Shaving your face is part of any man’s life. It’s one of the things you need to master when you take the passage from boy to manhood. And it could get very very tricky.
In my case, for example, my mother is nagging me to shave, because she thinks that a beard makes me look older. But I like it very much, and I consider shaving too much of a problem to bother with. I just use an electrical clipper, designed for the head hair.
This article however, is for anyone out there who is getting tired of getting nicks and scratches and an irritated face and who wants to shave the correct way.
So, let’s see the steps:
1.Trim it as much as possible, by means of an electrical clipper or a pair of scissors
Electric clippers are best for this mission. The reason you are doing it is to make your mission easier later on.
2. Wash your face using an exfoliant gel or cream, in a circular motion
This way you will soften your beard and prevent infection in case of nicks later on.
3.Rub shaving oil on your face
This will act as a lubricant for when you will use shaving cream, allowing the razor to slide much easier.
4.Apply the shaving cream on your face, preferably with a brush
The brush will further help to soften your beard and exfoliate your skin. Avoid using a bar of soap, as this can leave a residue on the blade, dulling the edge and eventually causing rusting even on stainless blades.
5.Start shaving your neck and chin
To shave under your chin and your neck, shave from the bottom of your neck upwards (with the grain) to prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs. There are some places where against the growth means shaving from left to right, not just up down.
6.Work your way to your cheeks, jawline and upper lip
For the top section of your beard, shave from the top of the beard to the edge of your jawline in long, steady strokes. Don’t forget to shave as high as possible on the cheekbones so that you won’t have ugly facial hairs there.
To shave your upper lip, stretch it over your front teeth to tighten the skin, and shave downwards. You’re now shaving with the growth of the hair.
For an easier shaving, don’t forget to periodically rinse your razor with water, so that it doesn’t become clogged with hair. Slide your fingers downwards on the blades if the damn thing won’t come off.
7.Rinse your face with warm water and check for areas you might have missed
Check your cheek bones, your whiskers and your sideburns. When you are checking your sideburns, best advice is to put both index fingers where the sideburns end. After that look in the mirror. Are the 2 fingers at the same level? Then the sideburns are shaved correctly. If not, continue with the shaving.
8.Rinse your face with cold water and pat it dry with a clean towel
Apply a non-alcohol shaving balm. Aloe and tea tree oil can help prevent dry skin and razor burn. However, if you are going to use Tea Tree Oil, it should be at a very low concentration, since it’s potentially irritating to freshly-shaved skin.
When you master these 8 steps, you can try more adventurous things, like different beard styles, mustaches , so on and so forth. My advice right now is to read carefully this article and shave that caveman beard.