Most shaving commercials today comprise of men with perfectly toned skins, lathering shaving foam on their Nick Bateman-like jawlines, and working through it as it turns foamy in no time. This is followed by a razor gliding down their chin, gently making its way to their neck, exposing their already smooth skin.
However, if we talk about shaving in the real world, the experience isn't this hassle-free. Nicks and cuts are an inevitable part of the shaving process, especially for those who are a novice at it. Add to it the annoying after-shave bumps, and you have the perfect recipe for a hellish shaving experience.
Since you cannot rush to a salon every time you need to get your mane managed, it is essential that you know how to take care of it on your own and that too without making any (painful!) errors! But all of those who are rookies at it would agree that having a hassle-free shave can be a highly daunting task, which can leave you longing for a way out.
So, to help you have smooth sailing, here are the rookie mistakes that most Indian men make while shaving, and how they can be easily avoided!1. The Chilled Water Splash
The foremost and the most common shaving mistake that a large number of men make is often made before the actual shaving process even begins. While you hear time and again that you must wash your face with cold water, for it is said to tighten the pores and tone the skin, it is something that you have GOT TO refrain from doing, especially when you are doing it right before trimming that stubble.
While splashing icy cold water can be a spring of refreshment for a lot of us, it does not make for a great pre-shave move. Chilled water tightens your pores, which in turn makes it difficult for the shaving cream to penetrate your skin, in turn preventing a smooth shave. Hence, we recommend you cleanse your face with warm or lukewarm water, for it will open up your pores and ensure a smooth shaving experience.2. Not Paying Heed To The Type Of Razor
Another common mistake that a number of beginners make is not investing in the right type of razor. It goes without saying that the razor is one of the most essential components of a man's shaving, or rather grooming kit, but we can say without any doubt that not many are aware of the different types of razors that all men should know about.
While the markets today are packed with a shedload of razor options, it is vital that you learn about the distinction between the diverse variants and pick the one which works best for you. So if you have incredibly sensitive skin which needs to be handled carefully, you can always opt for a good quality safety razor and make sure that your skin is safeguarded from any cuts or scrapes.
OR, if you want the sharpest of shaves, you can always invest in a straight razor. However, you might want to be a little cautious for these razors are also called 'cut-throat' razors and can cause injuries, if not used properly.3. Running Away From Applying Shaving Oil
What does a shaving kit commonly comprise of? The best razor, a shaving cream/gel, a shaving brush, and an after-shave lotion! Is that it? No, for we skipped an essential component, which most men often do - a shaving oil.
Most rookies often forget about applying a shaving oil, which in fact should be a mandatory pre-shaving ritual. Stocking your cabinet with the best shaving oils would work wonderfully in enhancing your shaving experience Rubbing a few drops of shaving oil on the target area works by moisturizing the skin and preparing it for a smooth, close shave. It also creates a shielding layer on your skin to keep it safe from sharp razor blades, and at the same time prevents razor burns!4. Not Moisturising Your Skin
Shaving is often seen as the process of getting rid of annoying, unwanted hair on your face, which it indeed is. But besides your hair, it also ends up removing a layer of old and dead skin cells from your face. While it may sound like a good thing, you must know that this layer works by protecting your skin from the damaging impacts of harmful UV rays of the sun.
In order to recover from this, your skin can take a certain amount of time, which in turn means more exposure to the evil sun rays! This is when moisturisers come to the rescue for they form a temporary protective-layer on your skin, and boost the recovery process. It is always great to get a moisturiser with a good SPF rating, and lather it well on your skin after you are done shaving that mane.