Are you tired of nicks, cuts, and razor burns every time you pick up a blade? Or you’re a first time shaver and are afraid of getting that blade on your skin because of the horror stories your seniors have told you from their first few experiences? Relax and imagine a world where every stroke of the razor feels like a soothing massage, and your skin is left silky smooth with no irritation at all. Sounds like a dream? It’s not. We’ve brought you the easiest step-by-step guide to ace the game of shaving and master the blade. The journey to the perfect shave starts now.
Step 1: Healthy Habits
Before you take off with your razor, make sure to properly prepare your skin. Drink plenty of water everyday to keep your skin healthy and hydrated from inside out. Also include high-fibre foods in your daily diet.
Step 2: Pre-Shave Scrub
A pre-shave scrub is a product that is used before shaving to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. This helps to create a smooth surface for the razor to glide over, reducing the risk of razor burn, nicks, and cuts. The scrub also helps to unclog pores, which can reduce the risk of ingrown hair. The use of a pre-shave scrub can result in a closer, more comfortable shave and smoother, healthier-looking skin.
How to Scrub: Wet your skin with lukewarm water, in order to open the pores. Apply the scrub on your face and massage in circular motion for at least 60 seconds. Focus on the areas that are rough. Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all traces of the scrub and dead skin flakes. Pat dry.
Step 3: Shaving Cream/Foam
Once you’re through exfoliating your skin, it's time to lather up! This step is very important as it lubricates the skin and creates a barrier between the skin and the razor, reducing friction and allowing for a smoother shave. A good shaving cream/foam also helps soften the beard hair, making it easier to cut and provide a closer shave. Lastly, it also helps to lift the hair away from the skin, reducing the chance of ingrown hair.
How to Lather: Grab your shaving cream or foam and get ready to create a rich and luxurious lather. The thicker the lather, the better the protection for your skin. So, wet the area of your face that needs to be shaved. Apply shaving cream equivalent to the amount of face cream that you generally use on your face. Now wet your shaving brush and thoroughly work up the lather with gentle circular strokes. The more you work it, the thicker it will get.
Alternatively, if you’re using shaving foam, simply wet your face, dispense a dollop of foam in your hand and gently apply it over your stubble, massaging it for a few seconds in order for it to properly lubricate your skin.
Step 4: Razor
If shaving was a game of chess, then a razor is king - the most important piece on the board. The purpose of a razor in shaving is to cut hair at skin level, providing a smooth and clean shave. They typically have one or more blades which move across the skin to cut the hair. The handle of the razor is used for control and precision, allowing you to maneuver it to reach every area of their face or body. Razors are a common tool used for personal grooming and can help achieve a close, clean shave with minimal irritation.
How to Shave: Take your time and use slow, gentle strokes while shaving in the direction of your hair growth. This will help prevent razor burns and ingrown hair. Remember, a sharp razor is key, so make sure to replace the blades or the cartridges regularly.
Step 5: Rinse
After shaving, rinse your skin with cold water to close your pores and reduce redness and irritation. This will also help soothe and refresh your skin.
Step 5: Post Shave Balm
To finish off your shaving routine, moisturise your skin with a good post shave balm that soothes your skin, reduces any inflammation and also replenishes any lost moisture from the skin.
Quick Tips on Shaving For Men
Go with the grain: shave in the direction of hair growth to prevent razor burns and ingrown hair. Use slow and gentle strokes to avoid irritation.
Never dry shave: use a rich lather or cream to lubricate your skin and protect it from the razor. Don’t skimp on the lather, the thicker the better.
Geta sharp razor: a dull razor can pull at your hair and irritate your skin, so make sure to replace it regularly.
Rinse with cold water: cold water helps close your skin pores and reduce redness and irritation.
By following these tips, you'll be on your way to a smooth and luxurious shaving experience. So put down that electric razor, pick up a traditional blade, and embrace your inner barber. Happy shaving!