Would you believe that the average man spends more than six months of his life shaving, yet doesn't use shaving products that address his top skin concerns? It's true! Follow these tips from our skin experts for smooth, calm skin -- and your best shave ever.
- Shower first. The moisture and warmth from your shower will pre-soften your skin and beard, making it easier to get a close shave.
- Banish the bumps. Razor bumps and ingrown hairs form when hair emerges from one hair follicle, turns, then enters an adjacent follicle. Using an exfoliating cleanser such as Daily Clean Scrub will help clear buildup on the skin, keeping razor bumps and ingrown hairs at bay. (If you have sensitive skin, try exfoliating at night and shaving in the morning.)
- Go with the grain. Shaving against the direction of hair growth can increase the chances of ingrown hair and razor burn. You're better off shaving with the grain. Not sure how to figure out which way your hair grows? The best time to determine the pattern of your beard is to run your hand along beard growth approximately one to three days after shaving.
- Coarse, heavy beard? Shaving might leave your skin irritated. To help the discomfort, you need to lift and soften the hair follicles prior to shaving. Apply a shave guard, like Pre-Shave Guard, before you apply shaving cream. This provides a cushion between the razor and your skin.
- Ditch the alcohol. You know that sting that occurs when you slap on your after-shave? That's alcohol. While it might have antiseptic properties, it can cause irritation and fail to replace your skin's natural protective barrier. Instead, use a product like Post-Shave Balm, which contains Licorice Root to help reduce irritation and discomfort from shaving.
- Lighten up. Pressing too hard with your razor won't deliver a closer shave. It will just cause more irritation, or if you're not careful, a painful nick.
- Slow and steady wins. Using a steady, constant motion when shaving will yield the best results. Aim to make each stroke between one and two inches long.
- Rinse your razor. Every time. To get a closer shave, make sure you rinse the blade clean before each stroke. The more buildup accumulates in your razor, the patchier your results will be.
Now that you have the know-how, your next shave doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience. Invest in the time and products you need for your best results yet!