Man Daily Skin Care Tips: Shaving

1:07 pm Contributed by JW

Daily skin care is takes just a few minutes but can vastly improve your overall appearance. So what are men should watch out for their daily skin care, particularly SHAVING?

Skin: If your skin is dry, you will experience a tight, dry feeling after washing or shaving. In this case you should use rich moisturizers. There are many unisex ranges which offer this, as male-specific ranges tend to be quite limited. Men who suffer from greasy skin should use a light moisturizing lotion or lightly scented aftershave balm. If you experience shaving rash or razor burn (unsightly red bumps due to swollen hair follicles which are often itchy and irritated), use pre-shave cleansing and exfoliation to minimize the problem. If your skin still reacts, fragrance and color-free products should be used. Cleansing is the first stage of the daily grooming routine, followed by shaving, finishing with moisturizing. You need to cleanse and moisturize your face in the morning and last thing at night, even if you only shave once a day.

Shaving: There are several choices when it comes to shaving. Some methods have a more profound effect on the skin than others, therefore it is important to find a balance between the comfort and structure of the epidermis, whilst achieving the closest possible shave. There are two main methods of shaving: wet shaving and power shaving.

Wet shaving: Wet razors are either entirely disposable or just have disposable heads (the thicker the hair, the more often the heads need to be replaced). These slice off the hair at skin level, or just below it. It is particularly suitable for men with thick, coarse hair growth and is effective in removing longer hairs. However, razor burn is a common problem for those that wet shave and cuts often occur if full attention is not given when shaving. In order to maximise the performance of a wet shave, it is suggested that the skin is softened and lubricated first. Skin should first be cleansed using a facial wash, then a specialist cream, gel or foam should be applied to provide a smooth pathway for the razor. This prevents dragging and nicking. Exfoliation is also an important routine for men to do two or three times a week because it improves a man’s shave by preventing in growing hairs. Shaving should occur in a downwards motion in order to minimise irritation of the skin.

Power shaving: Power shaving involves using a mains or battery operated shaver to whisk the hairs off at high speed. It is suitable for all skin types and does not require shaving preparations. However, it is not as effective on tough, dense and very dark hair. For electric shaving, the face should be clean and dry with stubble not too long. The skin needs to be thoroughly cleansed beforehand and regularly exfoliated. A closer shave can be achieved by pulling the skin taut to encourage the hairs to stand on end and make them easier to trim. It can be difficult to reach some areas with a power shaver, such as beneath the nose and above the lips. Here, an integral trimmer is ideal.

So whichever method you use, the ideal should be ease of use and save time! You don't want to spend your every whole morning for this! Life will be definitely no fun!

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