Most men certainly think shaving is something that they understand at least as well as the next guy. Even still, it is always possible to learn how to do this daily task even better. Many men do their shaving first thing in the morning after getting up; sometimes this is just seen as a daily duty that is performed when you are not even fully awake. However, there are better ways to give yourself a better shave, a shave that you might even enjoy. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Timing Your Shave:
One of the first things to remember about shaving is WHEN to do so. It helps if you are more aware of what you are doing, so this should not be undertaken immediately upon waking. At the very least, take a shower first. The shower will also help to open up the pores on your face. This is a great benefit of the steam, so the hotter the better! Also, the shower will normally help you to feel more awake and be better tuned in to what you are actually doing.
Use Softening Oil:
If you are not in the habit of using pre-shave oil, then this might be something to consider. A good oil will help to soften the skin and make your shaving smoother and easier. You do not even need to use much, just about enough to cover the tip of your thumb. Rub it in completely and then continue with your shaving routine. You can apply your usual lather right on top and start shaving.
If you want to have a very smooth shave that gives your face a clean and polished look, there is a great technique that can be used. It is also quite simple. After applying your normal lather, begin shaving, but only go with the grain of your beard. Do this for your entire area. Then repeat the process, this second time going only against the grain. Try it and you will be amazed at the results and just how smooth your face becomes.
A lot of guys simply do not worry about their razor, yet this is one of the most important aspects of their shaving routine and experience. You should always use a high quality blade. More importantly, you need to care for and protect the blade. This means never banging it on the sink or faucet. If you do this, it ultimately will end up denting or bending the blade. Of course, this might not be apparent until later, but it can result in making it more difficult to shave, giving an uneven trim or cut, or producing nicks and cuts on your face.
Applying Shaving Lather:
Interestingly enough, the lather that you will obtain from your shaving cream is generated on the skin once it is applied. Make sure that this is good quality cream that is capable of providing the lubrication and cushion that you need in order to ensure a great shave. If you are using a shaving brush to apply the cream, then be sure to move it in a circular motion over the entire beard area. Take your time with this, as you want to allow the lather to work its way into your pores and hair follicles. One to two minutes should be sufficient for this process. This is also helpful in terms of allowing the cream to better lubricate and moisturize the skin, preventing anything like razor burn.