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Men’s Skincare with The Art of Shaving

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Women aren’t the only ones concerned about proper skincare and how they look. Men also take great pride in their appearance, but face different obstacles in their quest for healthy-looking skin. Daily shaving, if not done properly, can lead to painful ingrown hairs and razor burn. It’s a problem many men experience, and live with, because they prefer a clean, smooth face.

Daily shaving shouldn’t be a chore you dread. If done properly, you can shave your face every single day quickly and easily, without pain. Follow the tips below for a close comfortable shave, and look your best for work and play.

  1. Wet your beard thoroughly. To avoid razor burn and irritation, make sure your beard is completely wet. Facial hair absorbs water quickly and becomes weaker, making it easier to shave close. Taking a shower before you shave ensures that your beard is soft and wet. If a shower isn’t possible, apply a warm, wet towel to your beard for a few minutes and then shave.
  2. Spend a little more on a quality shaving cream. Cheaper drug store brands just do not lubricate and moisturize as well as products like The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream.  Quality shaving creams contain more lubricants and moisturizers than cheaper brands, which help the razor glide over your skin and keeps whiskers soft and upright. Ideally, you should leave the shaving cream on your face for at least a minute before you begin shaving so your beard is as wet and soft as possible.
  3. Apply shaving cream with a shaving brush. When you go to a barber for a shave, they usually use a shaving brush to apply the shaving cream. There are a few reasons for this. First, a shaving brush helps raise the hair to an upright position for a closer shave. Second, it creates a nice lather that gets right down to the surface of the skin so there is less nicks and cuts. Lastly, shaving brushes help to get rid of dead skin cells (exfoliates) so skin looks refreshed and new.
  4. Change razor blades often. The key to a close, comfortable shave is the sharpness of the blade. A dull blade pulls hair, breaking it off rather than cutting it flush at the surface. Dull blades are the number one cause of razor burn and nicks. In addition to regular blade changes, use a good quality razor. Choose one with multiple blades per head for the closest shave possible.
  5. Shave in the right direction. Shaving against hair growth will definitely get you a closer shave, but it can also lead to ingrown hairs and cuts. There is a high risk of cutting the hair off below the surface which causes the hair to grow inward instead of outward. Always shave in the direction the hair is growing. Don’t press too hard; let the razor do the work for you.
  6. Rinse and moisturize. When you’re done shaving, use cool water to rinse your face and soothe the skin. Apply a cooling after-shave lotion or facial moisturizer to lock in moisture and reduce irritation.

 

 

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