Shaving is the removal of hair, by using a razor or any other kind of bladed implement, to slice it down—to the level of the skin or otherwise. Shaving is most commonly practised by men to remove their facial hair and by women to remove their leg and underarm hair. Shaving seems very easy task, but men often skips crucial steps and tend to make mistakes that can lead to painful results. Using these simple steps can make a big difference. The perfect shaving tips includes three steps.

Step one

Always start with the products like pre-shave that prepare your face for a shave, which can include an exfoliator and a pre-shave oil.

Step two

The actual shave, it’s important to use a shave gel that softens hair on contact and provides a smooth razor glide.

And the final step includes a soothing, nourishing after-shave product.

Cleanse using warm water. Two of the most important factors to a close, smooth, ouchless shave: heat + water. A warm cleansing begins the process of heat and lubrication (trapping moisture).  Showering before shaving is the ideal way to ensure you beard is properly moistened. If a shower is not possible, rinse your face and then apply a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes. This is the technique that barbers use. Never shave cold or apply shaving products to a dry face – this is one of the leading causes of razor burn and shaving rash.

Invest in a shaving brush.

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A high-quality shaving brush is the single most important component in getting the absolute smoothest shave possible. The bristles gently shed from a surface in scales or layers of the skin, which removes anything coming between the man’s whiskers and the razor. As you sweep the brush in a circular motion over your face, the bristles lift the hair up and away from the skin allowing for the closest shave possible without common shaving issues such as razor burns and bumps. Also, when using a shaving brush, less shaving cream is needed because the brush creates a luscious lather as it primes the skin in preparation for the shave.

Don’t be in a rush.

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When lathering up with shaving cream or gel, let it sit for two or three minutes to really soften skin and make a one-pass shave easier. When shaving, follow the direction of your hair growth.

Shave the right way.

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Remember that shaving not only removes hair, it also removes a fine layer of skin. Shaving in the direction of the hair growth is a little easier on skin because the razor travels a smoother path — has less friction or resistance (prevents razor burn). This technique reduces the chances of getting nicks, cuts, ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

To know the direction of your hair growth: Rub your hand on your beard. In one direction it will feel rougher than the other and will resist the push of your hand. The rough direction is against the hair growth. The smooth direction is with the hair growth: the correct direction for shaving .

Mimic the barbershop techniques by making sure skin is hot and moist to open up the pores.  You can use hot towels or a shaving oil to create this effect.

Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. An after shave lotion, designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys – these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn’t look shiny. Typically mositurizers made for women are too greasy as men tend to have not only thicker skin but also oiler skin than women due to men’s larger sebaceous glands. The best after shave lotions not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.

Note:Use a clean, sharp blade. Newer blades require less force to cut through the hair than dull blades. Since you don’t need much pressure with a new blade, you’ll reduce the risk of nicks and cuts.

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