The Best Way to shave at home
Shaving at home can sometimes become a bit of a chore although with a bit of patience and care it is possible to get similar results as a professional barber. All you need is the correct technique and correct equipment plus an aftershave moisturiser. This should then make it possible for you to be able to perform a very close shave and achieve optimum skin health. So lets see what is the best way, to shave at home.
Before trimming facial hair, you must have a facial wash making sure the beard is completely wet through. Facial hair absorbs around 30% of its volume causing it to swell and this is when the beard is at its weakest and becomes easier to cut. If possible, a warm shower prior to shaving is beneficial in assisting the beard to become moist. Some barbers apply a warm moist towel to your face for a few minutes prior to starting the shave. Never shave cold or apply shaving products to a dry face, as this will cause irritation and a rash.
To achieve a professional cut you will need to apply a lubricant to your skin. The best lubricants are the ones that have a rich creamy lather. They give a lot more skin coverage than the cheaper foaming types of lather.
The creamier the shaving cream the more lubrication that is applied to your skin. The benefits are reduced resistance, less irritation and fewer cuts.
Your razor blades will also last a lot longer. Once you have applied the creamy lather to your face, leave it for a minute or two before you begin to shave. The purpose of doing this is due to the way it locks the moisture in your beard allowing it to become even softer resulting in an easier cut.
Without a doubt, the old ways are the best ways. The old faithful shaving brush is still the best method to prepare your skin for a shave.
The shaving brush has many properties all of which have stood the test of time. While using the brush it raises the hairs allowing for a closer cut.
It creates a beautiful and creamy lather, which is perfect for getting a close, rash-free shave.
Finally, it does something the naked eye cannot see as it exfoliates the skin. Removing all of the dead skin will result in fewer razor bumps, blemishes and rash, leaving your skin look healthy clean and vibrant.
It is vitally important that a sharp, high quality razor be used while shaving. It’s worth remembering while shaving that you are not just cutting the facial hair but also removing up to two layers of surface skin. The use of a blunt razor causes trauma to the skin in the shape of razor burn and shaving rash, which will leave you blotchy and itchy.
It is important that you change your razor blades on a regular basis. If you have had a blade for two weeks then you have had it far too long so it is time for a change. While cutting, it is advisable to rinse your razor blade under hot water every few cutting strokes.
This procedure allows you to clear away the gathering of shaving foam, cut hair and exfoliated skin from the blade. The rinsing under hot water will lubricate the blade ready for the next cutting stroke.
The rinsing under warm water has nothing to do with “killing bacteria”.
Using the Razor Correctly
If possible, start shaving the direction the beard has grown. Begin with the sides before moving onto the moustache area and then finishing off on the chin. The chin area is the hardest area to shave.
This is due to the chin hairs being the toughest to shave. Leaving them until last allows them to have more time under the creamy lather of the shaving cream we applied with our shaving brush, allowing the tough hairs more time to soften.
It is possible to get a closer shave by cutting against the growth direction.
This is, however, a dangerous practice for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can quite easily cut yourself and bleed profusely which is always a nuisance, or it is possible to cut a hair below the skin level causing an issue with ingrowing hair.
This is where the hair grows into the surrounding tissue instead of growing out through the pore. The result of this is an itchy inflammation and a possible infection, so the secret is to let the razor do the work. Do not press too hard while shaving as this may cause the same problems mentioned earlier, so shave gently and with the grain.
If your shave is not close enough and you want to improve the shave, then you must again use the shaving brush to lather and moisten the area you need to re-shave.
For the second cut, it may be possible to cut against the grain to get a closer shave. This is what a barber would do, however, remember that they are trained professionals. When you have finished with the razor, give it a swill under warm water to clear away the shaving cream and cut facial hair. When you are satisfied that it is clean give it a shake to dry. Do not dry it using a cloth or a towel, as this will reduce the life of the razor blade.
Facial Cleanse after shaving
When you have finished shaving, it is worth giving your face a warm water rinse before using a facial wash remembering that this is when your skin is at its most vulnerable.
A good facial wash is one that has a high concentration of tea tree oil. Applies this before rinsing your face with cool water. You can then pat dry with a soft towel remembering to pat and not rub.
Finally, use an Aftershave Lotion or Balm
When you shave you can take off two layers of skin. Therefore, it is very important to use a good moisturiser after shaving. An aftershave lotion with both balm and moisturiser would be a perfect way to replace the moisture and soothe the skin.
Just remember to use a moisturiser designed for men. They are developed in a way that makes them less greasy and so they absorb quickly than dry to a matte finish so your skin does not look shiny.