Shave off your skin worries

The time tested actionable shaving tips for men followed from generations are part of most men’s daily routine. Most men rush through a shave in the morning with right or wrong technique and ignoring skin conditions.

Shaving causes dull skin and losing of moisturiser. So a good shave requires a little more effort and knowhow. A man’s face is oilier with thicker skin, more facial hair and bigger sebaceous glands. When battle with razors becomes tedious affairs, then there are problems of ingrown hair, razor burns, cuts, rashes and nicks. With modern fancy blade razors and innovative techniques, shaving becomes one of the pleasure-seeking morning activity for a man to get rid of the ugly stubble.

Proper shaving techniques can go a long way in avoiding problems and also dealing with them when they occur.

One needs to follow proper razor hygiene by replacing it every 10 shaves or every few weeks if you shave every few days. The razor should be sharp, fresh, smooth and clean from reputed brand for seamless shaving. Be sure to rinse your blade with hot water and then store it upright in a cool and dry place until your next shave.

The shaving routine can affect the skin, making it dry and sensitive and sometimes leading to dark patchy skin. Many after-shave products are alcohol-based, causing further dryness, skin irritation and sensitivity. The other problems resulting from daily shaving are ingrown hair or coarse hair growing in a curved follicle. Dead skin cells or hardened oil collecting in the pores can often cause irritation and ingrown hair.
One should select shaving and after-shave products with care. A mild face wash or cleanser would also help to counteract dryness. In fact, in cases of dryness, it may be a good idea to discontinue soap and use a cleansing gel instead. Before shaving, ensure that the beard is thoroughly wet. The hair is porous and absorbs the water. This makes shaving easier. Many men prefer to shower before shaving and this makes the beard totally wet. Or, apply lukewarm water on the face before shaving, rinsing well.

Use a shaving cream that contains moisturisers and emollients (lubricants). It should produce a rich creamy lather. It would be best to leave the cream on for a minute and then start shaving so that the beard is soft.

Choosing the right shaving brush is also important. The bristles should not be too soft or too hard. Everyone uses circular movements with the brush to work up lather, but if more pressure is applied as you go upwards, it will help lift the beard and make cutting easier. Shaving against the direction of hair growth helps to get a close shave but there are more chances of nicks and ingrown hair. On your first run, shave in the direction of your hair growth. This will help you to remove the bulk of the hair and cause minimal irritation.

There is a common shaving misconception that it is better to make long, continuous strokes from upper cheek to the bottom of your neck. But you are better off with short precise strokes which allow you to better control the amount of downward pressure you are placing on your razor, which helps limit irritation.

Rinse the face with lukewarm water after shaving, ending with a cold water rinse. Then apply an after-shave oil, lotion, balm or cream to soothe the skin, disinfect it and create a defensive layer over it all, while you recover from the razor blade.
If your skin feels dry after your shaving routine, be sure to apply a moisturiser, preferably one with SPF protection to the dry areas and work it in gently with your fingertips.

A cream would be better than a lotion as it would also help to moisturise the skin. In fact, an after-shave cum moisturising cream helps to replace the moisture that is lost while shaving. An after-shave cream containing sandalwood is a powerful natural antiseptic. This cream also contains natural moisturisers. It not only provides an exotic woody fragrance but soothes the skin and keeps it healthy.

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