Tips for the Perfect Shave
Many men aspire for a close shave but don’t really take the time to find out how to get one. If this sounds like you, then you might be interested in learning about some tips for how to get the perfect shave.
While attaining the best shave will largely depend on whether you are using a manual razor or an electric shaving system, there are some general principles that apply to every process that you can take away with you today and start to benefit from.
Prepare your face before shaving
This is an often overlooked step in the shaving process. Unfortunately many men seem to think that shaving first and then washing your face is the best way to get the perfect shave, but the reverse is actually true.
At the very least you should use a face scrub specifically designed for men before shaving to remove dead skin cells from your face and enhance the effectiveness of the blade which won’t get clogged up with dead skin and other impurities such as oil and dirt.
Keep the blades in good working condition
The blades are obviously the most important feature of a razor or electric shaver, but too many of us go for very long periods of time without even bothering to replace the blades with fresh sharp ones, let alone clean them on a semi-frequent basis.
Dull or blunt blades mean that they don’t cut as well and ultimately it results in you going over the same spot on your face over and over again until it is shaved.
While you might eventually get the result you were looking for, you will probably change your mind the next morning when your skin is red and irritated for your troubles.
If you have an electric shaver with an automated cleaning system, make sure you use it. If not, a rinse under hot water with liquid soap is usually good enough.
Blades should be changed every 6-12 months or maybe less depending on the frequency of shaving and how much hair the blades have to remove during each shave.
Shave in a wet environment
Shaving in the shower or at the very least using shaving gel or foam is one of the best tips for the perfect shave. The hectic lifestyle of the modern man often means that more and more of us are quickly dry shaving using an electric razor before work or an engagement and often paying for it the next day.
However, if you can invest in a shower mirror and develop the discipline to shave in the shower then you will probably wonder how you went without it for so long.
In addition to being much more pleasurable to enjoy that hot water for a little longer, water actually softens your whiskers and even separates them somewhat, making it much more easier to get the shave you want.
Shaving in a wet environment may seem like just another item to add your to cleaning routine, but the fact still remains that it is one less thing to do once you are out of the shower and dry.