Maintaining a perfect shave is no easy task. It requires a lot of patience, the right shaving tools, a proper shaving technique, and time. Considering the average rate of growth of facial hair, most men need to shave twice a week to keep a nice and clean shave.
However, a large percentage of them end up doing it every day. Maybe the reason why long beards have become so fashionable in the last few years is that shaving is a lot of work.
Many men hate shaving because their skin reacts very badly to the aggressiveness of the blade. Although this can happen naturally to the most sensitive skins, in the vast majority of cases, it only happens when the man does something wrong along the shaving process.
But don’t worry, we are here to teach you everything you need to know to shave your face and not break out.
Without further ado, here’s how to properly shave your face(and a few common mistakes to avoid):
1. Before Shaving Completely… Shave Just A Little
This is the most fundamental shaving tip. Weirdly enough, a lot of men still make the mistake of shaving a long and bushy beard without trimming it first. In this case, the blade will pull some of the facial hairs instead of cutting them, causing a feeling of discomfort and slight pain.
To trim your beard before shaving, you can either use an electric razor or beard trimming scissors. Ideally, you should have a famous 5 o’clock shadow before shaving it with a manual razor.
2. Hydrate Your Skin And Facial Hair
There’s a reason most characters in TV commercials for shaving products are shaving right after showering. That is precisely the best time to shave – or, if you prefer, you can even do it in the shower.
Water softens the hair and allows the razor to glide easily, which helps prevent nicks, cuts, and skin irritation. Common mistake: as you can already tell, not washing your face before shaving is a critical mistake.
But there’s another one worth mentioning: washing your face with cold water. It would help if you always did it with hot water to open your pores and further soften your facial hair.
3. Apply Shaving Cream
Shaving cream serves four extremely important functions, making it an indispensable part of the shaving process: hydration, lubrication, tracking, and soothing your skin.
You can either opt for shave foam or shaving gel. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend the latter because it has enhanced lubricants and allows for more razor glide, which results in more effective protection for your skin.
According to experts, Nivea Men Sensitive Shave Gel, Barbasol Original Shaving cream, and Cremo Classic Shave Cream are among the best shaving cream for men.
Some people like to use shaving cream alternatives like hair conditioners and oils, but we always recommend using a specialized product for this purpose.
Common mistake: some men don’t use enough shaving cream, which makes the whole process much more difficult. Your facial hair should be completely covered in cream after you spread it with small circular movements. It’s way better to have too much shaving cream than not enough, so keep that in mind.
4. Check The Lubrication Strips And Blades
Unfortunately, you can’t use the same blade forever. When the lubrication strips look worn, and the blade feels dull while you are shaving, it’s time to change it.
Most modern razors last somewhere between 5 to 10 shaves. If you often forget to buy new blades, there are many services you can subscribe to that will send you a package of new blades every month – many major brands offer similar subscription plans, so check them out.
Common mistake: using the wrong type of razor is definitely among the most common shaving mistakes. Nowadays, almost all products are high-quality and can guarantee a clean shave, but you still have to find the right blade for you.
Both the Gillette vibrating razor and the Fusion5 Proglide Power are amazing options, for example. Another pro tip: don’t use disposable blades regularly. Please. Both your face and the environment will be very grateful.
5. Use Gentle Movements To Shave
You don’t have to make any harsh movements or apply too much pressure to shave properly. This will only put a lot of stress on your skin and lead to irritation. The razor makes all the work!
You just have to gently guide it alongside your face. Don’t forget to rinse your blades often without tapping them against the sink. These products are carefully designed, and the impact of these taps may seriously damage some of the parts of the razor and affect its performance.
Common mistakes: shaving over the same spot multiple times and using long strokes are the two mistakes responsible for the majority of cuts. Always use short strokes and reapply shaving cream over a specific spot if you need to shave it more than once.
Another pro tip: contrary to popular belief, you should shave with and against the grain. Modern razors are engineered to be highly effective in both types of movements, which will help provide a smooth shave.
6. Apply Aftershave
We finally reached the last step: applying aftershave or moisturizer. These products help your skin recover, and many contain anti-bacterial properties that add an extra layer of protection to your skin and prevent infection of minor cuts.
They also have a pleasant smell. Try not to touch your face after applying aftershave – your skin is sensitive, and your dirty hands can lead to an acne outbreak or other skin problems. Common mistakes: rinsing your face with hot water before applying aftershave is a no-no.
As we have mentioned earlier, hot water opens the pores. But at this point in the shaving process, you need to close them to prevent dirt and germs from finding a way into your skin. Use cold water! Oh, and be careful with alcohol-based aftershaves. Your skin might not like them and get too dry.