Follow These Expert-Recommended Tips to Get a Smooth Shave Every Time
If you’re tired of nicks, cuts, and irritation from shaving your face or body then this blog post is for you. In today’s post, we will be going over the best ways to get a smooth shave every time. This includes products, techniques, and tools that will make your next shave a lot less time-consuming and more comfortable. Read on for our expert tips to getting a smooth-shave every time.
Why should a man shave?
The answer to this question is both simple and complex. Why not try asking why he SHOULDN’T shave? It’s a personal preference that changes with each man. For some men, it’s all about the beard and for others, they just want to remove hair completely from their face or body. There are even some men who only shave a few times per year. The one thing that most men agree on, though, is that shaving can be a tedious task if you don’t know what you’re doing. It can also lead to discomfort and even a few nicks and cuts on your face or body.
One of the biggest reasons why some men shave is because they want to avoid the dreaded 5 o’clock shadow. This term applies to facial hair that starts growing out around noon (give or take a few hours) and gets increasingly thicker through the day until it’s noticeable on your face by late afternoon. Women might like this look but many men aren’t fond of it and would prefer staying clean-shaven all day long.
There are several factors involved in getting a close, smooth shave that minimizes hair regrowth and irritation on your skin. We discuss them further below.
Use a good shaving cream that will help your razor glide smoothly across your skin
A good quality shaving cream does many things. It will soften your hairs by lubricating them so that they are easier to cut. It ensures that the razor glides smoothly over your skin without you having to press too hard on your skin. It also protects and moisturizes your skin while shaving thus lessening chances of ingrown hairs, nicks, and cuts.
Another advantage of using good shaving cream is that it helps you save money when compared to shaving creams that do not have these properties.
Shave during or after a hot shower
Hot water and heat cause your skin pores to open up. This allows the shaving cream or gel you are using to “soak in” deeper and thus moisturizing your skin and making it more supple for a smoother shave.
It also helps soften and loosen those stubborn hairs that otherwise would have gotten caught in between blades of the razor’s surface while shaving. This will make your shaving experience less miserable especially if you are using a manual razor.
Use an aftershave that is alcohol-free and moisturizing to soothe and protect your skin
An aftershave is another important product in the grooming regimen of a man. An aftershave helps heal and prevent infection from nicks, cuts, or razor burns. A product such as tend skin solution should be helpful when used as an aftershave. Rinsing away any remnants of shaving cream on your skin after you are done shaving will help prevent clogging up the pores and thus reduce the chances of acne or other breakouts.
Make sure to use a non-comedogenic (acne-prone) product that is alcohol-free as this type of aftershave will help soothe and heal your skin without the risk of further irritating it.
Be sure to use a sharp razor that does not clog up easily
Just as you would replace your toothbrush every three months, you should also replace your razor blades at this frequency as well. A dull blade will only shave off less hair and will only increase the chances of getting razor bumps, acne, or ingrown hairs. A sharp blade glides smoothly across the skin, reducing the chances that you will get any irritation.
A dull blade also requires you to put more pressure on your face which can be uncomfortable or even lead to further irritation if you have certain types of skin conditions such as rosacea. It also increases the chances of getting ingrown hair because your facial hairs are not being cut properly when it’s dull.
Choose a single blade safety razor instead of a multi-blade cartridge razor
A recent trend among shaving companies that have started selling their own disposable razors, is to sell three or four blades on each cartridge. Companies are making a killing with this marketing ploy because many men see owning a razor with multiple blades as providing them with a closer shave against their skin.
Unfortunately, these multi-blade cartridge razors also have the effect of clogging up easily and since you’re using less actual shaving cream or gel when compared to using an old-fashioned single-blade safety razor, it’s no wonder why more men are suffering from ingrown hairs and redness after shaving.
Apply a moisturizing balm to prevent ingrown hairs from forming in the future
After you’re done shaving, rinse your face again with warm water. Pat, dry with a cotton towel, and apply a moisturizer to soothe your skin.
For those who have sensitive skin, use a pre-shave oil before applying shaving cream. Pre-shave oil helps lubricate the skin and hair follicles in preparation for shaving. It also softens up facial hair before it gets caught in between the blades of your razor thus making shaving more comfortable.
If you have sensitive skin, make sure that the ingredients in the products you are using do not contain alcohol or synthetic fragrances which can be
Always make sure you clean your blades with alcohol or soap and water after each use
This will keep them sharper longer and prevent rust formation. It is also more hygienic because you are less likely to transfer bacteria from your face onto the razor. This can cause skin issues like acne breakouts.
Always shave in the same direction of hair growth except for your sideburns, chin, and mustache region where you should go against the grain to prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs from occurring.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or experienced shaver, the tips we’ve provided will help make your shaving routine more effective and enjoyable. Don’t forget that it takes time to get used to different products so don’t be discouraged by how long it may take before you see results.