Going to shave the beard for first time? But do you know how to shave? If not, then you must read this article. Most of the peoples go into salon for this purpose but every time they think “I wish I could give myself a shave like this at home.” They only think this because they haven’t tried shaving their beard on their own or they do not know How to shave the beard perfectly.
Proper wet shaving techniques, quality products and post-shaving skin care can help you look and feel your best and help avoid razor burn, razor bumps and irritation. A good prep cleanses the skin, opens the pores, and softens the skin. To prepare the skin for a smooth shave, always shave after or at the end of hot shower. Hot shower soften your beard and open pores which will help you to shave your beard perfectly.
HOW TO SHAVE THE BEARD
1. Trim your hairs with scissors or clippers
If you have a long beard, first you should cut your beard with scissors before shaving your beard. Electric clippers are best for this purpose.
2. Wash your beard with a facial wash
Whenever you want to shave your beard, always wash your beard with Luke warm water (water which not too hot or too cold) in Hindi “Gunguna Paani”. Warm Water will help to soften your beard and lift up the hairs, as well as open your pores.
3. Prepare your Shaving Kit
Always prepare your shaving kit before washing your beard. Immediately start shaving your beard when it is wet. Your Shaving Kit should include
- High Quality Razor (for best shaves)
- High Quality Shaving Cream
- Best Quality Trimmer
- After Shave Lotion
- Shaving Brush
4. Apply Shaving Cream
Always use high quality shaving cream. Look for shaving cream that contain glycerin and do not buy which contain menthol as it will close your pores and stiffen your beard. Those who have tough beard or sensitive skin, apply a Pre Shave Oil should be applied to further soften the beard and reduce razor drag. Apply the shaving cream using the brush in a circular motion ending in an upward stroke to help lift the beard up and away from the face.
5. Pick High Quality Razor
Start shaving your beard with a high quality razor. You should start shaving your beard from one side of your face. Use short, light, downward strokes (with the grain), keeping the flat of the blade almost parallel with the face, to remove the bulk of the hair. With other hand, pull your skin tight. Rinse your blade often to keep it from clogging. Continue until you have shaved your entire face in a downward direction.
WITH THE GRAIN– It means you should move your blade in the direction in which your hairs grow. For example if hairs on your cheeks grows downward, then you should move razor downward.
I.C TIP– Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth. Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.
6. Rinse your Face
After shaving your beard, again rinse your face with warm water. Now look for the places which you have missed by running your fingers over the face. Look for missed patches near sideburns, around your mouth and close to your nostrils. Pay special attention to hairs on your neck and jaw line, which generally do not grow straight up or down, but in many different directions that simple up and down motions can miss.
7. Rinse face with cool water and apply aftershave lotion or balm
After shaving, always close the pores with a rinse of cool water. Gently pat the face dry with a soft cloth and apply a good aftershave balm. Don’t use products that contain alcohol, as they can cause unnecessary drying of the skin. The right aftershave balm will help promote quicker healing and moisturize the skin.
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SHAVING TIPS FOR MEN
- Make Sure Your Beard is thoroughly wet.
- Use a Quality Shaving Cream.
- Use a Quality Razor and Change the Blades.
- Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving.
- Rinse with the coolest water that is comfortable and pat dry with a clean towel. Don’t rub, just pat.
- Finish off with an After Shave Lotion or Balm.
By following these instructions on How to shave the beard perfectly, it will help you achieve optimum skin health, avoid shaving problems and help you look and feel your best. There’s no magic secret to getting a great shave. Just follow the steps above every morning and put your best face forward. I have written all steps here after experimenting them because yesterday I shaved my beard for first time and idea of writing this article “How to shave the beard perfectly” came into my mind. If you have any suggestion or any queries feel free to ask me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or commenting below.