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Shaving with a Razor

The outcome of a good shave is smooth skin, no nicks or cuts, and the absence of a hair. What's the best way to get a good shave? Here are some tips:

  • Do not shave too frequently. Shaving more than once a day does not give the skin a chance to heal (causing skin burns) or the beard time to grow to sufficient length to be snagged by the razor (leaving a stubble behind).
  • Wash your skin in warm water. This removes any oil and dead skin that will clog up your razor. The warm water will help soften your hair and make it easier to cut.
  • Apply a shaving lotion. Shaving lotion acts as both a skin lubricant and a hair softener. In a pinch, soap can be used, but it is not as effective.
  • Choose a razor head that works well with your face. Broad heads with blades set back from the edge are great for smooth faces because they cut well and are less likely to nick your skin; faces with wrinkles, indents, and other "obstacles" will be better served with a "micro" type head that allows more careful maneuverability.
  • Use a sharp razor. The cutting action from prior shaves and exposure to bathroom moisture dulls the razor and keeps it from easily slicing through your whiskers. If properly cared for, a disposable razor can be used many times over; just be sure to clean and dry it after each use. The sign of a dull razor is when it catches and pulls on your beard; this can lead to skin irritations, cuts, and keep you from getting a close shave. Use caution with a new razor, however, as it is more likely to slice through the top layer of your skin.
  • Shave in the right direction. Shaving along the direction of the hair is preferred but may not be effective for thicker hair. Shaving against the direction of the hair can cut closer but also lead to ingrown hair. Choose the method that works best for you.
  • Rinse the razor frequently to remove any hair, dead skin, or other debris that collects around the blades.

After shaving, apply a moisturizer to help your skin heal any damage before your next shave.

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