For those of us who don’t grow a beard, shaving is a daily or semi daily task that we practice for most of our lives. That said, it is important to get the most out of our daily shave.
After all, the shave we get affects not just our appearance— it also affects the health and well being of our face.
Bad shaving habits can cause any number of conditions, from razor bumps to ingrown hairs.
This article will present several tips that will help ensure that you get the perfect shave each and every time.
Tip 1: Wash your face before shaving
The worst thing you can do is to shave with a dirty face. Dirt and grime can clog pores, which in turn will contribute to razor bumps and ingrown hair.
Washing your face before shaving will remove any buildup, making shaving safer and smoother.
Additionally, when your facial hair is wet it is softer, and thus, easier to cut. Washing your face has to be a must if you want the perfect shave.
Tip 2: Use good product
The cost of shaving products can cause anyone to make one of the most fundamental of mistakes—to buy cheap junk.
The problem with cheaper products, such as razors, shave cream or shave gel, is that they aren’t as well made as the costlier brands. Thus, cheap razors will tend to dull faster, or tug at your hair, causing irritation and burning.
Cheap creams or gels won’t condition your skin as well, and thus will also deliver inferior results.
In order to guarantee the perfect shave, you need to invest in quality products.
Tip 3: Use proper shaving techniques
Another reason why people don’t always get the perfect shave, even with quality products, is that their shaving techniques are wrong.
It is recommended to always shave with the grain of your face, thus avoiding chafing and burning.
While shaving against the grain may cut a little closer, the chances are that it will also lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
Tip 4: Wash after shaving
Giving your face another good, hot wash after shaving is an absolute necessity if you want the best results.
Residue from shave gels, creams and even loose hair can clog pores, causing rashes, bumps and even ingrown hairs.
Tip 5: Use aftershave conditioners
The shaving process can be brutal on your skin. Using top quality soaps and shave gels will help reduce the effects of shaving, but this is still not always enough.
Using a good quality aftershave skin conditioner will help restore moisture to your skin, keeping it soft and fresh.
Aftershave products can also help to prevent razor burn, bumps and even ingrown hairs. A good aftershave product will pamper and protect your face like a good waxing for your car after washing it.
Tip 6: Avoid harsh products
Gone are the days when the choices of aftershave products were harsh, harsher and altogether destructive.
Aloes and other natural soothing ingredients are commonplace in aftershave products these days, so do your homework and avoid the harsh, alcohol filled products that will dry your face and leave you smelling like a rental car.
There was a time when the products for a perfect shave were either expensive or altogether impossible to find.
Today, there are plenty of brands that provide soothing, refreshing pre and aftershave products.
Using these products, as well as the tips in this article, will help ensure that you get the perfect shave each and every time.