Day 96/365: Shaving Tips for Men

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April 6, 2011

For some men, shaving can seem more like a chore than a simple daily ritual. Lack of time and cheap products often result in razor burn and stray hairs left on their face (aka a lousy shave). But shaving can be less of a hassle if you follow a few simple tips.

Know When to Shave

The best time to shave is right after or during a hot shower. Before you bring the blade to your face, make sure your skin and hair have had time to soften. When you’re ready to start shaving, work up a good lather — lubrication is important because it helps the razor glide smoothly throughout the entire shave. Shaving should never be rushed. If you’re pressed for time in the morning, perhaps you could shave the night before, or skip it altogether that day.

Use the Right Tools

When choosing grooming tools, reach for a glycerin-based shaving cream. Aerosol creams are usually too airy to ensure a close shave.

Many experts also recommend a good badger-hair brush, for the following reasons:

-Just as spinning car-wash brushes build up a lot of foam, the shaving brush mixes just the right amount of cream and hot water to create a rich lather.
-A badger-hair brush exfoliates the skin, loosening dead skin cells.
-By moving the brush up and down across your face and neck, you actually lift the hairs to make shaving easier.

Badger-hair shaving brushes typically start around PhP500. For the smoothest shave, grooming experts recommend a double-edged safety razor. However, this classic brush-and-razor duo does take time, at least 15 minutes postshower.

Try an Electric Razor

Shaving with an electric razor probably works best for anyone without much time or energy in the morning. When selecting an electric razor, look for models that can be used in the shower so the steam can help open pores beforehand.

Prevent the Burn

Razor burn is often the result of dragging the blade across the skin with too much pressure. A good lather and a layer of hot water, however, allow your razor to clip each hair like a blade of grass. Always shave against the pattern of hair growth, moving the razor slowly.

Day 96/365: Shaving Tips for Men

Avoid Disposables

Another way to banish nicks, razor burn, and toilet-paper bandages is to avoid disposable razors. You may be enticed by all the commercials featuring three- and four-blade razors, but the extra blades don’t always live up to the hype. Plus, you’ll have to change them often to avoid bacterial growth, which is sure to cause irritation. Shaving with disposable razors ends up being costly for both your wallet and the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agencyin the USA, about 2 billion disposable razors a year end up in landfills.

After the Shave

Finish off your morning grooming ritual by splashing cold water on your face to close the pores. Next pat — don’t rub — your face with a soft towel. Then apply a moisturizer with natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, vitamin E, and shea butter. And be sure to skip anything containing alcohol — to prevent stinging yourself first thing in the morning. r

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