How to shave your face: A beginners guide
Shaving your face for the first time can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, but don’t worry, with the right tools and techniques, it can be a breeze! Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to shave your face, including tips, tricks and additional reading to help you get a close and comfortable shave.
Prepare your skin:
Start by washing your face with warm water to soften the hair and open up the pores. This will make it easier to shave and help reduce the risk of irritation and nicks. Have a read of our blog on shaving rash before you start as there are great tips on there .
Choose your razor:
This can be a bit of a minefield! There are many different types of razors to choose from, including disposable razors, safety razors, and electric razors. When you’re just starting out, we recommend using a good quality cartridge razor as they are easy to use and dispose of, and less likely to cause cuts or nicks. Check out our buyers guide on how to choose a razor.
Apply shaving medium:
Applying a shaving cream, gel or foam will help to lubricate the skin, making it easier to shave and reducing the risk of irritation. Choose a product that’s gentle and non-alcoholic to avoid drying out your skin. There are so many options available on the market today, choosing the right one for you can be a bit daunting. To help we’ve put together a great blog discussing the merits of Cream, Gels and Foams, so you know what the benefits of each option is and how they can effect your skin.
Shaving Your Face
Shave with the grain:
This means shaving in the direction of the hair growth. This will help to reduce the risk of irritation and prevent razor burn. For the majority of people this will mean moving that razor down your face. i.e. from the cheek bone down towards the jawline. Remember your stubble growth will change direction on various parts of your face so be prepared to change direction of shaving – this will become easier as you get to know the stubble on your face.
Use short, gentle strokes:
Rather than dragging the razor all over your skin, as most of the footballers do in the adverts!!, Use short, gentle strokes. This will help to reduce the risk of nicks and cuts. This next point is so important, don’t press too hard, let the blade do the work. Don’t worry if you miss a bit and don’t be tempted to go over and over the same place repeatedly – we will cover tidying up later!
Rinse your blade regularly with warm water to wash away any shaving cream or hair, blades can become clogged this really reduces their effectiveness. Not all creams, gels and foams are created equally and many can clog blades and be a pain to rinse off especially if you are in a hurry. (That is one great selling points for Pure Shave Shaving cream – it rinses off the blade so easily and does not clog the blade.) Try Pure Shave Shaving Cream.
Be mindful of sensitive areas:
Pay extra attention to sensitive areas of your face like the neck and under the jawline. Use a gentle touch and take your time. The neck area is a place where the direction of growth goes a bit haywire!! Try experimenting with shaving in different directions until you get to know your face. Again, let the blade do the work, don’t press to hard.
Once you have shaved everywhere, wet your hand and rub your hand over your face to check for bits of stubble you have missed. If you are using Pure Shave Shaving Cream there will be enough residual product on your face to allow you to go over the bits you have missed – if not using Pure Shave you may have to reapply some shaving product to allow you to tidy up the bits you missed. Want to try Pure Shave Sample today?
After You Shave
After shaving, wash your face with really warm, clean water to make sure you rinse away all the product from your skin. When you are happy your skin is free of cream, foam, or gel, switch the water to cold and rinse thoroughly to close the pores and reduce irritation. Pat your skin dry with a towel – don’t be too rough!
Apply a moisturiser to soothe and hydrate your skin. This will help to prevent dryness and redness. At Pure Shave we have found that this works best once your skin has dried and come down to a natural temperature. Basically avoid putting it on directly after you shave to avoid excess sweating!!!
Avoid using aftershave:
Aftershaves often contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin and cause irritation. If you want to use one try to avoid putting directly onto skin that has just been shaved (Home Alone springs to mind!) – Wait for as long as you can before applying to allow your skin time to adjust to having just been shaved.
And that’s it! With these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to a successful first shave. But if you’re looking for an extra special treat, we highly recommend trying Pure Shave London products. These premium shaving products are designed to deliver a close and comfortable shave, while also nourishing and protecting your skin. (They are refillable as well so its a win win!)
So why not treat yourself and give Pure Shave a try today!
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