The 10 Step Ultimate Shaving Guide for Men
Make shaving an art form with our guide.
Step 1 :Let your skin wake up. Don’t shave first thing in the morning, have a glass of water first to let the puffiness caused by fluid collection overnight fade away.
Step 2 :Exfoliate before you shave to get rid of dead skin and help prepare the pores for your shave.
Step 3 :Wet your stubble with warm or hot water before shaving. It opens the hair shaft so the blades cut your hair not your skin.
Step 4 :Thoroughly massage shaving gel into stubble before you shave. It not only helps soften the hair, but helps protect against nasty razor rashes and burns.
Step 5 :Make sure your blades are sharp. Dull blades are the culprit for most shaving accidents. A new blade will stop any dragging of the razor over your face.
Step 6 :Use gently pressure against your beard and shave with the grain of the hair.
Step 7 :Shave the most sensitive area of your face first – the neck and below the jawbone – then move up the face.
Step 8 :Rinse the blade in hot water when shaving and use slow short strokes. It’ll stop any drag that the razor may make to your skin.
Step 9 :Apply oil free moisturizer to soothe, protect and invigorate your skin. If you’re using after-shave, check the label for alcohol and be warned that this is the ingredient that makes your skin sting.
Step 10 :Be careful of mentholated shaving products. They may give you a nice cool sensation at first, but menthol, like alcohol, can be irritating to the skin.
Fact Not Fiction
Here are some hairy facts:
- Shaving, tweezing or waxing does not cause hair to grow back thicker or fuller.
- Your hair grows in response to individual biochemistry and hormones. Heredity, genes, race, medications taken, physical and mental stress, and diet influence these hormones.
- Most shaving accidents are caused by using dull and/or dirty razor blades, insufficient preparation of the skin and hair before shaving, and using the wrong equipment and products.
- A man’s beard contains between 7 000 and 15 000 hairs.
- Titanium – the same stuff that’s used to coat the Quattro range of razors – is half the weight of steel but triple the strength.
- Titanium does not corrode when exposed to harsh weather, grease or most chemicals – which is why its coating helps razors stay sharper for longer without rusting.