What gentlemen should know about the practice of shaving
Look sharp, look good with these shaving tips
Landscaped facial hair has experienced a renaissance, from slick mustaches to mutton chops to full-grown beards. But proper grooming goes beyond trends, and anyone can appreciate a man who takes the time to look good.When it comes to shaving your facial hair, genuine care for your skin is key, as it’s less about hair-trimming.
Avoid shaving in the morning when you are preoccupied with the happenings for the day ahead. Right out of bed, your face tends to be more puffed up, making it harder for you to get a clean shave. Try shaving at night when you can take all the time you want. If you can’t avoid doing it before the morning rush, wait for a few minutes at least; sip your coffee, check your e-mail, or iron your clothes first.
Preparation is half the battle when it comes to shaving (and skincare in general). Make sure you open up your pores and soften the bristles of your stubbles beforehand. Applying a warm towel to the face or taking a shower does the trick. You can opt to use a preshave oil, which further smoothens your mug. Applying shaving cream or gel is also fine. Use a shaving brush. This exfoliates your skin and softens your facial hair.
Using your razor, shave cheeks first, the neck second, then around the lips last. Use your other hand to pull and keep your skin taut. Always shave in the direction of the grain or the growth of the hair, and with the sharpest razor you can find. Let the blade do the work; never let it drag or hold your skin back. Done right, you won’t need to apply extra pressure. If you don’t know which way your facial hair grows, let it grow out for a while then study the map of stubbles on your face. Last, be extra careful if you have acne, as nicking pimples will make them worse. Lather up again if you need to shave twice, again going with the grain.
Post-shave skin means irritated and still-open pores, so don’t put on any aftershave immediately. Apply a cold, damp towel or splash a little cold water to your face first to close your pores, then use moisturizer afterwards for healthier skin. Avoid shaving daily; allow the skin to rest from the irritation of the previous shave.
But should you find shaving too cumbersome, maybe it’s time to throw in the towel and get a shave from your favorite barber. No harm or loss of cred there.