Even though here at MommyMatter we are all female, we do understand the fundamentals of shaving. Bad habits are bumps on the road to a smooth shave. Learn the 4-step shaving routine to banish razor burn.
The perfect shave eludes many men each day. Maybe some shave too quickly with a worn-down razor blade. Maybe some shave distractedly, minds rushing with a million thoughts about the day ahead. Whatever the reason, many a man leaves the house each morning not with a close, smooth shave, but with red, irritated bumps or burns across his cheeks, chin, and neck.
Razor bumps and razor burn could be avoided if men simply broke a few bad shaving habits. So, slow down, sir. Put that razor aside and read up on the 4 steps to a better shave.
Cleanse and clear: Save your shave until after you’ve washed your face. Shaving and cleansing should go hand in hand, or perhaps cheek to cheek. Who knows how they became so separated in some guys’ grooming routines? Wash your face with a mild cleanser to clear away dirt, oil, and dead skin that could block the razor’s intended path.
Prime your skin: Take a warm shower or a wrap a warm towel around your face to soften your facial hair and prime your skin for the shave. Whip up a lather with a shaving gel, rubbing it in circles across all skin to be shaved. Some guys even hark back to the glory days of shaving with a classic tool of the trade: shaving brushes made from badger’s or boar’s hair. A brush could help exfoliate the skin and thicken the emollient barrier between your tender skin and that sharp blade (or those two, three, or four sharp blades).
Shave with care: For smooth results, guys need to ditch the rough treatment. Change your razor’s blades regularly, so you avoid the yank-and-scrape of a dulled edge. Follow the hair’s natural growth pattern (“shave with the grain”) and let up on the pressure. The razor’s blade should skim the surface of the skin, pulling the hair out smoothly as the shaving gel acts as a buffer. Take your time; this is your face you’re dealing with here.
Moisturize: No matter how manly it seems to slap on a bracing aftershave, the alcohol in some varieties can actually further irritate your skin. Instead, use a moisturizing lotion to calm razor-burned skin and improve the overall condition of your skin. Skin that’s too dry can make for a painful shave.