It’s estimated that male facial hair grows between 125mm and 150mm per year, adding up to an average of 3000 hours of a man’s life shaving – that is indeed 125 days of your life spent shaving.
Since it’s a task that you are going to be doing so often, you might as well learn all the tips and tricks. We’ve partenered up with Cornerstone, a convenient and flexible subscription service delivering men’s shaving supplies straight to your door for a smooth, comfortable shave.
If you want a smooth shave you need to start with the basics: preventing ingrown hairs and removing dead skin cells. Pick a scrub that doesn’t contain any nasty plastic microbeads and use it two to three times a week to get an even closer finish.
Shave After Showering
If you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to apply too much pressure on your skin, miss some spots and cut yourself, so take your time. To save some precious minutes, shave immediately after your shower as the steam will open your pores, perfectly priming your face for shaving. Plus, your stubble will be softened from the warm water making it that much easier for the blades to glide over your skin.
What Not To Do
Dry shaving plus an old blade are the perfect combination for razor burn and skin irritation. We’ve all done it- you’re running out of time and you need to shave as quickly as possible. But dry shaving is still a nightmare for your skin and ironically it will end up taking up more of your time as you’ll then need to tend to your cuts and razor burn! Make sure you use a shaving gel or cream designed with sensitive skin in mind, so your blades can glide over your skin effortlessly whilst providing a protective barrier for your skin.
Say no to blunt razors. It’s false economy if you think you’re saving money by using an old, blunt razor. All you’ll end up doing is causing skin irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs, which will lead you to go buy products to remedy the damage! Make sure you have a fresh set of blades ready for when your current blades become dull.
Hydrate and Repair Your Skin
Shaving can dry your skin, causing irritation, so avoiding a moisturizer can save you a couple of seconds every morning, but it will do more harm than good. To soothe and re-hydrate your skin, choose a post-shave balm or moisturiser, but make sure it doesn’t sting! If it does, it’s probably because it contains alcohol, which ironically only dries and irritates your skin even more. Cornerstone’s post-shave balm has been perfectly blended to rehydrate your skin and close up your pores so you can leave the house looking sharp.
Shave with and not against the grain
Shaving techniques can make a big difference. To achieve a clean shaven look, we always recommend going with the grain. Going against it is a definite no as it’s more likely to cause skin irritation as well as ingrown hairs as you end up cutting hair too short, which is more likely to grow back under your skin and cause shaving spots. When you shave with the grain, the razor won’t drag or pull your skin giving you a closer (and less painful) look.
Remedying Nicks and Cuts
If you end up cutting yourself in the middle of shaving, don’t go straight for the traditional tissue paper. You’re better off covering your face instead with some Vaseline or lip balm to quickly stop the bleeding and prevent any nasty infections.
It’s always best to relax, take your time and enjoy the experience.
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