Are you guilty of these too?
1. Wrong Tools
As the word suggests, shaving with the wrong skin can be a disaster for your skin and if you have sensitive skin it is worse. The wrong selection of tools can lead to skin problems like redness and skin irritation. Going for a cheap razor to save money can cost you heavily. It can cause more harm than good. Always invest in a high-quality razor with adjustable head settings for a smooth and safe shaving experience. Also, a good shaving brush can be a lifesaver as it helps you apply the shaving cream evenly and help lift the strands of hair for a closer cut.
2. Dull Razor Blues
We all know that achieving a smooth shave is the ultimate goal, but are you still struggling with razor burn and irritation? Guess what – it is the dull razor blues you are dealing with! Does shaving feel more like a rusty spoon than a sharp blade? Ouch! Dull razor detected. Using a dull razor is one of the most common mistakes men make. It can turn your shaving routine into a nightmare.
Not only does it make the process way more uncomfortable, but it also leaves you with nicks and cuts that you could have easily avoided. This is how you fix it! Throw the old razor and get a new one as it will have shaper blades. Experts recommend changing your razor blade every few shaves or when you notice it's getting dull.
3. Going too hard
We know we say GO HARD OR GO HOME…..but dude you’re in your home already trying to fix that wild mane on your face. Be gentle with it, and it will make you look your best. Try to be hard on it, and be ready to face its anger. You want that smooth shave, and you want it now! But pressing down too hard would not get you there. In fact, it is a sure way to navigate straight into the dangerous realms of razor bumps and irritation. Instead, take a breath, go easy, and let gravity do its job. Let the razor glide gently across your skin, and you will still get a close shave without any unwanted side effects.
4. Skipping pre-shave ritual
It is nothing less than a ritual. It is super important for a comfortable and effective shave. Here’s how you get started with this. First off, wash your face with warm water and a cleanser that suits your skin. It helps remove the dirt, oils, and debris on the surface of the skin, helping you achieve a clean shave. The next step is to use a pre-shave oil or a pre-shave balm to soften the hair follicles, This creates a protective layer between the razor and your skin.
5. Shaving against the hair grain
Most men believe that going against the direction means a closer shave, but it is not the case. If you often notice bumps on your skin, feel skin irritation, and see increased ingrown hair on your face, this could be a contributor. Here is why, when you shave against the direction, your hair experiences tugs and pulls, therefore, causing them to be cut below the skin level. Instead, shave in the direction your hair grows to reduce irritation and achieve a comfortable, smooth shave. Still, if you wish to get a closer shave, you can glide your razor one more time to try and achieve the cleaner look you want.
6. What about the aftercare
Super essential. Not doing that means you’re dressing and keeping it open to heal on its own. Don’t do that. It is essential to keep your skin healthy and free from irritation after shaving. Unfortunately, most men neglect this step. After shaving, rinse your face with cold water(it closes the pores) and pat dry with a fresh & clean towel. The next step is to hydrate your skin with a soothing and alcohol-free aftershave balm to minimise the chances of any post-shave redness or inflammation. Do this frequently and see your skin visibly becoming soft and hydrated.
7. Do you even clean your razor?
After you’re done with your chop-chop routine, what about cleaning your chop-chop buddy? Keeping the razor clean is equally important to keep your skin happy and healthy. Your razor is your trusty companion, but neglecting its cleanliness is sure to make it rusty. When you don’t do this bacteria and debris can build up on your razor, causing skin irritations and infections. Here’s how you keep it clean. After every use, rinse it thoroughly. Pat dry with a clean cloth. Do not leave it in a damp, dark place. Keep it in a well-ventilated area, and keep the moisture away.
THAT’S A WRAP
So lads…..shaving is a ritual. It demands practice, attention, and care. Avoid the mistakes like using the wrong tools, pressing too hard, or neglecting aftercare, you can transform your shaving experience upside down. Remember, shaving is a ritual. It is a way to show yourself some well-deserved self-care. So with these insights, take charge of your shaving routine better and enjoy a more comfortable and rewarding shave.
Frequently Asked Question
Q. How can I maintain a shaving routine while travelling?
A. If you have an upcoming trip, it is best to get a travel-sized Shaving Kit with your preferred razor, shaving cream, and Aftershave Balm in it. Go for a portable and protective razor case to keep your razor clean and safe during your trip.
Q. Are there any natural alternatives to shaving creams or gels?
A. Yes, some people use natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil as a substitute for shaving cream. However, there is no surety about how your skin might react to it. So it is essential to patch test first to ensure you do not have any adverse reactions to the oil.