The more time you spend on the preparation, the better the shave. Use a Pre-shave exfoliating scrub to lift the hairs and remove dead skin cells. Apply plenty of warm water to the face and prepare the beard area with shaving oil which protects the skin from the blade and helps to soften the hair, easing the shaving process as the blade will meet less resistance. Use a bristle shaving brush in combination with a rich cream like Dove Total Comfort Shave Cream, soften and lift the hair. This will also allow the blade to move more easily, giving a closer shave.
The more horizontal the hair growth, the greater the problems. Hair growing close to the skin is the main cause of razor bumps, ingrowing hair and irritation. Evaluate the thickness, there are three main hair types – fine, medium and coarse. The thicker the hair the greater the resistance to the blade. The coarser the hair, the shorter the blade stroke. Consider the density as well. The density of beard growth varies across your face. The denser the area of hair growth, the harder it is for the blade to cut it. As the density changes so must your blade speed.
Study your beard growth and take into account the direction of the hair, which varies across the beard. It is important to stretch the skin and follow the hair direction as the primary cause of irritation and razor bumps is shaving constantly against the hair. Some men are able to shave against the hair growth with no problems, while some men cannot. Shave first with the grain, re-wet the face and go across the grain, and only if your skin can take it re-wet again and go against. Remember, always rinse the blade under hot water before shaving and between each stroke.
Once you have completed your shave, apply a repair balm which will be easily absorbed into the skin, restoring the barrier function lost as a result of shaving, and also slowing down the ageing process. A wet shave is not just about removing facial hair, it is a chance to look after your skin’s appearance now and for the future.
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