The right way to shave
Learning good shaving techniques can minimise the chances of shaving-related problems.
- Use warm water on the skin. This softens the skin and makes for an easier shave, reducing the risk of irritation.
- Use shaving cream or foam, and apply in the opposite direction to the hair growth. This helps to raise and lift the hair, and also moisturises the skin.
- Try shaving the jawline, cheeks and neck first, then move on to the chin, upper lip and lower lip. The hair on these areas is coarser and will take longer to soften.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth, which is usually with downward strokes. Although this will not give you the closest shave, it reduces the risk of ingrown hairs, cuts and irritation.
- Shave with your skin relaxed. Avoid stretching the skin too taut, as this increases the risk of hair being shaved below the surface of the skin, and thus increases the risk of ingrown hairs.
- Rinse your razor carefully after every use and change the blades regularly.
Page created on February 28th, 2010
Page updated on March 10th, 2010