Basic shaving can be quick and easy. Just pick up a razor and drag it across your face until the stubble’s gone. A really good shave, on the other hand, requires a little more effort and know-how.
Even if you’ve been shaving for years, you might learn something, from dermatologists and a barber who’s been shaving men for decades, about what you need to do to get the best shave possible.
Read below quick facts men need to know about shaving;
Time Is of the Essence
Don’t rush through a shave. That’s a good way to abuse your face. Instead, spend the necessary time prepping your skin for the razor.
Start by washing your face. Facial cleansers work best because they help soften the protein in the hair, says Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Harsh soaps, on the other hand, wash away hair-softening oils. Leave the cleanser on your face for one minute before you rinse.
Don’t rely on your fingers to lather your shaving cream. Get a brush.
“A good brush really pushes the cream into the hair and makes it much easier to shave,” says expert.
Benabio recommends using a badger hair brush for its ability to lift the hairs and really coat them with cream.
When it comes to razors, both Benabio and Penstein say there’s no need to fool with multiblade razors. A single blade will work fine, though Benabio favors a double-bladed razor for his shaves. The important thing to keep mind, they say, is that the blade you use must be sharp. Discard it if you see a nick in the blade; otherwise, if you shave most days, change blades every week or two.
Go With the Grain
Experts recommend shaving with the grain — that is, in the direction your hair is growing. Though you may get a closer shave if you go against it, you make razor burn or ingrown hairs more likely.
Softening the hair first, as described above, should allow you a close, comfortable shave in one with-the-grain pass. That’s ideal, Penstein says.
The more time you go over an area, the more irritation you’ll get. If you have thick hair, it’s particularly important to go with the grain.
Hot and Cold
Another key to a good shave is keeping the skin hot and moist. A great way to do this, Penstein says, is to shave in the shower or just after you get out. At the barbershop, Kirkpatrick piles on hot, moisturized towels to prep the skin and then again during the shave to keep the hairs soft.
Occasionally, Let Someone Else Do the Work
More men are getting professional shaves, a change from recent decades.
A typical pro shave, lasts 12 to 25 minutes. All you do is lie back and relax.
The time depends on how many hot towels you want to use and if you get a facial massage to go with it. Once in a while, you need a professional job.