Razor shaving is an art in itself. Firstly, you need to know a few basics to “successfully” shave with a razor (being unsuccessful of course means having to live with the discomforts of shaving with a razor) and secondly, your ability to properly apply the razor to your face elevates your appearance to something for GQ magazines. It is an art indeed. And like most arts, mastery of the fundamentals is essential to success in the long and the short-run.
What are the things you need to know and take into consideration before putting that razor on your chin? Let’s look at a few.
- Shaving Requires Tools
Apart from your razor, there are tools and utensils that complement the shaving experience. These tools make for an easy and enjoyable shave, prevents the “problematic sides” of shaving and help you achieve the smart executive look the moment you are done.
Some of these tools include the shaving bowl/mug, cream, towels, soaps and foams, facial wash and aftershave balms. These all go hand in hand to give you a pleasant experience and achieve optimum skin health.
- The Quality of Your Tools Matter
You can skimp and save to get cheaper, less quality tools, but in the end who gets hurt? Another thing to consider. It’s advisable to use high-quality tools, a shaving cream with a high concentration of lubricants and moisturizers, to create a rich creamy lather, and yet doesn’t foam like the cheaper drug store brands.
Always use a good quality, sharp razor blade. It’s healthier, considering you also scrape off up to two layers of skin surface when you shave. A dull blade can seriously compromise your health and skin, contributing to razor burns and shaving rash.
- Shaving Requires Techniques
By now it should be adequately clear to most that shaving is not simply the “act” of running a razor over your chin. It is an art that requires that certain techniques be mastered for a satisfying shave. These techniques include washing the face properly, staying well moisturized and soft throughout the process, mixing your cream, applying it onto your face, lathering, and shaving along the grain, cleaning your tools, applying your after-shave balm and looking smart. Phew! That’s a whole ritual. Understanding and mastery bring fun into the process.
- Shaving Affects Your Health
How you shave has a huge impact on your health – I guess I’m coming back to techniques again. Acne, skin burns, skin bumps and other skin diseases/imperfections often come from not knowing how to use a razor properly, not cleaning the tools properly, not storing them right or sharing a razor. It’s important to know the implication of every step and technique of the shaving process on your health and play accordingly.
For instance, depending on the toughness of your beard, change the blade somewhere between every three and every ten shaves, if you shave every day. Two weeks is too long to go without changing blades. Regardless of the number of shaves, if the blade becomes dull, ditch it.
Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin gunk. These are some of the details, you should know.
Learning to use and enjoy using razors is one of the basic skills every guy must learn because it sometimes could be the difference between a comfortable after-shave experience and a very saddening one.
Exxzyr the Best Shaving Cream and the Best Aftershave Balm for Sensitive Skin are two products that help you here. Not only do they work just fine for even those who are “inexperienced shavers,” they generally eliminate rashes, razor burns, and irritations.