am pretty sure most of us experience nicks or cuts
when shaving. Irritation due to shaving has always
been a problem. There is no worse way to start a day
than a bad shave. Smooth and irritation-free shave
is not far away if you follow the shaving steps below.
a good quality blade and razor with a handle of good
weight and balance. This will make sure control of
the shaving strokes is easier for a closer shave.
The chances of slippage and cutting oneself will be
Buy a Men-U Barbiere Shaving Brush or Men-U Premier
Synthetic Shaving Brush. Although this is optional
but people who used it swear that it makes a huge
difference in shaving. The shaving brush will soften
and lifts the beard away from the face while generating
a good lather. This lathering motion with the shaving
brush also helps to exfoliate the area to be shaved,
so as to minimize blade dragging across the skin.
Use a glycerin-based shave cream or gel to prep your
beard. Glycerin traps water on the beard, thus keeping
it soft and allows the blade to glide smoothly across
your face. Look out for products that contain organic
silicones such as dimethicone for greater slip and
lubrication. If you are really caught without a shaving
cream or gel, hair conditioner can makes a good stand-in.
But do please buy a proper shaving cream as they will
reduce the harmful effects of shaving.
Avoid products that contain numbing agents such as
benzocaine or menthol as these will close your pores
and stiffen your beard. They will also irritate your
skin post-shave. Stay clear of products that are heavily
frangranced. Preventing irritation during shaving
will go a long way towards delaying skin aging.
The best time to shave is after shower or during shower.
This will let your beard soften before shaving is
done. Clean skin will minimize the chances of razor
bumps and ingrown hairs. Exfoliating your face before
shaving will also contributes towards a smoother shave.
Use warm water when shaving as they soften your beard
and makes easier gliding for your blade.
Shave in the direction that your beard grows first.
Shaving against the direction will cause ingrown hairs.
For a closer shave, re-lather and shave gently against
the direction after the initial shave for the smoothest
Let your blade glide. Do not apply too much pressure
as this will lead to irritation, razor bumps and ingrown
hairs. Be gentle during shaving if you do not want
to end up with nicks and cuts. Do remember to rinse
your blade often as you shave.
Dump aftershave products that contain alcohol. They
will sting your freshly shaved face. Other than that,
they will dries out the surface of the skin, leading
to painful ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Also keep
clear of products with menthol, camphor or too many
essentials oils. Try to get an after-shave balm with
smoothing ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, bisabolol
Another product that is good to have on standby is
an alum stick that will stop bleeding if you ever
cut yourself while shaving. You can also apply razor
burn repair to calm the skin.