|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
- 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
- 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.