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Guide to Shaving Your Face
Shaving your face is for most men an important part of their daily morning routine. So it is vital that you get it right!
Luckily you've found a no nonsense guide to doing it the best. Here I will go over the full process for a wet shave, techniques, hints and tips.
Before you start though, are you ready? I mean, do you need to at all? How do you know? What age will you know to start? Why do you even need to do it?
If you’re not too sure, read this article about how to know you are ready.
Ready? Let’s go!
The 6 Easy Steps To A Perfect Shave
1. Get your stuff ready!
Grab your razor, cream, gel, oil, towel, hot water and all the other stuff you need and head into the bathroom. Read more about what equipment you will need before you begin. You need to make sure you have the right stuff before step 2.
2. Preparing Yourself Before You Start So you take the most care, you need to prepare yourself. I don’t mean mentally prepare yourself, I mean get your face washed and clean and those hairs softened up. This makes the whole process a lot more effective and you’ll have less to worry about later. Read more about preparing yourself here.
3. Lather Up! Seems kind of obvious and it is, but you would be surprised at the people who don’t use any kind of cream, gel or oil on their face. There are plenty of different products out there to suit everyone and it is very important that you lather on the shaving cream before you get out the razor. Read here for more information about the different types and how to apply shaving cream or oil.
4. Shaving Now you’ve done all that preparation and applied your cream, oil, or gel, it’s time to get out the razor and get to it!
It doesn’t really make much difference where on your face you start but most people, including me, start at the top of the sideburns and work down finishing on the neck.
Rinse the razor in the hot water, shake it off and with one short stroke, slowly slide the razor down your face. Rinse the cream and hair off the razor, and continue with another stroke. Repeat this until you have completed your whole face. Make sure you stay with the grain; do not go against the grain at any time!
It can be tricky in certain spots like under your nose, the sides of your lips and under the chin so be careful not to cut yourself and don't go over the same area too many times.
Be sure to take small strokes – about 2 inches/5 cm in length, smaller still if you have a lot of growth to get rid of. This makes it easier to clean off the razor for the next stroke.
It may be very tempting to go even closer by going against the grain. Don't do it! It will feel good to start with, but as the hair grows back it will be itchy, may break out in a rash or even a case of razor bumps! Avoid all these problems by going with the grain.
5. Finish Off Right, now that’s done, have a look to see if you’ve missed anywhere and go back over any bits you have missed. Be very careful here, this is where you are likely to nick yourself or if you go over your skin too much, put yourself at risk of razor burn or razor bumps.
Grab your towel and rinse it in cold water this time. Use it to wipe over the face and clean up any remaining bits of cream. The cold water will close your pores on your face which will help to stop acne and other bacteria getting in there.
6. Aftershave A good one to impress, there are many different kinds out on the market. The idea here is to close the pores even further (which is achieved with alcohol as an ingredient), as well as to protect the skin and give off a nice aroma. Splash a little onto your hands and pat into your face as required. Use sparingly as its usually expensive and too much will give off too much aroma which can be quite strong. Read more about aftershave.
Want To Learn More? What do you do if you can’t afford all these fancy schmancy razors, creams and afterbalms? Don’t worry; getting a clean cut on a budget is easier than you think! Read here for tips on reducing the costs.
That's it! You're done! Now you will be nicely clean shaven and looking and smelling good. Now clean up and get dressed!
A lot of people who use the wrong technique or the wrong equipment will end up with some kind of problems. Razor bumps and razor burn are the most common. How do you prevent these from happening?
Taking too long? Need some tips? Read about tips and timesavers here.
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