For a lot of men, shaving is just another thing that has to be done, which is why their daily shaving routine is pretty basic - lather, shave and rinse. What's more? A lot of those men expect perfect results when they look in the mirror, even though their shaving routine is always less-than-perfect. However, shaving is more than just a chore - it's a rite of passage for every man. As such, it's worth putting some time and effort into your shaving routine, especially when you consider how impactful a truly great shave can actually be for you.
Which is not to say that achieving the perfect shave requires some great sacrifice on your part. In fact, transforming your daily shave from an exasperating chore to a sought after part of your morning ritual is fairly easy. All you need to do is spare just a little bit of your valuable time for preparation, arm yourself with the right tools, and adhere to the following five simple steps.Achieve A Perfect Shave Every Time With These Easy Steps STEP 1: Preparation Is Key
The perfect shave requires the perfect surface, so the first step is all about preparing your skin before you unsheath your shaving paraphernalia. Use hot water to wash your face thoroughly - it'll soften your stubble, making your razor's job easier. Hot water will also open up your pores, which offers the blade a smooth surface to glide across. Lastly, it will help clear away the initial layer of oil, dirt, and dead skin, which can clog up all types of razors.STEP 2: Getting Down To Business
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Once your skin has been prepped, the next step is to get a nice, rich lather going. Apply a top quality shaving cream or the best shaving foam to your skin and work it into a lather using a shaving brush. This will hold your facial hair in an upright position, allowing the blade to approach the base of the hair which results in a smoother and closer shave. For an even more luxurious experience, you can even use a pre-shave beard oil on your skin before you lather up.STEP 3: In The Act
Now comes the most technical part - the wielding of the blade. These days, the best electric shavers are waterproof, which means they can be used for wet as well as dry shaves, and they tend to do an admirable job, especially if all you want is a trim to keep your beard well groomed. However, if a close, clean shave is what you're after, a razor blade should be your weapon of choice, and the right technique will elevate the quality of your shave no end.
You might have heard about the importance of shaving 'with the grain' without fully understanding what it means. Run your fingers over your stubble - if it feels smooth, you're moving with the grain and if it's rough, you're going against it. Shaving with the grain simply means moving the razor in the direction your hair is growing in, which makes for a much smoother, closer shave without running the risk of razor burns, cuts, and other skin irritations. Always remember to use gentle strokes, letting the weight of the razor dictate how much pressure you apply to the skin.STEP 4: Respect Your Razor
You'll get the best shave only as long as you treat your shaving implements with care, which is why looking after your blades is crucial. Rinse your razor blades after each stroke with hot water to dislodge any hair or shaving gel stuck in between. The most important thing to keep in mind is always having fresh, sharp blades at hand. Even the best safety razor won't be as effective if it doesn't come equipped with sharp blades. Old, worn out, and even dirty blades are more likely to cause nicks and cuts. And remember, your razor should be doing all the work here - if you have to exert a lot of effort, it's probably time to switch out your blunt blades for new razor sharp ones.STEP 5: Don't Forget About After-Shave Care
A shave isn't over when you put the razor down and wash your face - the perfect shave always ends with the proper aftercare for your face. Use cold water for the final face wash, as it helps close your pores. Always remember to pat dry with a towel, as rubbing can cause redness and irritation. Your final act should be to apply a good alcohol-free post-shave balm or cream. This will prevent your skin from drying out, while simultaneously soothing, hydrating, and nourishing it - leaving you with smoother, healthier skin and a classy clean shave!