Men who dislike shaving due to the pain and discomfort which can be involved, will sometimes avoid the activity altogether. Others, who are required to remain clean-shaven due to work or similar obligations, wish they could avoid it each time they take their razor in hand. If the correct series of techniques are followed, shaving doesn’t have to be unpleasant.
Here is a step-by-step tutorial to help you shave comfortably.
- Enjoy a warm shower.
Whenever possible, it’s best to shave in the shower or bath because the heat, and the steam, will open your pores and soften your whiskers. Invest in an anti-fog mirror that can be hung up in the shower, or one that has a suction cup on the back so that you’ll have both hands free.
- Work up a lather.
The older generations really got it right when they used a shaving brush to lather up their faces before a shave. The bristles of the shaving brush work to raise the facial hairs up and away from the skin so that your razor can provide a closer shave. Wet the brush first, then whisk it over the soap to create a lather, then spread it on the skin in a circular motion. You might think that the thicker the lather, the better – but, this isn’t true. A thin, gentle lather is what you’re looking to achieve as it will allow the razor to get in nice and close to the skin. Take care to apply the lather completely so that every part of your face that will be shaved is covered.
- Stay with the grain.
In spots where your beard grows down, shave with a downward stroke. On the neck, hair tends to grow upward, so follow along in that direction as well. If a closer shave is needed after you’ve first shaved along with the grain, you can repeat and go against the grain, but, make sure to replenish the lather on your skin, first.
- Don’t forget aftershave.
It’s important to soothe and tone the skin once you’ve finished shaving. A wonderful natural alternative is tea tree oil. Look for organic products made specifically for treating the skin post-shaving, which contain tea tree oil. Apply with a cotton pad, and be gentle!
- Moisturize your skin.
It’s important to moisturize as the last step in your shaving regimen. Although products containing tea tree oil do have moisturizing properties, a proper moisturizing gel or balm is still necessary.
If you continue to experience break outs even when following these steps, take a moment to consider your diet. Food allergies can manifest themselves through creating hyper-sensitive skin, and many men have found significant relief, and even elimination of sensitive skin issues through dietary adjustments.