The perfect shave
Don't be the bloke who wanders round all day with a piece of toilet paper attached to his face. Shave like a pro.
Firstly, you have two shaving choices: wet or dry. For a dry shave we’re talking about an electric shaver, for a wet shave you’ll need a razor, hot water and a decent lather (foam or soap). An electric shaver may seem like a fuss-free method, but it can leave skin a bit dry, and, in some cases, prone to pimples.
Here’s how to wet shave:
Step one: Scrub up
Wash your face using warm water and soap – this will open pores and also soften beardy hairs.
Step two: Get into a lather
If you’re using foam, squirt a little into the palm of your hand. Then apply to the face using your fingertips – in small circular motions. Cover the beard area in a thin layer, but don’t overdo it. Too much foam just clogs the blade, while inviting comparisons with Father Christmas.
Step three: The dangerous bit
Shave downwards, using light strokes with the razor, and aim to follow the direction in which the hair grows. After each stroke, rinse the blade in a basin of warm water (not boiling hot as the heat could buckle the blade).
Step four: Leave the best ’til last
Start at the sides and work inwards, but leave the moustache and chin area until last. Hair grows thickest here, and needs longest to soften in the lather.
Step five: And rinse
Use cold water to help close up the pores and then apply a balm or moisturiser to keep your skin supple. If possible, avoid using aftershave – the alcohol content can dry up sensitive skin.
Photo of man shaving by Shutterstock.
Updated on 29-Sep-2015
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