If you’ve been searching for ways to get your best shave every time, you’re not alone. In a world of big beard trends, some guys prefer the neat and clean look. Although Signature Male doesn’t offer shaving services, we do know a thing or two about taking care of the skin on a man’s face. All the marketing hype surrounding shaving and skincare products can be a little dizzying at times. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy every product to get your best shave. All you really need is a few basic things and the right techniques, and you’ll get the smooth, clean-shaven look you’re after without doing damage to your skin.
1. Wash your face before shaving
. Use a mild soap or face scrub to wash your skin before you shave. This helps removes oil from your skin and facial hair, and makes it easier to get a clean shave. Washing your face also exfoliates your skin, prevents pores from clogging, and keeps your face and skin looking fresh.
2. Use new blades
. Despite the claims made by electric razor hucksters, your best bet for getting a clean shave is going with a traditional razor without a battery pack or motor. Using fresh blades regularly will help you get a clean shave, avoid inflammation, and the tendency to rake your face to get the smoothness you’re looking for.
3. Keep your skin moisturized
. Using a men’s moisturizer regularly or shaving in the shower helps make your facial hair easier to cut with your razor. If you do shave in the shower, use an anti-fog mirror to see what you’re doing. It’s actually a good way to cut down on time in the bathroom when you’re on a tight schedule to get out the door.
4. Avoid alcohol-based shaving products
. Take a trip down the shaving needs aisle at the store and read the ingredient labels for shaving cream and aftershaves. You’ll discover than many of them contain alcohol. And that can be a problem. Using alcohol-based shaving products can increase the likelihood of developing razor burn, ingrown hairs, or minor skin irritations. Instead of using an alcohol-based foamy lather, consider using foamless shaving creams with ingredients designed to protect your skin without the alcohol.
5. Use aftershave
. Like we mentioned above, steer clear of alcohol-based aftershaves. In case you didn’t know, applying alcohol-based aftershave after shaving can practically set your face on fire. Go with a lotion-based aftershave or balm. This practice will help keep your skin smooth and healthy and help prevent ingrown hairs and other skin irritations.
Keep these tips in mind when you’re getting ready to shave or you’re shopping for shaving products, and you’ll have everything you need to get your best shave. Better yet, visit Signature Male for one of our amazing men’s facials to rejuvenate or repair your skin!