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The main aim of shaving is to get a smooth and stubble-free close encounter with a soft feel to the touch. Unless you are growing out your beard for a fashion
the statement, shaving is undoubtedly a part of your daily routine.
Most men learn to shave as teenagers by watching their fathers and may still use the same products and techniques, even in adulthood. As you have noticed today, shaving has come a long way, and you may need more than just a single-blade razor and foaming shaving cream to get that close and SMOOTH shave you desire.
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When it comes to a smooth, rash-free, and close shave, there are a few things that you need to implement and perfect.
Getting a close shave may not always guarantee a smooth shave, as you may experience razor burn or a rash that can result in some nasty bumps and ingrown hairs.
Today’s main purpose is not just for a close and smooth shave but also for irritation and bump-free shaving.
Smooth Shave Techniques
First and foremost, your technique may be passed down from your grandfather, his father, and so on, but it may only sometimes be that effective.
So here are a few tips to improve your shaving technique;
- Start with a very sharp and clean razor.
- Shave using short bursts of very gentle strokes.
- Pay attention to the direction your hair grows and shave with the grain.
- After shaving with the grain, you can very lightly shave against the grain with short strokes.
- Rinse your blade in hot water often, preferably after every short stroke.
- When you are done, rinse your face with cold water, which helps close the pores, preventing rashes and razor bumps.
Pre and Post Shave Regime
But before we get to shaving techniques and tools, the first step in any shaving routine is your before and aftercare after every shaving episode.
This is the most important step in preventing rashes, ingrown hairs and keeping your skin safe and healthy.
- First, clean your face thoroughly and try to exfoliate before every shave with a high-quality product specific to your skin type.
- Use a moisturizing face wash because you do not want to strip your face of its natural oils.
- Choose a thick moisturizing shaving cream, gel, or foam, whichever you prefer, and smooth it lavishly over your entire face and neck area.
- Give a few minutes for the shaving product to soak into your skin, and then start shaving using the technique recommended.
- Could you reapply the shaving product before you shave against the grain?
- Rinse your face thoroughly and apply a moisturizing aftershave balm or cologne.
A Good Razor for Your Skin Type
We have all been waiting for the shaving tools for the part we have all been waiting for. Let us be frank; we each have our favorite brand and taste regarding razors and blades.
So, to get the facts straight, yes, the smoothest and closest shave you will get is with a straight razor, but this is an art rather saved for the professionals as a
a straight razor is dangerous and can cause more harm than good if improper use.
Next in line multi-blade and cartridge razors will give you that close and smooth shave you have always wanted, but the catch is to find the one.
Works best for you. In the end, it is always good to invest in high-quality and well-known brands; you are more likely to have success with an innovative
and quality brand.
With Cartridge and multiblade razors come blades, and this is where we all cringe because a good quality cartridge blade is downright expensive.
Although this is true, take some time to compare how long you can use your “expensive” blade to others, and with some good care and maintenance, you can even prolong your blade’s life.
In the end, what we all need in a good razor blade is a system that is easy to rinse and clean, will not clog, and stays sharp. Another factor is pulling and tugging; a razor blade with multiple blades spaced further apart will not pull or tug.
Then, flexibility is key for those hard-to-reach areas, and likewise, a pivoting head and free suspension blades.
Blade Types for your Skin Type
One thing I would highly recommend is to get the proper blade type for your skin, particularly if you have irritable and sensitive skin;
- A regular blade will offer a smooth and comfortable shave hassle-free but will not provide much protection or prevention regarding sensitivity.
- A sensitive blade gives you a close yet gentler shave for that little extra care.
- An Extra Sensitive blade will likely prevent irritation, razor bumps, and ingrown hair but will most likely not initially provide the closest and smoothest shave.
Tips for a Smoother Shave
In the end, as you can see, it is all up to your tools, products, and technique to ensure the smoothest and most comfortable shave, and if you have mastered this and not seen an improvement, here are some more shaving tips;
- Never shave when your skin is dry; you risk cuts and irritation.
- Ensure you use warm water, not hot water, which may soften your skin.
- Do not use soap; use shaving cream, gel, or foam.
- Do not lend out your razor to your partner or friends and family.
- Always pay attention to your hair growth direction, stay with the grain, and then against the grain if you must.
- Shave more often to prevent pulling and tugging.
- Stay out of the sun, use good sunscreen, and never shave sunburnt skin.
- Replace your blades regularly and keep them clean and dry.
Choosing the Best Razor
When Choosing your Razor, keep these features in mind;
Number of Blades
A razor with three or more blades is ideal for a closer shave. Could you make sure to check the spacing between the blades? A good example of a razor that offers three blades
With ample spacing is the Defender razor brand.
The blades should be flexible, and the cartridge head should be able to pivot. Likewise, it looks for a handle with an ergonomic design and good grip properties.
A razor blade with a lubrication strip is great for dry and sensitive skin and will prevent nicks and cuts.
Please ensure that the material used to make the handle is not slippery and has an easy-to-operate design.
In the End
Finding that perfect razor is now your mission; the tips and techniques I have given should enable you to get a much closer and smoother shave.
I have noticed a new and upcoming brand of razor, the Defender, to have many of the features that I have discussed in this article and to be fast on the track as one
of the most innovative all-around Cartridge razors.