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The Perfect Shave!

I 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.

Choose 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 greatly reduced.

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 feel.

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 and panthenol.

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.

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