Shaving is often seen as something that men should enjoy doing, but this is often not the case. It is not uncommon for men to experience razor burn and to get nicks while they are shaving. Luckily, there are ways that you can overcome this. All you need is a good technique and the right tools for the job. Here are 8 top shaving tips that every man should know:
1. Choose The Right Skincare
If you have a good skincare regime, then this generally means that your skin is healthier. If you use a daily facial wash that has exfoliating properties then this can help to remove the bacteria that can contribute to razor burn.
2. Make Sure You Prepare Your Skin Before Shaving
If the blade can glide over your skin smoothly when you are shaving, then you are less likely to experience nicks. If you have a hot shower before you shave, then this means you the hairs will be softer. They can be made softer still by applying a pre-shave oil and this will have the added advantage of lubricating the blade which will make it easier to glide over your skin.
3. Choose The Right Shave Cream
Using the right shaving cream can make all the difference to the success of the shave. When looking at the ingredients, you should make sure that aloe is included in the list as this will reduce irritation. You also want to look for a cream that offers cushioning to give extra protection between your skin and the blade.
4. Choose The Right Razor
One of the most crucial aspects of getting a good shave is making sure you are using the right razor. The razor that you choose should depend on the issues that you have when you are shaving. If you find that you frequently nick the skin, then a razor with multiple blades should glide more smoothly across the skin. However, if you suffer from irritation than a razor with fewer blades will be the best choice.
5. Keep The Blades Sharp
You will find it easier to shave if the blades of your razor are sharp. This means that they need to be changed on a regular basis. However, you can extend the life of your disposable razors by running them down the legs of your jeans after every shave. This gets rid of any debris that may be clogging up the razor and also helps to keep the blades sharp. After you have done this you can also soak the blades in alcohol. This will help to get rid of any bacteria which may cause razor burn.
6. Make Sure You Have A Good Shaving Technique
It has taken some time for me to find the right technique for shaving but I am more than happy to share with you what works for me. I find that short gentle strokes work better because the longer the razor is next to your skin, the more likely you are to begin to apply pressure. You can always reapply your shave cream and go over your face again if needed.
7. Choose The Right Aftershave
You should look for an aftershave that has a low alcohol content. Although alcohol can be useful as an antiseptic, it can also dry out the skin and this can lead to irritation. There are natural ingredients that have antiseptic properties and you should look for these in the aftershave that you use. Witch hazel, aloe and willow bark are just some examples of these properties.
8. If You Face Anything
Even if you follow all the tips that have been shared above, you may still find that there are occasions where you suffer from razor burn or where you nick the skin. In these situations it can help to be prepared. There are aftershaves that are designed to help the skin heal after it has become irritated, and so it can be helpful to have this kind of aftershave on hand. If you do nick the skin, then applying lip balm will be more effective than tissue at sealing the wound and preventing bleeding.