Growing up we all made some hazardous mistakes learning to shave. Whether we were taught by a strong male influence or had to learn independently; we all share one thing in common. We have all learnt that a single blade, disposable razor will destroy your face. To endeavour to improve your personal shaving experience we are sharing our top three shaving mishaps to avoid.
Beard hair is a fairly coarse material, in-fact it’s as strong as copper wire in equal diameter. This means you need to do some serious work to soften those hairs. Resting a hot flannel on your facial hair will help to soften bristles by breaking down the outer keratin layer of the hair follicle prior to shaving, thus creating an easier shave. An alternative option is to splash your face with warm water and use a facial wash or scrub. Using this preparative method will help to remove any dirt or impurities, reducing the risk of post-shave irritation whilst softening your facial hair.
There are a range of options out there for you to choose from – creams, gels, foams and soaps. It’s imperative you try them all and see what works best for you and your skin. When you’ve done your work, and learnt a couple of things like the worldly shaver you are, this creates a more reassuring shaving experience. We would take note of this, to get the fullest experience from a shaving cream we recommend using a brush. Brushes allow for the creation of a rich lather on application and get the best from your shaving cream. Sometimes slapping it between your palms just won’t suffice.
The Right Direction
Let’s brush our hands off with the basics. Don’t go against the grain, shave in the direction the hair grows. This way you will achieve the best result with minimal irritation to the skin. When you shave in the opposite direction the hair grows, you’re likely to rip the hair out and subsequently cause a tear. The aim is to reduce or completely stop the amount of tissue paper blotting, not increase it – we’re just sayin’. Lastly, don’t put too much pressure from your blade onto your skin. Your face is not one flat surface, it has many angles and dips to traverse which require you to be a little gentle.
Remember, shave responsibly guys.