How to shave properly and without discomfort? That is the question I aim to answer in this definitive guide. A question that is on the mind of every shaver. After a period of trying different products and techniques, every person develops his own personal way to achieve a comfortable shave. For some, achieving a comfortable shave does not require a lot of attention. But to a lot of others the everyday shave is regarded as the necessary evil. Shaving irritation, ingrown hairs, nicks and cuts show up regularly.
It is true that genetics play a role on how your skin reacts when shaven. The truth is that the discomfort can be reduced significantly, when you know what is going on and how to shave properly.
In this post I want to tackle two main points. First I want to share the essentials of how to shave and explain why these are important. Second I will address major issues encountered when shaving and share with you some links to other in depth posts I wrote earlier on how to deal with them.
1. SHAVING STEPS
IMPORTANCE OF PREPARATION
When shaving you want to cut the hairs without damaging the skin too much. This is achieved by applying as little pressure on the blade as possible. And that is why preparation is key! Preparation with warm water and shaving cream softens the hairs and makes them easier to cut. At the same time, the shaving cream provides a protective layer and allows the blade to glide easily over the skin.
USE A SHARP BLADE
A sharp blade is essential as it will cut the hairs with little force and does little damage to the skin. Change blades on a regular basis and try to keep them sharp by drying the blades after usage and storing them in a safe place. An easy way to dry the blades is to dip them in alcohol and leave them to dry.
You want to shave first with the grain and then across the grain. Shaving against the grain will increase the chance of getting irritations and ingrown hairs.
AFTER CARE IS IMPORTANT
After completing the shave it is important to treat your skin well to allow it to recover. Rinse well with cold water to remove the remains of the shaving cream and to close the pores to avoid any infections. Use an aftershave balm that moisturizes and nourishes the skin and supports its recovery. Avoid after shaves that contain any alcohol as it will drain the moisture out of your skin.
2. DIFFICULT AREAS AND PROBLEMS
Did I answer the question, how to shave? Almost! The tips I provided above have to do with your shaving technique. Now, how do you deal with difficult areas or with some of the well know shaving problems? Answering all these issues in one post would be a bit overwhelming. That’s why I hyperlinked some of my most important articles to navigate you to them.
There are simple ways to make shaving difficult areas like the neck, the adam’s apple and the jaw line more comfortable. Also, you can avoid having shaving discomfort and avoid getting ingrown hairs and razors burns by adjusting your shaving technique and using the right products.
For those who have sensitive skin, it is important to be careful and use the products that suit your skin best to protect it and support its recovery after each shave.
If you have any questions related to how to shave, feel free to read other posts and contact me.
I wish you an excellent shave!