For many of us, shaving is a crucial part of our grooming regime. It’s surprising how few of us actually understand how to shave, and why. I get asked all the time and to be honest, I sometimes need to consult the internet for answers! To save you the effort, I’ve put together this shaving guide along with some of the more common questions I field. Whether you just want some guidelines, or you’re wondering how bathroom storage can help. Perhaps you’re wondering which shaver holder to use, or you just need to know how to shave your mustache. Whatever it is, I’ve got you covered.
How To Shave Your Face
Step 1: Hydrate Your Face
Before you begin, it’s important that you make sure your face is hydrated. If you suffer from irritation after shaving or you often find you cut yourself then this is very likely the reason why. Water will soften your bristles meaning the razor will cut through your hair more easily. Use a face scrub to remove any dead skin, dirt and oils, all of which can cause irritation. Keep it in a shower organizer with everything else so you never forget.
Step 2: Apply Shaving Cream
Everyone knows about this step but not everyone gets it right. It’s important to lather it up to foam and apply evenly, taking care to cover the whole area you intend to shave - any un-lubricated patches of skin are liable to cuts or may become irritated.
Step 3: Use a Sharp Razor and Maintain it Properly
If the same razor’s been sat in your razor holder for a month, you have a problem. Dull blades lead to cuts and rashes. As the hair gets caught (rather than cut) in the blade it causes you to force the razor through. This results in a jerky uneven motion which is likely if not to cut, then to irritate your skin. Leaving you with a red face for the rest of the day. Making sure you wash and dry thoroughly, and keeping your razor blade holder dry will maximize the life of your blades. Get a razor and brush holder combo and keep your razor and shaving brush at hand.
Step 4: Use Light, Gentle Strokes
Remember that skin is sensitive to shaving. It is important to use light gentle strokes and let the razor do the work, to avoid both cuts and irritation, but also to ensure an even shave. If you feel like you have to apply too much pressure, it’s time to change your blades.
Step 5: Rinse Your Blades
It’s just as important to rinse the blades often as you shave to make sure they remain clear of hairs and keep doing their job properly. Hairs in the razor can cause catching, making you jerk the razor or apply too much pressure. For the outcome of this, see above.
Step 6: Apply Moisturiser or Aftershave
Even with the perfect equipment, products, and technique, shaving is still harsh on your skin. That’s why it is crucial that you hydrate your skin after shaving, with a moisturizer or aftershave, or both. A cream will work best for dry skin, a moisturizing cleanser for normal skin, and toner or aftershave for oilier skin. Keeping all of this in a shower rack or shower organizer will help you remember to make it a part of your daily routine.
Commonly-Asked Shaving Questions
How Do You Get A Really Close Shave?
One of the things I get asked the most is, how do you get the smoothest shave? Well, all of the steps above are a really great start. Using razors that are as fresh and sharp as possible is probably the killer tip here. Also, making sure you clean and dry your razors thoroughly after use will make a big difference. With this, the right shaving foam (or gel) for you, and following the tips above, you should be able to get a super close shave every time.
Are You Supposed To Shave With Or Against The Grain?
One of the most hotly contested topics in shaving is should you shave up or down, relative to the direction your hair grows? The reason for the debate is that there’s no one correct answer. Generally, it will feel more comfortable going with the grain, but as the hair grows differently in different areas of the face, you will not always be able to do this. The contours of your face will dictate this also. Shave in the direction that feels most comfortable and you won’t go too far wrong.
Is Shaving Bad For Your Face?
Shaving badly is bad for your skin, sure. This all depends on how you’re doing it, and to an extent your skin type. People are always asking me how often can they shave their face, and my answer is, done properly, there’s no limit. Should you shave every day? If you need to, and you do it right, there’s no reason why not. Done properly shaving can actually be good for the skin, removing dead skin and exfoliating. If you follow our tips and moisturize then daily shaving can be a plus. Looking for more grooming tips? Try our post on Top Grooming Tips For Men.
Is It Better To Shave Wet Or Dry?
With this in mind, is it OK to dry shave? For the reasons above it’s definitely better to shave wet. Some people ask if it’s bad just to shave with water, especially if they are sensitive or allergic to some shaving products. Well, I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but it can be done. Finding the right gel or shaving foam is a better approach. Either way, shaving in the shower is great for hydration, and the heat also softens hair and hydrates the skin. But I know what you’re thinking, how do I shave in the shower?
With all the steam, most mirrors will fog and leave you shaving blind. A fogless shower mirror solves this problem.
Shave Faster In The Morning
A fogless shower mirror allows you to shave in the ideal conditions for your skin. The heat and water will be a big help with keeping your facial hair soft and allowing a smooth action. It also saves time as you can combine your shower and shaving routine into one. The Oliver, our fogless shaving mirror, is totally fog free and so you can see exactly what you’re doing. It’s super easy to attach and move around if you need. It means you can ensure your shave is not only close and precise but your skin is left in the best possible condition.
Organize Your Bathroom For A Faster Morning Routine
If you really want to save time in the morning, you might have thought about using a hanging shower organizer or perhaps a corner shower organizer. For sure, having all you need ready and waiting for you is another great little bathroom hack. Coupling your shower mirror with a razor blade holder allows you to get the most out of your time in the morning. Leaving you with even more time to complete the rest of your grooming regime and then have a coffee, easing into the day. Still, with so many shower racks on the market, deciding which to get isn’t easy. One of my favorite shower organizer ideas, The 4-in-1 Bathroom Storage Tile Series, fits perfectly with the fogless mirror and provides you with a hanging toothbrush holder. It also has ample space for all your shaving products, toothpaste, shower gels and shampoos, meaning you're ready to groom every morning with zero wasted effort.
Now that you understand the science of shaving, I hope you can see that with the best shower organizer, your shaving routine can not only be great for your skin but also save you time. If you want easier mornings and a better shave, have a look at the Tooletries range today to see how you can get your routine razor sharp.