It can take the better part of a lifetime to learn, refine, and perfect your shaving routine. It’s both an art and a science to find the products and practices that work best for your skin, hair type, shaving concerns and frequency. Not only do you need to find the products that work well for your skin, but you have to perfect your technique in order to prevent nicks, irritation, and unsightly (and often painful) ingrown hairs.
We compiled a list of a few simple ways to ensure you get the best shave and the best skin. With these in mind, irritation-free skin is possible!
PROPERLY PREP YOUR SKIN
Washing your face removes any debris from the skin and softens the hair making it easier to cut.
USE A SHAVE BRUSH
A shave brush lifts the hair away from the skin to get a closer and smoother shave.
DON’T SHAVE WITHOUT SHAVING CREAM
Never touch a razor to your face without shaving cream! Shaving cream softens the hair for maximum glide, helps prevent ingrown hairs, fights razor burn and moisturizes skin.
SHAVE WITH THE GRAIN
If your skin is particularly sensitive, then never shave against the grain! Start by mapping your grain to understand which way your hair naturally grows. Shave first with the grain, then determine if your skin can handle shaving both across the skin and possibly against the grain.
FOLLOW UP POST-SHAVE
Soothe and moisturize your skin post-shave to help your skin recover and regenerate. Using an alcohol-free after shave ensures you hydrate and nourish your skin.