Appearance is very important in today’s society for both men and women, and this is also true when it comes to close shaving. Looking professional increases your chances to succeed whether you want a promotion or simply to meet new people.
Shaving without cutting, getting irritated skin or ingrown hairs, is possible – as long as you have the right technique and tools. Achieving a perfect shave at home could be more difficult, but once settled into a routine it will become second nature.
This brief presentation will not only explain how it’s done but also how to choose the right tools for the best results.
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What to keep in mind before shaving
There are a few steps to follow in order to achieve your shaving goals.
Step 1: Identify your needs
While most guys don’t pay as much attention to the needs of their skin like women do, following a skincare habit is important. You will simply avoid getting those unpleasant reactions I mentioned earlier.
If your face itches, becomes red, flaky, or bleeds after you shave, chances are you’re using the wrong products, such as wrong shaving cream, shaver, or aftershave lotion. The ideal products for your skin type will not only eliminate these symptoms but will also help with getting that perfect close shave you hope for.
Step 2: Buying the right tools
As far as cosmetics go, it’s easy to ditch the ones causing more damage and getting the ones that will improve your shaving experience. In this regard, you’ll mostly have to pay attention to the ingredients used in those particular face products.
The more difficult task is buying the correct razor for you. Electric razors are surely more expensive, but they’ll usually last longer with proper care and will deliver that smooth shave you crave for.
- This is more of an investment and therefore some research is needed before going shopping.
- To get you started, you should know that not all electric razors are created equally, so you will generally get what you paid for. You already know there are two types of electric razors: rotary and foil.
It has been observed that shavers with at least 4 blades and foil performed better especially on sensitive skin and for closeness. Some foil shavers can be cleaned easier and better than their rotary counterparts.
- You might prefer a dry or a wet shave, so pay attention to this feature as well if you need a new shaver. It’s a good idea to get a device that can be used in both modes – you’ll get a better of which type of shave you prefer. My favorite electric shaver for wet/dry shaving is Braun Series 7.
Step 3: Start shaving
Regardless of the type of shaving you choose, make sure your razor has sharp blades and is clean.
- Luckily, most electric razors require a change of blades only once a year.
Now check your battery level: you need it to be charged enough to last while you shave.
For wet shaving, wash your face first, but resist the urge to dry it off. In the case of a dry shave this is not needed, but do know that by moisturizing you actually decrease the chances of cuts, irritation, and ingrown hair.
Next step is applying your shaving cream, foam or gel in a rather generous layer, all over your face. This helps the machine glide easier over the skin.
Hold the electric razor in your dominant hand for better control of the device.
- Turn it on and bring it close to your skin, holding it perpendicular to the area to shave. Make sure to change the angle as you slide the device over your skin.
- Keep a firm grip on the handler, perform short strokes, and don’t apply too much pressure. A good idea is to start with the more sensitive areas that require extra care.
- Always shave in the opposite direction of hair growth. You can discover hair growth direction by running your free fingers on your skin.
- For an even closer shave, gently stretch the skin with your free hand, or change the position of your head. Use your tongue to highlight those cheek areas that need extra work.
- Depending on the area and hair length, you’ll want to turn the razor upside down, apply more pressure, and even perform shorter repeated strokes.
If your razor is the rotary type, you will want to try a slightly different shaving technique. For starters, you can move the razor less, as it generally glides on its own.
- You’ll want to make sure you perform both circular and straight strokes. The movements must be clockwise, anti-clockwise, vertical, and sideways as these provide better results.
- Make sure to apply less pressure with a rotary razor. However, this also depends on how stubborn your hair is.
No matter what type of electric shaver you own, you will need to rinse it off often, ideally after each stroke. This way, you can be certain your device will shave properly and will not clog.
- Don’t forget to properly clean and dry your machine after you’re done shaving. Proper care will keep it working as it was intended.
Step 4: Rinse off
The final step is to rinse off your face with water and apply an aftershave cream or lotion. This will reduce the sensation of irritation, reduce redness if it occurred, and leave your face smooth to the touch.
- Make sure the aftershave solution is suitable for your skin type. You’ll want to use different products in summer than in winter to better protect your skin.
- You don’t have to dry off your face before applying the aftershave, as many lotions work well on damp skin.
Now your face should look clean and ready to conquer the day!
- You should know that if this method doesn’t deliver the results you hope for, you can always try something different. Add or remove steps as you see fit, as every person has different needs when it comes to their skin routine.
- Remember that sometimes it takes a few takes before you can be perfectly satisfied with the results, so don’t give up after your first try!
An electric shaver will cost more at first, but you will be saving a lot of money in the long run, while also reducing pollution and the discomfort of your morning habit. Knowing how to use one is important for good results that will take just a few minutes to achieve.
Remember that a close shave with an electric razor is possible as long as you have the right tools matching your skin type and if you follow a simple process of just 4 steps.