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Proper wet shaving techniques, quality products and post-shaving skin care can help you look and feel your best and help avoid razor burn, razor bumps and irritation. A good, close shave followed by the right facial washes and after shave moisturizer products go hand in hand to achieve optimum skin health. And, it can turn a chore into a pleasant morning ritual.
Tips for close shave:
- Make Sure Your Beard is thoroughly Wet:
One of the keys to a great close shave without irritation or razor burn is to make sure your beard is thoroughly wet. Facial hair will absorb moisture up to 30% of its volume. Hair swollen with water becomes quite weak and therefore, easier to cut.
- Use a Quality Shaving Cream:
Use a shaving cream that has a high concentration of lubricants (like silicones) and moisturizers. The best shaving creams create a rich creamy lather and do not foam up like the cheaper drug store brands.
The less "foaming" in the shave cream the better, as it is what is in contact with the skin and beard that matters - all else is wasted.
- A Shaving Brush is One of the Best Tools:
One of the best tools you can use to achieve the optimum shave is a shaving brush. A shaving brush does a couple of things. First, it helps raise the hair so that a closer cut is possible. Second, it helps create a rich creamy lather with the shaving cream that stays close to the skin. And, finally, it helps remove dead skin cells (exfoliation) which reduces the chance of blemishes, razor bumps and also helps the skin look and feel smooth and healthy.
- Use a Quality Razor and Change the Blades:
Always use a good quality sharp razor blade. Be sure the blade is sharp. You're not just cutting off hair; you're also scraping off up to two layers of surface skin when you shave. A dull blade is more traumatic to the skin, making your face feel scratchy and look blotchy.
- Use the Razor Properly:
ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth. Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.
- Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving:
After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use a facial wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash.
- Finish off with an After Shave Lotion or Balm:
An after shave lotion, designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys - these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn't look shiny.
The best after shave lotions not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.
So, go for organic shaving creams or bars to get a close shave.