For the average man, shaving takes about four months of his life and around 150 strokes per session to fully shave. But even though shaving has been around since the ancient Egyptians, many men still don’t know how to get a close shave. Read our guide for tips and tricks on how to get a better shave while protecting your skin.
First, make sure you have the right products for a close shave. Exfoliate twice a week and before shaving to avoid razor burn, and avoid aftershave with too much alcohol, which can irritate skin. Clean your razor with a small brush or a faucet with high water pressure, and store your razor somewhere it can dry completely, using a couple of drops of anti-corrosive agent to keep the blade sharp.
If you want to save money on razors, try switching to safety razors. Or, if you don’t want to use a safety or straight razor, join a mail order razor service. You can also avoid buying shaving cream by using olive oil or hair conditioner- just wash your face thoroughly afterwards.
Shave after your shower so that the hot water and steam can open your follicles and soften your hair. If your razor could use a little edge, sharpen it using an old pair of jeans by swiping the razor upward along the jeans with the sharp end of the blade facing away.
When shaving, go with the grain of your facial hair to avoid irritation and sensitivity. Shave your neck by leaning forward and tilting your head back slightly to flatten the area. Note that too much foam is a sign of low quality shaving cream; instead, look for shaving cream with a high concentration of lubricants and moisturizers. When you’re finished shaving, rinse your face with cold water to avoid skin irritation. And if all else fails and you find shaving too much of a hassle, you can always grow a beard- just make sure to invest in a stiff-bristled boar’s hair brush to avoid itchiness.