Shaving 101: For Guys

Check out these tips to help your son get clean-shaven in no time with no nicks or cuts.

At some point during puberty, boys start to notice traces of hair on the upper lip and chin. At first you may not need to shave very often, but eventually it will start to grow in faster and thicker so you may start shaving more regularly — or even daily.

Like most things, the more you shave the better you get at it. Here are some tips to mention to your son to not only get him started but get a closer more comfortable shave!

The Basics
Wash your face — this removes oil, dirt and dead skin cells that can matt down the hair on your face and neck and block your razors path. Hydrate the areas you want to shave — it not only opens pores to cleanse your skin but also softens your hair making it easier to cut. A hot shower is ideal, but if you are washing at a sink, hydrate your face and neck with warm water for three minutes. Apply shave gel or cream using slow, circular motions to cover all the areas you shave. (This creates a protective blanket that helps to lock in moisture and soften in facial hair for smoother razor glide and less tugging of the hair.) For sensitive skin, let the shave gel soak in for about a minute.

Use a multi -blade razor for a closer more comfortable shave. Make sure it isn’t dull before you start. Some razors have an indicator strip that fades to white when it’s time to change. Use light gentle strokes throughout your shave — let the razor do the work, not you. Applying too much pressure leads to redness, irritation or nicks.

Rinse your blade frequently to prevent build up on the blades. Pull skin tight for a more consistent shaving surface for your razor. Shave with the grain of your hair first and then against it for a closer shave.

If you aren’t sure, rub your hands over your face and neck. If you feel resistance, then that is against the grain.

Tricky Areas
Leave your chin and around your lips for later on in your shave as these are the toughest to reach and most vulnerable areas plus it lets the shaving gel soak in longer to soften your facial hair even further.

Curling your top lip over your teeth to stretch the skin and help you reach hairs with less effort.

When You Are Done
Rinse your razor thoroughly and shake off excess water. Don’t wipe blades or bang your razor against the sink, as this can damage the fine shaving edges. Rinse your face and neck with cold water to close pores. Pat your face dry — don’t drag a towel across the skin, as it may still be tender. Apply after-shave to moisturize and calm your skin. These are developed to be quickly and easily absorbed by your skin to help refresh and seal in your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

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