Once upon a time, though, shaving was an art form. With the right tools and techniques, that perfect shave can be yours every morning. The art of shaving is not lost. Shave more than once. You can shave three times. The first time is to get rid of the hair. The second time is to get a closer cut, and the third time is to give a light exfoliation over the skin to reveal brighter, more youthful-looking skin.
Shaving has hidden advantages — the exfoliation that takes place every time you shave can make your skin youthful and healthy whereas you can cause razor burn or bumps if shaved improperly.
Rediscover the skills of perfect shave with the grooming tips mentioned below:
First Phase: The Pre-Shave
- Rinse with warm water
- Wash your face
Use a cleanser that includes an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to kill surface bacteria and prep the skin to absorb the shaving product more effectively for a closer, smoother shave. Avoid scrubs with larger particles prior to shaving.
- Keep skin moist
Grab a clean, soft towel and pat rather than rub the skin of your face. Following cleansing, leave your skin moist for the shave and do not dry it completely.
Second Phase: The Perfect Shave
- Use shaving gels
Shaving gels create less friction and you can put it all over the face. These can be found at grocery and drug stores.
- Pick the right razor
A straight razor works best, but there’s a trial-and-error learning curve involved that could lead to nicks and cuts. Use a razor with at least two parallel blades in a disposable head. Shave with a heavier razor, something with some weight to it.
- Shave in the direction of your natural growth
Always shave with the hair and never shave against the hair, especially in the neck area.
Third Shave: The Post-Shave
- Pat your face
Once again, you can preserve good results by patting your damp face with a clean, dry towel after shaving. Don’t rub and distress your skin.
- Skip the after-shave
A simple facial moisture cream is a better choice than harsh after-shaves with alcohol and other skin-damaging ingredients. Skin is much too sensitive after shaving for these. Slightly towel-blot the face, and immediately apply moisture cream to skin while it is still slightly damp. Don’t wait until you’re dressed.
- Address skin problems promptly
If you do get razor burn, a styptic pencil followed with an antibiotic cream is a quick fix. Skin toner with a combination of 8 percent glycolic acid and 2 percent salicylic acid used daily is also beneficial. It is best to shave the night before. Cuts, nicks, and irritation are easier to control if you have more time to control them.