your fingers
- When you are ready to shave, always begin with your side burns and start working downwards. You can shave your denser hair areas such as the chin and under your nose at the end so that these stubborn hairs are given longer time to moisturize. Moustache should be the last thing to be shaved off
- Rinse your blade in lukewarm water after every two or three strokes. The warm water will help ease out the cut hair along with the soap faster than cold water
- You need to always make sure that the shaving is done in the direction of your hair growth. At times, you will be tempted to change the direction to get a temporary clean shave but it’s harmful for the skin in the long run. If required, go through patchy areas once again after applying the lather
- After the save, rinse your skin with cold water as this will help harden up the pores thus restoring the skin to normal state. Pat dry your face with a non-alcoholic aftershave lotion or gel
- Do not believe the manufacturers claims of moisturizers contained within the shave form or aftershave lotion. Use a regular moisturizer with vitamin-E or aloe after the shave
You are now ready for a photo shoot!
Once the job is done, rinse off the brush and razor and leave them out to dry. Do not store your razors in an enclosed vanity box in the bathroom when they are still wet.