The art of shaving

The art of shaving

THE HANS INDIA |   Nov 26,2017 , 12:07 AM IST

The art of shaving
The art of shaving

The time-tested actionable shaving tips for men followed from generations are part of most men’s daily routine which gives a smooth, easy and irritation free shave. Most men rush through a shave in morning with right or wrong technique of shaving ignoring skin conditions.

Shaving causes dull skin and loss of moisturiser
A good shave requires little more effort and know-how a man’s face is a lot oilier with thicker skin, more facial hair and bigger sebaceous glands. When the battle with razors becomes tedious affairs face suffer from ingrown hair, razor burns, cuts, rashes, and nicks. With modern fancy razors and innovative techniques, shaving becomes one of the pleasure-seeking morning activity for a man to get rid of the ugly stubble.

Proper shaving techniques 
Shaving techniques can go a long way in avoiding problems and dealing with them when they occur. The shaving routine can affect the skin most of all, making it dry and sensitive and sometimes leading to the dark patchy skin. Many after-shave products are alcohol based, causing further dryness, skin irritation, and sensitivity. The other problems that can result from daily shaving are an ingrown hair or coarse hair growing in a curved hair follicle. Dead skin cells or hardened oil collecting in the pores can often cause irritation and ingrown hair.

Importance of shaving and aftershave products
One should select shaving and after-shave products with care. A mild face wash or cleanser would also help to counteract dryness. In fact, in cases of dryness, it may be a good idea to discontinue soap and use a cleansing gel instead. Before shaving, ensure that the beard is thoroughly wet. The hair is porous and absorbs the water. This makes shaving easier. Many men prefer to shower before shaving and this makes the beard totally wet.

Apply lukewarm water to the face before shaving, rinsing well.
Use a shaving cream that contains moisturisers and emollients (lubricants). It should produce a rich creamy lather. It would be best to leave the cream on for a minute and then start shaving so that the beard is soft. Choosing the right shaving brush is also important. The bristles should not be too soft or too hard. Everyone uses circular movements with the brush to work up a lather, but if more pressure is applied as you go upwards, it will help to lift the beard and make cutting easier. It is needless to say that the blade should be sharp because a close shave helps to avoid problems. Don’t wait too long to change the blade. Shaving against the direction of hair growth helps to get a close shave, but there are more chances of nicks and ingrown hair.

Rinse the face with lukewarm water after shaving, ending with a cold-water rinse. Then apply an after-shave cream. A cream would be better than a lotion, as it would also help to moisturise the skin. In fact, an after-shave cum moisturising cream helps to replace the moisture that is lost while shaving. An after-shave cream containing sandalwood is a powerful natural antiseptic. This cream also contains natural moisturisers. It not only provides an exotic woody fragrance but moisturises the skin, soothes it and keeps it healthy.


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