EST. | 2020

Shaving is an art. Once mastered with a help of a few tips, it will feel like an easy task.


Shaving is to frequent shavers what brushing teeth is to every civilized human. Conversely, there are men who would rather do without this activity because of the complexities involved in it and the frequency with which they are required to shave. There is more to shaving than what meets the eye. At first glance, it seems that all you need to do is lather up and pass a razor over the foam. However, there are a range of areas to look into such as skin and hair care, details like which direction you should shave in and shaving products to be used for the best possible shave. We realize that you may not have the time to research and understand the intricacies involved in shaving and how to go about getting the best possible shave. Hence, we’ve taken the trouble and present to you a series of steps to guide you.



A great way to prepare your face for a shave is to have a hot shower. If that’s not possible, you can use a warm, moist towel so that your skin will stay warm and relaxed during the shaving process. You could also use a facial cleanser or a pre-shaving oil. These help to moisturize the skin and soften the beard hair so it can be easily removed when you shave. It also helps to prepare and hydrate the skin so that you can get a better and closer shave. Apply it on your skin for about a minute.



It is best to apply shaving cream or foam by a brush instead of using your fingers. It is also preferable to use the kind that comes in a tin rather an aerosol can to avoid harmful chemicals.


Don’t be tempted to lather up even though a frothy ‘beard’ of lather may be tempting. This frothy layer is filled with tiny air pockets which will disappear as soon as your blade touches them, leaving your skin unprotected. Apply the shaving cream with your brush using small circular motions. Let the cream sit for two or three minutes particularly if you have thicker facial hair. This helps the shaving cream really penetrate the hairs and soften them prior to cutting.



Prior to shaving, take some time to map the grain of hair on your face and neck. This can be complicated as hair grows in different directions. As you move your finger against the hair, if it feels smooth then you are going with the grain. If it feels prickly and rough then you are going against the grain. For a smooth shaving experience with minimum skin irritation, it is best to go with the grain.

Shaving against the grain will aggravate your skin and can destroy the hair follicles causing ingrown hairs to form.



Rinsing with cold water helps close up your pores which will help prevent ingrown hairs and will keep your face smoother and healthier. Once you’ve rinsed and removed the excess shaving cream, dab (not wipe) with a towel to dry.

It can take some hours for your freshly shaven face to heal. You can use a traditional moisturizer which would immediately hydrate your skin or you could push the envelope and use a moisturizer containing ingredients that will soothe, relieve and repair your post shave skin at the same time. There are many healing ingredients to choose from but Aloe Vera, Allantoin and D-Panthenol are all excellent examples. Avoid alcohol-based aftershaves as they cause a stinging sensation on the skin. The alcohol also immediately evaporates on contact with the skin and is extremely drying.



It can take some hours for your freshly shaven face to heal. You can use a traditional moisturizer which would immediately hydrate your skin or you could push the envelope and use a moisturizer containing ingredients that will soothe, relieve and repair your post shave skin at the same time. There are many healing ingredients to choose from but Aloe Vera, Allantoin and D-Panthenol are all excellent examples. Avoid alcohol based aftershaves as they cause a stinging sensation on the skin. The alcohol also immediately evaporates on contact with the skin and is extremely drying.



Take good care of your skin and let it rest. Limit shaving to every other day so your face has a chance to recover.

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