How to Shave Happy
Let’s face it, fellas. Shaving isn’t the highlight of every man’s morning, especially when razor burn and irritation are the results of this necessary evil. Shaving leaves a man’s face feeling one of two ways: fresh and smooth or inflamed and bumpy. The preference is obvious, and it directly correlates with high self esteem. What man doesn’t want that? It’s time to add some new tips and tricks to your shaving practices in order to prevent common irritation and maintain a soft, glowing face.
First, it’s important to understand the common causes of razor burn and irritation. Problems are difficult to resolve without understanding the cause. The top three causes of razor burn are:
- Excessive pressure
- The razor should only be pressed gently against the skin. When a great deal of pressure seems necessary a new blade is needed.
- Dull blades
- Excessive pressure and dull blades go hand in hand. When a blade is dull the shaver has a tendency to apply too much pressure. Invest in a product that allows for replaceable razor heads to ensure the closest shave possible. Replace razor heads frequently — especially cheap, disposable razors.
- Minimal or no lubrication
- A good lather is half the battle. Apply warm water to the location that will be shaved in order to soften the hair and open pores. Then, apply a shaving gel or cream that provides a creamy lather to allow the blade to glide smoothly across the lubricated area. Men-U, an award winning line of men’s hair, shaving, and skin care products, advises shavers to stay away from cheap shaving creams that foam because it causes more resistance between the skin and blade than creamy products
Detailing ‘the perfect shave experience,’ The Art of Shaving offers a four-step shaving process that all men should follow. Whether you prefer shaving near the sink or in the shower, these are easy-to-follow steps.
- Prepare — The Art of Shaving suggests its Pre-Shave Oil that provides skin protection and improves razor glide. Inexpensive pre-shaving oils can be found at your local convenient store to maintain healthy skin.
- Lather up — Use a creamy shaving gel or cream to reduce resistance between the blade and face. Specialty creams exist that require a brush to generate a creamy lather.
- Shave — Shave gently with the grain of the beard using a sharp razor. For a closer shave, re-lather and shave against the grain of the beard, as advised by The Art of Shaving.
- Moisturize — Rinse the freshly shaven face with cold water and apply an after shave moisturizer. Here is a list of the top rated after shave products by GoodGuide.
Keeping these shaving tips and tricks in mind next time you lather up will hopefully diminish the daunting task of shaving and turn the process into a refreshing morning ritual. If you have sensitive skin, do some extra research on the best products for your skin type. Looking good shouldn’t be painful, and now it doesn’t have to be!