Shaving is going to be a daily or weekly chore for many, and that is why it is important to understand the basics of this task in order to avoid discomfort. Without the proper preparation, technique and products, men could be in for a lifetime of uncomfortable and unsightly razor burn, cuts, and ingrown hairs.
Prepping the Correct Way
One of the single most important steps in this process is to prep one’s skin in the proper manner. Hair follicles can be especially rigid and the pores around them can be clogged as well. Before applying any shaving cream, it is best to open up one’s pores by either taking a shower or using a wash cloth and warm water. In both of these instances, the skin should be gently massaged for a moment to reduce the chances of skin agitation.
Finding the Best Razor for Your Skin
If the correct preparation is not working as well as one would wish, it may be time to take a fresh look at the razors that are being used. In recent years, many of the leading companies are now offering razors with upwards of four or more blades, but some studies show that this new design may not be the most effective. For those that will be shaving while on the road, travel kits for men should include either single-bladed disposables or a lightweight electric shaver.
The Correct Form
No matter the type of razor that is being used, correct form is key. Once the skin has been prepped, the razor should be used with the grain of one’s hairs for the first few strokes. After the majority of the hair has been removed, they can then go against the grain if they would like closer shave. The razor should be rinsed in water and wiped carefully throughout the process.
The Right Post-Shave Products
From body lotion to traditional aftershave, it is important to rehydrate one’s skin immediately after the shave without clogging pores. In most instances, men will want to use a product containing Salicylic acid. This is a dermatological-grade product that has undergone rigorous testing and is highly effective. Not only will it reduce the chance of razor burn, it will also help to keep one’s pores clean while exfoliating the skin.
By taking the time to find the best products and mastering the most effective techniques, men can look forward to a comfortable, close shave throughout their lifetime.