It is a feat. But soon enough, that feat starts feeling like an everyday mess you have signed up for life. Be it cuts or the very idea of wasting a good few minutes every day, the shaving routine can be far from being convenient. However, follow these simple rules and make peace with it.
THOU SHALT INDULGE IN GROUNDWORK
It is a good idea to take a shower before you shave. The steam from the hot bath will prepare your skin by making the beard easier to cut.
Or, grab a hot towel; a simple washcloth should suffice. If you want to calm your nerves before a difficult day at the office or unwind yourself after long hours of work, apply perfumed essential oils to the dry cloth before dipping it in warm water. The essence of, say, lavender, will give you the much-needed indulgence you deserve. The treatment will also take out dirt and dead skin cells.
THOU SHALT OWN A BESPOKE KIT
Every man is entitled to a decent shaving kit. The contents of that perfect kit will vary from person to person. You may opt for a pre-shaving cream. You may choose between shaving gel and foam.
Invest in a shaving brush, one that would exfoliate your skin and also help the blade cut through the hair more smoothly.
And the razor itself comes in many variations. From the pivoting handle to the multi-blade feature —they applied the science for the perfect shave, you decide on the art by picking what works best for you. There is also a wide array of aftershave products. You may, for example, not want to use an alcohol-based one if it does not suit your skin.
Your shaving kit should be your very own personal selection of tools required to make for a hassle-free, relaxing treatment.
THOU SHALT NOT GO AGAINST THE GRAIN
Do not rush. Do not apply extra pressure. And definitely do not forget to rinse off the razor frequently to get rid of the hair or foam build-up.
Do shave along the grain. Essentially, it means that you will pull the razor in the same direction as that of your hair growth, not against it. Generally speaking, shaving against the grain increases the risk of getting those nicks and burns. So, notice the direction of hair growth carefully as it varies from one area of the face to the other.
THOU SHALT NOT LEAVE SKIN HIGH AND DRY
Have a go at it for the second time if necessary. Then, bring out your aftershave product. The treatment will not just give a cold and soothing feeling to the skin, but also help it heal from any cuts as many aftershave products contain antiseptic elements.
Finally, it is very important to apply a moisturiser to ensure that your skin has been properly rehydrated.
— LS Desk
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