Shaving doesn’t start or end with a razor – don’t forget pre- and post-shaving care

Shaving is something that most men do on a daily basis. But your shaving routine shouldn’t just involve grabbing your razor and hoping for the best. If you’re guilty of that, then you need to stop right now. You will be doing your skin and your facial hair some serious damage.

Pre- and post-shaving care are super important. Shaving irritates both your skin and your hair. You need to take a few steps to make sure you don’t cause long-lasting damage.

Shaving doesn’t start or end with a razor – don’t forget pre- and post-shaving care

before you allow that razor anywhere near your face. Have you prepared your skin? Even if you’re only partially shaving around your facial hair, you still need to take precautions.

Pre-shaving prep

Making sure that you cleanse the skin is your first step. Use warm water and a cleansing fluid to get rid of any hidden grime. This process will also help to soften the skin, allowing for a smoother shave.

@KiehlsUKI says:

‘The key to a smooth, close shave is to soften the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide over the skin and cut the hair.’

You should then spend some time exfoliating the skin. This gets rid of any tiny particles of loose or dead skin. These may not be visible to the naked eye - but their presence will mean you don’t get the closest shave.

Then, apply a warm, wet towel to your face and leave for a few minutes. This will open up the pores and soften the skin even more, also allowing for a closer shave.

Next, you can apply the shaving cream. Good shaving cream will moisturise the skin as well as acting to protect the skin from the sharp edge of the razor. Time to shave. Only after you’ve done all this pre-shaving prep can you grab that razor. You need a decent razor. Avoid one of those cheap ones that’ll cut your skin to shreds.

When you’re shaving, make sure that you shave in the direction that the hair grows. This will help prevent irritation and shaving rash.

Post-shaving care

So, you’ve finished shaving. But that doesn’t mean that you can just have a quick rinse and run. You need to take some time for some post-shaving care.

Rinse your skin thoroughly to close up your pores.

Moisturise. This is such an important step, yet it’s one that many men skip! Men often have coarser, drier skin than women. Using a good-quality moisturiser after shaving will soothe the skin and help prevent skin irritation.

Apply some beard oil to areas where you’re keeping some facial hair. Beard oil will help keep the skin hydrated as well as keep your facial hair soft.

Following this simple pre- and post-shaving routine will keep your skin feeling soft, looking good, and your facial hair at its absolute best. Do you have any top tips for pre- and post-shaving care?

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