Facial hair on men is an indicator of the kind of life that man leads. A full, clean shave often means you work in a professional environment where facial hair is frowned up. Long bushy beards, on the other hand, indicate a life lived in the wildlife, wrestling bears and cutting trees with your bare hands (or drinking Instagram-worthy cappuccinos in a café while writing another lifestyle piece on your laptop).
If you are one that likes (or must have) a good, clean shave, then you might as well do it right. You might think you’ve been doing it right all these years but have you, really? Are you sure you’re not wrong, again?
Shaving too fast can reap havoc on your face. You’re more likely to go hard with the blade and have your face go through unnecessary stress. Go slow when shaving. When you’re too fast you’re also more likely to bleed and really, tissue paper on your face is not a good look (unless you’re 14 trying to prove to everyone that you’re finally shaving).
If you’re one to shave before showering then you’re doing it wrong. You should be shaving after you shower. Reason being that the pores on your face would have had time to open and absorb water. When this happens, your beard is softer and you can be gentler on your face when shaving.
There’s another reason why showering before shaving (or washing your face with water before shaving) is important. Warm water will remove your dead skin, so it’s less likely that you’ll cut your face when shaving. Technically, you don’t need to use a face scrub because the blade does the scrubbing for you, but you can help remove the dead skin with warm water before shaving.
Shaving brushes seem like a thing of the past -why bother when your hands can just as easily spread the shaving cream on your face? But the brush is an investment. Besides helping you to spread the cream on your face, the brush also raises each one of your facial hair to make it easier for you to have the closest shave. The brush also removes dead skin cells and helps to exfoliate the skin. Lastly, the brush will give the cream a creamier texture, which means you won’t need to use a lot of product with each shave.
Look, I know commercials like to show men shaving from ear to chin in one single stroke. They’re making a point about the blade in that case. It doesn’t mean, however, that long strokes will give you a better shave.
A long stroke means you’re hitting hairs going in different directions and that won’t help give you the best shave. Instead, opt for shorter strokes on the hairs growing in the same direction. Rinse the blade well in between strokes and curse those commercials while you’re at it.
Yes, blade commercials are there to impress you with their four/five blades for you to buy their blade but they’re on to something , and who would have thought? A multi-razor blade is better than one with fewer blades because the first blade will help raise the hair and the others will work on shaving the hairs. For you, this means a closer and cleaner shave.
Anger issues should not be taken out on your face. This said, if you’re pressing your razor hard on your face to shave, then it’s time to change the blade. Your razor should shave the hair easily without it having to wrestle with your face.
The skin on your face is very sensitive and you need to give it care and time for it to continue to look well with age. Besides taking your time when shaving, it’s also good to be more careful around certain areas on your face which are even more sensitive than others. These include the neck area, the lip area, and the chin.
One way to tackle these sensitive areas is by leaving them for last. In doing so, these areas will have had more time with the shaving cream and the hair follicles will be softer. That way, you won’t need to butcher these areas to get a closer and cleaner shave.
Contrary to what Home Alone led you to believe, an aftershave should not have you scream "bloody hell" every time you dab it on. You don’t even need an aftershave, you’ve got perfume to smell good. What your face needs is a moisturizer — don’t call it so if it’s too "womanly" of a term for you but just apply it, cause your face will thank you.
Going against the grain in life is fine; hell, it can be amazing but not when it comes to shaving. It’s best to shave according to where your hair is growing, not the opposite direction. The direction of the grain will vary on your face and that’s why it’s better to shave in short, rather than long strokes. When most of your facial hair is shaved, you can then go against the grain for one last stroke to get that clean shave.