Three Tips for a Smooth Shave

Shaving, it’s one of those things I could really do without. My face fuzz needs removing every other day but I know for some guys it can be every day. I don’t envy you, not one bit.
However, I do find it one of the most satisfying things to do. There’s something about unveiling smooth soft skin from the fuzziness and it’s even more satisfying when using a 3- blade shaver for precision.

But when it comes to shaving there are many different techniques and products out there – it’s bewildering to know which is best for you and your skin. But to be honest I believe it’s about finding out what’s comfortable for you. At the end of the day we all have different skin, so one product isn’t going to suit all. But I will however offer you some advice taken from my own personal experience from using many products and gadgets over the years, so here goes:

Cleanse

Our skin goes through a lot every day and a good scrub never goes amiss. We need to rid it of the dirt and sweat which clogs our pores. Ew! Whether you’re shaving or not I advise you use a cleanser daily to rid your skin of the unwanted inhabitants in your pores.

When it comes to shaving, using a cleanser helps to loosen your facial hair, reducing snagging and irritation. Before shaving, Give your face a quick wash with warm water and then scrub away. Some people advise cleansing again after shaving but I personally feel this is overkill. Instead, I give my face a good splash of cold water to close up my pores which works great at reducing irritation.

Cornerstones face Scrub is a great cleanser which I featured in my Must Have Winter Essentials last year. It’s perfect for my sensitive skin.

Cream

To further reduce irritation, invest in a good quality post shave cream or balm like kare by grüum which has cedarwood, sage and rosemary to make your skin feel even smoother. I featured this a few months ago in my Fuss Free Skincare post. If you’re travelling and forgot your balm, any moisturising cream will suffice for the short term.

Clean

Finally, make sure you keep your razor blade or shaver clean and dry. When dirty or wet they can cause irritation and shaving rashes which are especially nasty if you were a collared shirt for work.
After use, ensure you rinse your razor thoroughly with warm water and dry it out before putting it away. Of course, if you use an electric shaver make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to correctly clean the product.

Do you have any top tips? I’d love to hear them so make sure you pop them in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Tommy