This causes a lot of friction since there is no layer of protection on the face that leads to irritation, razor burns, and cuts.
There are a few steps in this stage.
The first step is rinsing your face with a pre-shave soap and warm water, doing this will remove excess oil and dead skin cells that can clog up the blades. Hot water will moisten facial hair, making it softer thus easier to cut.
Having a hot shower before a shave is a great way to prepare. The steam coming from the hot water opens up the pores and softens hair.
If that is not possible try what the barbers do – apply a hot moist towel on the face for a few minutes.
The last step is applying shaving cream or shaving gel (more on that on the next tip).
Pro tip: Avoid applying shaving cream or products on a dry face – you’ll just waste product and won’t enjoy any of its benefits. This is one of the causes of razor burns and rashes.
Invest in a Good Shaving Cream
First, let’s define what a good shaving cream is? According to Men-U, good shaving cream is rich and creamy and not foamy.
This rich, creamy texture provides more lubrication, and there will be less wastage because you’ll be using less to achieve the desired result.
Not only does the shaving cream lubricate the face, but it also moisturizes facial hair so that when you shave there is a layer of lubrication that shields skin from the blade.
If you have sensitive skin, opt for a shaving cream labeled “for sensitive skin.”
There different types of shaving creams. The most common ones found in a lot of stores are aerosol type products that contain chemicals – it will dry out the skin. Avoid these.
Even if you want to save money at least get a product that’s in a tube like Cremo Cream or the Proraso.
These two products aren’t expensive, going between $6 to $10 bucks in Amazon and since you’re using just a little product, it will last a long time.
Pro tip: Leave shaving cream on the face a minute or so before shaving. This will give the cream time to moisten and soften facial hair for a smoother shave.
A Shaving Brush is Your Beard’s Best Friend
A shaving brush would probably be one of the best purchases you’ll ever make in terms of shaving. This is an essential tool in your arsenal if you want to enjoy the benefits of a smooth and close shave. It mostly does three things.
First, it helps evenly spread the cream to each and every strand of facial hair, raising them up making it easier to cut giving you the best chance to have the closest shave possible.
Second, it helps remove dead skin cells and exfoliating skin which reduces the risk of irritation, razor bumps and blemishes.
Lastly, compared to using your hands, a brush will help create a rich, creamy lather that will be close to the skin as possible to help lubricate both beard and skin better.
Pro tip: When buying a brush make sure to choose one whose bristles have the right balance between stiffness (to raise the hair up) and softness (to lather). Experts say to pick one that’s made from badger’s hair.