Stubble, a beard, moustache or long sideburns are all statements that many men feel are part of their identity. However, sometimes there comes a time when we decide to try a new look – the clean shaven look!
Maybe you don’t feel comfortable wearing a face mask with hair rubbing against it, or you might just want a change – new year, new you. Whatever the reason, we’ve compiled our top tips on how to shave properly, despite what your dad might have taught you.
What You'll Need
To get a clean shave and to avoid skin irritation, you need to opt for quality products. They’ll last longer and provide a better finish. Gather your razor, shaving cream and moisturiser for afterwards.
Choosing The Right Products
When picking out shaving cream, try to find one with aloe in the formula. This will help to soothe your skin as you shave, which you’ll need after such a long time without using a razor. Forget scented ones, as the smell will fade after an hour or so.
For your razor, don’t go for something cheap. This will pull at your hairs and cause nicks and cuts. Go for a sharp blade so you can get a close shave (such as a Bolin Webb razor). You won’t get this if you decide to try an electric razor, however easy they may seem to use.
The Shaving Process
Before you begin, a hot shower’s a good idea to open up your pores, which makes shaving easier.
Step 1 - Wet your face with warm water.
Step 2 - Apply a small amount of shaving cream. Too much can clog your razor.
Step 3 - Start to shave following the direction your hair grows. Going against the grain can hurt you or cause ingrown hair.
Step 4 - Wash away excess cream with cool water to close the pores and tone the skin.
If you have a big beard or thick moustache, you might need a second shave.
To ensure smooth skin and keep it from itching, make sure you use a quality moisturiser after. If you want to apply aftershave, check it’s alcohol-free to avoid irritation.
Getting Used To Your New Look
However excited you might be to get rid of your facial hair, it will look very different to begin with. You’ll need to get used to this new look and the comments from friends and family. Give it time to see if you become comfortable with the way you look. If not, you can always grow it back.
Image source: Bolin Webb