Tips For A Smooth, Safe, And Perfect Shave

Tips For A Smooth, Safe, And Perfect Shave

Nobody likes to start the day with irritated or rough facial skin after shaving. To help you avoid this, it is advisable to use special products that previously prepare the beard, others that facilitate shaving, and, finally, those that allow refreshing and sanitizing of the skin when finished.

So that you know the differences between one and the other, here explained the most important ones and in which phase their application is recommended, as well as other care for a perfect shave, whether you are with a blade or a razor.

Effect of shaving on the skin

Sometimes, the fact of shaving the almost 250 centimeters of skin that the beard occupies can be a real nuisance. And more so considering that, as it grows two millimeters a day, some men do it every morning to look formal at work, or simply because they like shaved skin and no beard.

In addition, it must be taken into account that shaving itself causes a series of effects:

  • It injures the skin continuously and daily.
  • It removes cells from the outer layer of the epidermis. This mechanical attack causes the cells of the outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, to be forcibly removed before they can flake off spontaneously and physiologically.
  • Small scratches, due to the scratching of the blade itself.
  • Faced with this, the best answer is to opt for suitable products to shave the beard.

Before shaving: prepare the beard

This step is vital to ensure a good shave, whether wet or dry. The preparation of the area is essential, because the more treated the beard is before being shaved by the blade, the easier it will be for the blade to slide.

Depending on whether you belong to the group of men who shave using the classic wet method of the blade or, on the contrary, opt for the fast and dry shave of the electric razor, the products, and the preparation are varied.

Classic wet shave

Although there are models of electric razors that perform this type of shave, the classic method for excellence is the one that is done with the blade, lathering the face, shaving with the blade, washing and moisturising the area.

In this type of shaving, products including soap, synthetic detergent, and lubricant are used to prepare the skin. Specifically, it is about keeping the beard moist and soft, thus facilitating the movement of the blade through the hair, which will also prevent skin allergy.

The softening of the beard is achieved by the absorption of water, of which the hair shaft is capable of absorbing up to 30% of its weight. With proper hydration of the hair, it takes 65% less force to cut it.

The trick for your shave

The absorption of water by the hair is more accentuated when the temperature increases, so you should follow these steps to achieve the best hydration:

  • First, use soap and hot water to wash your face, and then apply shaving cream.
  • You should shower first, and then shave.

Dry and electric shave

An electric razor is probably the fastest way to shave your beard, as you don’t need mirrors or elaborate preparation. However, this cannot serve as an excuse to neglect the skin, and also in dry shaving, it is important to apply certain products that improve the result:

  • Lotions with alcohol and lipids, or fats. If you use specific products for electric shaving with these characteristics, you will reduce the risk of ending up with irritated skin.
  • Aqueous emulsions. These products help soften the beard, increasing its water content, and also make it easier for the razor to glide across the skin.

Use of products during beard shaving

Beard care has become essential today, and this has led to a great diversity of shaving products. 

The most popular ones, due to their easy application and safety are:

  • Foam. Its application ensures that the skin is smooth and that the blade advances easily. Likewise, the most innovative foams contain less aggressive substances for the skin and even provide additional beneficial effects. 
  • Soap cream with or without a brush. Those that are applied by brush are emulsions of a very soapy type with 40-50% fatty acids. In contrast, brushless shaving creams outperform foams in lubrication, making them suitable for dry or sensitive skin. They are dispersions of alkaline soaps in glycerin and water, with a pH close to 10.

In addition to these two popular products, they are also gaining popularity:

  • Soap bars, as in the case of brushless shaving cream, are alkaline soaps, with the difference that they contain less glycerin and water.
  • Special soaps. They should not be confused with those used for the body. Beard-specific soaps are oilier, last longer, don’t dry out, and have a more absorbent lather.

After shaving

These are the two options that will help you finish the shave with a feeling of hydrated skin and a pleasant smell.

  • Hydroalcoholic tonic with perfume. This type of product is usually the most used by men with seborrheic skin because it contains alcohol that works as an antiseptic. At the same time, it softens the skin and provides a sensation of freshness balms. These are emulsions of oil with water that, due to their restorative action, are especially beneficial for men whose skin suffers much more, that is, it appears more altered, after shaving. 
  • Balms are more complex and contain moisturising molecules of phospholipids, plant ceramides, substances similar to the skin’s natural moisturising factor, and, additionally, anti-inflammatory substances, such as bisabolol. Additionally, an anti-aging effect with vitamin E and mild sun protection is incorporated into these products.

In short, beard care and the use of shaving products allow for a better appearance of the skin, as well as preventing bacterial infections from originating in it.

Ways to avoid irritation after shaving

Men can experience skin irritation after shaving, it is common for redness, dryness, or even itching to appear on the skin, moments after shaving. 

To avoid inconvenience, take into account the following recommendations:

  • Do it after you take the bath: A hot bath reduces the risk of irritated skin, as it prepares and moisturises it for shaving.
  • Use beard oil: Use specific shaving products like beard care oil to moisturise your skin.
  • Shave in the direction of the hair growth: Although shaving against the root of the hair is best, it is preferable to shave downwards to avoid irritation.
  • Renew your razors: Whenever you go to shave, make sure the razor is sharp enough not to hurt your skin.
  • Shave gently: Take your time to shave gently and rinse the blade often while you shave and wash it well once you’re done.

Extra tips

If skin redness is imminent, you can reduce this discomfort naturally with these two options:

  • Aloe vera:  Extract the content or gel from an aloe vera and apply directly to the irritated skin area.
  • Cucumber:  Wash and slice one large or two small cucumbers. Place several slices on the irritated area.