Things You'll Need
- A good razor
- A shaving brush (possibly)
- A good moisturizing shaving cream
- A non-alcohol based aftershave balm/moisturizer
- A well-lit bathroom mirror
- A clean towel and face cloth
- Plenty of fresh blades
- An exfoliating face wash
Here are a few tried and true shaving tips: It's best to avoid shaving the very first thing in the morning. If possible, let your skin wake up a while. This allows the "puffiness" you encounter from fluids collecting in your skin during the night to recede, thus allowing you to get a closer shave when you do begin the task.
Prepare the area
Use an exfoliate such as a facial cleanser or scrub to eradicate dead skin cells and open up the pores of the skin to prepare it for a close shave. Stubble should be wet with warm or hot water before shaving. This swells the hair shaft allowing the blade to cut the hair, not your skin.Thoroughly massage shave cream into stubble. A vitamin and Aloe Vera based shave cream will provide a close soothing shave and protect against razor rashes and burns.
Use a sharp razor
Use a sharp blade. A dull blade is responsible for many shaving cuts as it drags over your face and catches your skin along with the hairs of your beard. Rinse the blade often in hot water when shaving and use slow short strokes. Take your time.
Go with the grain and then against it
Shaving with grain means shaving in the direction of how the hair grows on your face. It is always best to shave this way. Shaving against the grain can cause redness, rashes, razor burn and ingrown hairs, which are all painful.
Rinse with cold water
Yes, we said cold. When you rinse your blade and face with warm water it tends to soften the hair on your face, allowing your razor to glide right over its intended targets. Using cold water helps the hair stand up and gets your blade closer to the skin. Besides that, it’ll give you a refreshing wake up in the morning and leave your skin feeling nice and toned.
After shaving, apply an oil-free moisturizer to soothe and protect the face. If you prefer an after-shave, check the label for alcohol. Dryness and stinging sensations are by-products of most after-shave products whose primary ingredient is alcohol. It may feel good at the time, but alcohol based after-shaves are actually irritating to many complexions. Be wary of mentholated shaving products. Although the "cool" sensation feels good on the face, menthol, like alcohol, can be irritating to the skin. A lot of foam or lather is not needed. Many grocery and drug store shave creams contain skin irritants such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate, which are formulated to "foam up" the product. However, these irritants may be the cause of your skin problem. If you have any additional skin care questions or are looking for professional skin care products, we can help.
When I kiss him, it leaves my face red and raw. Is there anything he can do to prevent this?
Daily moisturizer — Look for products with hydrating ingredients like glycerin, which helps soften the skin and beard hair and won't feel greasy.