shaving a guide to getting a smooth shave

Shaving: A Guide to Getting A Smooth Shave

Shaving: A Guide to Getting a Smooth Shave

Shaving is an essential part of personal grooming for both men and women. While some people prefer a clean-shaven look, others may choose to maintain a beard or stubble. Whatever your preference may be, the process of shaving can be quite intimidating, especially if you’re new to it. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of shaving and help you achieve a smooth, irritation-free shave.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Why Shave?
  • Types of Razors
  • Shaving Preparations
  • Shaving Techniques
  • After-Shave Care
  • Common Shaving Mistakes
  • Tips for Shaving Sensitive Skin
  • Shaving and Skin Health
  • Beard Grooming Tips
  • Electric Shavers vs Manual Razors
  • Shaving Myths Debunked
  • Environmental Impact of Shaving
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs


Shaving is the process of removing hair from the face, legs, or other parts of the body using a razor or other cutting tool. While the practice of shaving dates back to ancient times, it has evolved significantly over the years with the introduction of new technologies and products.

Additional Blog: The Origins of Shaving 

Why Shave?

There are many reasons why people choose to shave. For some, it’s a personal preference, while for others, it’s a societal or cultural expectation. Shaving can also be necessary for certain professions or activities, such as sports or military service.

Types of Razors

There are two main types of razors: electric shavers and manual razors. Electric shavers are powered by electricity and are generally easier to use but may not provide as close a shave as manual razors. Manual razors, on the other hand, require more skill and practice to use but can provide a closer, smoother shave. If you would like more information we have a more in-depth blog post on choosing the right razor for you in the informative Buyers Guide 

Shaving Preparations

Before you start shaving, it’s important to prepare your skin and hair to reduce the risk of irritation or injury. This includes washing your skin with warm water to open up the pores, using a pre-shave cream or lotion to soften the hair, and applying a shaving cream or gel to lubricate the skin.

Shaving Techniques

There are several techniques you can use when shaving, depending on your preference and the type of razor you’re using. Some common techniques include shaving with the grain of the hair, shaving against the grain, and using a circular motion. It’s important to use light pressure and avoid going over the same area too many times to prevent irritation and cuts.

New to shaving? This Beginners Guide to Shaving is packed full of useful information, tips and tricks for a great smooth shave. Or, for a more advanced look at shaving techniques check out our How to do a Hot Towel Shave at home  

After-Shave Care

After you’ve finished shaving, it’s important to take care of your skin to reduce the risk of irritation and promote healing. This includes rinsing your skin with warm water to start with and then follow up with cool water, applying a moisturiser or balm to soothe the skin, and avoiding tight clothing or activities that may irritate the skin.

Common Shaving Mistakes

There are several common mistakes that people make when shaving, which can lead to irritation and injury. These include using a dull razor, using too much pressure, going over the same area too many times, and shaving too quickly or aggressively.

Tips for Shaving Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, shaving can be a challenging experience. To reduce the risk of irritation, it’s important to use a sharp razor, use a pre shave cream or balm to really help soften the stubble and use a good quality shave cream like Pure Shave Shaving Cream. Avoid using hot water, and apply a moisturiser or lotion after shaving.

Shaving and Skin Health

Shaving can have both positive and negative effects on the health of your skin. While it can help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, it can also cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. To maintain healthy skin while shaving, it’s important to use the right techniques and products for your skin type and to take proper care of your skin before and after shaving.

Beard Grooming Tips

Maintaining a beard or stubble requires just as much attention as shaving. It’s important to trim your facial hair regularly to keep it looking neat and clean. You can use a beard trimmer or scissors to trim your beard or mustache, and use beard oil or balm to keep it soft and hydrated.

Electric Shavers vs Manual Razors

Choosing between electric shavers and manual razors depends on personal preference and lifestyle. Electric shavers are more convenient and quicker to use, but may not provide as close a shave as manual razors, in some cases they can dry your skin out so beware if you have sensitive skin. Manual razors require more skill and practice to use but can provide a closer, smoother shave.

Shaving Myths Debunked

There are many myths surrounding shaving, such as shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker or that shaving can cause wrinkles. These are all false. Shaving does not affect the growth rate or thickness of hair, and it does not cause wrinkles.

Environmental Impact of Shaving

Shaving can have an environmental impact, as the use of disposable razors and packaging can contribute to waste. However, there are eco-friendly alternatives available, such as safety razors and reusable blades.

Did you know?

All of the Pure Shave range is refillable and uses sustainable packaging. 


Shaving is a personal choice, and it’s important to find the right techniques and products for your skin type to achieve a smooth and irritation-free shave. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this article, you can enjoy a comfortable and satisfying shaving experience.


How often should I replace my razor blade?

It’s recommended to replace your razor blade after five to seven uses to ensure a clean and effective shave. For further information check out our blog How Long Does A Blade Last

Is it necessary to use shaving cream or gel?

Using shaving cream or gel helps to lubricate the skin and reduce the risk of irritation and cuts, so it’s recommended.

How can I prevent razor burn?

To prevent razor burn, use a sharp razor, shave in the direction of hair growth, and avoid going over the same area too many times.

Can shaving cause ingrown hairs?

Shaving can cause ingrown hairs, but you can reduce the risk by using a sharp razor and exfoliating regularly. We have additional information in our blog piece How To Avoid Ingrown Hairs 

Is it necessary to use aftershave?

Using aftershave can help to soothe and hydrate the skin after shaving, but it’s not necessary if you prefer not to use it. However, if you have sensitive skin an aftershave can cause irritation due to the alcohol content.

Happy and safe shaving!

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