Whether you’re new to the art of shaving or you’re looking to get rid of an epic beard, it’s important to learn the basics. Even veteran shavers still make mistakes which can lead to injury, irritation and discomfort. From the way you hold the razor to the products you use, the choices you make can determine the effectiveness (and enjoyment) of your shave. Not sure where to start? Heed these basic rules first.
Do: Wet Your Skin and Facial Hair
Whether you’re using a safety razor, disposable razor or straight razor, you want it to glide across your skin with ease. Shaving dry skin can lead to nicks and cuts. Moisture is your best friend when you desire a clean shave. Preparation is the key for a great shave; therefore shaving after or during a warm/hot shower will soften the beard. Additionally a pre-shave oil or cream such as Proraso’s Pre-shave Cream or Anthony Pre-shave conditioning oil is ideal to help this process and feels incredible.
Don’t: Think Water Is Enough
While it’s important to wet your skin and hair beforehand, you need more than water for an effective shave. Invest in a soothing, moisturising shaving cream like Proraso’s Shea Butter Shave Cream. Formulated from shea butter and sandalwood oil, this shave cream is designed to lather nicely and keep your skin hydrated. If you prefer an alternative to cream, try Anthony Shave Gel, which uses a combination of natural ingredients to provide an equally smooth shave, high level of hydration with minimal foam, making it easier to find those sharp beard lines.
Do: Apply Shaving Cream with a Brush
It might seem a bit old-fashioned, but a shaving brush is the only way to evenly apply shaving cream, exfoliate the skin and bring up the hair cleaner shave. When you use your hands for application, you’ll miss spots and you’ll end up with more cream on your hands than on your face. The Mühle Traditional 3 Piece Shaving Set has all the tools you need for a great shave session.
Don’t: Shave Against the Grain
You should hold your razor at a 30-degree angle so the blade doesn’t sit too close to your skin. Be sure to shave in the direction of your growth and not against the grain. Often, guys will shave in both directions for a closer shave. While it’s true that you’ll end up with a smoother face, the hair will start to curl back into the skin when it grows in. This leaves you prone to irritation, redness, razor bumps and worst of all in-grown’s. If you find yourself going over spots multiple times in both directions, it’s time to invest in a different razor.
Do: Reapply Cream or Gel for Multiple Passes
When you lather up the first time, you should take a single pass with the razor in small sections of your face until you’ve covered every part. If you feel like some portions need a second or third pass, reapply your cream or gel first. Just as shaving with only water can lead to accidents, second passes without adequate cream can do the same thing.
Don’t: Skip the Aftershave
When you shave, this is basically exfoliation for your skin. Your pores are open, and your skin will be left high and dry once you towel off. Baxter of California’s Face and Hair Care Travel Kit features an After Shave Balm that’s moisturizing and gentle. You need a solution that helps replenish the skin’s moisture after giving it a beating with the razor.
Finish off a shave with a good quality in-grow hair treatment. Anthony Ingrown hair treatment, Shaveworks The Cool Fix or Lycon Ingrown-x-it Solution are fantastic products to use, helping prevent and restore skin from ingrown hair, razor bumps and irritation.
Shaving is a time-honored masculine tradition that requires skill and proper technique for the best possible results. Weather shaving is routine or not, these basic shaving principles are for you. We at Stubbles believe using the right product for your skin type with quality shaving utensils will greatly improve the shaving experience, making you look forward to your next shave rather then seeing it as a chore. We personally believe these basic shaving principles can be applied to any part of the body as well as the face.