Shaving is like sleeping – you do it every day and it’s practically automatic. But just like sleeping, there’s always a way to get better results. So aside from starting well-rested and healthily hydrated, here are our steps to get the smoothest, most touchable skin from your morning routine.
1. Prep Your Skin
Soften your hair and open up your pores. A hot shower is ideal before a shave because hair swells, becoming softer and giving you a closer shave. Need a quicker fix? Splash your face and wrap with a hot towel for one to two minutes.
2. Lather Up
Don’t skip – or skimp – on shave gel. Dry shaving is a surefire way to end up with razor burn, and not-so-sexy facial skin. Use a high-quality formula with moisturizing ingredients and a soft finish. The skin loses moisture while shaving, so using a moisturizing formula keeps the skin hydrated while you shave.
3. Use Fresh, Quality Razors
A single-blade disposable razor is only allowed in the most desperate of circumstances. Today, men have a wide array of razors to choose from, with moisturizing elements, cooling technology, and of course, multiple blades. Make sure you invest in a razor that will be good to your skin, and you’ll reap the benefits.
Depending how frequently you shave, change your razor every 10-15 uses. You will be able to tell when you’re using a dull razor the second it skids against your skin. Using a straight razor? Strop every 6 – 15 shaves. Some people hone their straight razor every 3-6 months – you’ll know when it’s time for a sharpening when your razor is causing irritation or pulls hairs.
4. Moisturize Immediately
Right after a shave, your skin is at its most vulnerable. Rinse generously with cool water to soothe the skin and close up your pores, preventing dirt and oil from sneaking in. Pat your skin gently with a soft, clean towel. Moisturize right away with a high quality formula such as Recharge Age Combating Post Shave Serum that hydrates well and leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and looking fresh.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to let the shadow grow in and skip a couple of days once in a while. It gives your skin a chance to rest and restore itself.
Following these steps to the perfect shave will keep your skin looking and feeling its best. A skin care routine for men doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complex – but it is important!