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Get Your PhD In Shaving

Get Your PhD In Shaving

A perfect shave is all in the preparation. Failing to adequately prep the skin often ends in cuts, irritation, ingrown hairs and an altogether patchy finish. And, given that you’ll shave around 20,000 times in your life, it’s probably worth making sure you learn how to do it properly.

#1 Cleansing

Barbershop-style hot towels are ideal for priming your beard but they’re hardly practical at home. A hot shower will have a similar effect, opening pores and helping soften the beard.

A cleanser or, better yet a face scrub, should be your first preparatory potion. Not only will the scrubbing action lift hairs, making them easier to cut, but it will also slough away the microscopic dead skin cells and dirt that’s been festering away on your face. By ‘sanding down’ the surface of your skin with these products, you’re reducing the likelihood of razor drag and an inferior shave.

#3 Aftercare

Shaving is a pretty hard on the skin, which makes aftercare just as important as preparation. A lot of guys still use an alcohol-based aftershave or fragrance when they’re done. This is the worst thing you can do as the alcohol content of these products dehydrates skin and increases the chances of post-shave problems.

After splashing your face with cold water to help close pores, reach for a soothing after-shave product. Whether you choose a balm or a lotion is simply a matter of personal preference; products that contain more than 50% alcohol, however, will provoke irritation and dry out the skin.