The perfect shave doesn’t have to be out of reach.
Men of any age and skin type can get better results every time they shave with the right prep, techniques, and shaving products.
That’s especially true when it comes to shaving faces.
10 Quick Facts About Men’s Shaving & Grooming
To understand what really takes to get a great face shave day in and day out, it helps to know these basic facts about men’s shaving:
About 9 in 10 males shave one or more times daily.
About 3 in 4 men shave their faces daily.
About 1 in 7 men refuse to shave their face because it’s too uncomfortable for them.
The average face shave for a man takes anywhere from 100 to 600 strokes.
Shaving tends to remove as much hair as it does skin.
The outer layer of facial skin is primarily composed of dead skin cells.
Most men’s shaving accidents result from the wrong grooming products and failing to properly prepare for the shave.
Wet hair is weaker than dry hair. In fact, wet hair tends to lose about 1/3 to 1/2 of its strength, when compared to dry hair.
Some skin types are more prone to irritation and ingrown hairs with shaving.
- Untreated ingrown hairs from shaving can result in infection and other problems.
Face Shaving for Men: 8 Essential Tips for a Better Facial Shave
Getting a better shave doesn’t just mean achieving more attractive results.
It also means avoiding accidents and the potential complications of a bad shave on one of the most visible parts of your body — your face.
To help you do that, here are some simple but highly useful tips for shaving beards, mustaches, and necks.
Tip 1: Clean your face and warm up your skin.
Washing your face before you shave removes excess oils, dirt, and dead skin cells while softening facial hair and opening up your pores.
All of that can make it much easier for the razor to get a close cut without any interference.
Pro Tip: Shave right after a shower or apply a warm, wet towel to your face before shaving for the same effect.
Tip 2: Check your razor.
Dull, dirty razor blades snag, cause friction, and degrade the shaving experience.
So, check your razor before using it and keep replacement razor blades or razors on hand, so you have a fresh option ready whenever you need it. You want to use a clean, sharp blade every time.
Pro Tip: Replace razors (blade cartridges or disposables) after every ~5 or so shaves.
Tip 3: Prep and apply your lather.
Whether you’re shaving with cream, gel, or foam, get your lather ready, ideally by swirling it in a shaving bowl for about 30 seconds to a minute.
Good lather is a strong foundation for a smoother, easier shave, so don’t skip this short prep step, even if you’re in a hurry.
Pro Tip: Add about a teaspoon of water to the shaving bowl before swirling it, and give the mixture roughly 60 swirls to work the lather before applying it to your face. Also, try to let the lather sit on your face for a couple of minutes. That can soften your facial hair and facilitate the shave.
Tip 4: Shave in the direction your hair grows.
Shave with the grain (the direction of hair growth), not against it. If you shave against the grain, you’re increasing the risks of irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs.
Also, keep in mind that facial hair doesn’t all grow in the same direction. You will likely have to change the angle of your razor as you move across different areas of your face and/or neck.
Pro Tip: Pick a starting point on your face, shaving with the grain in one long stroke, and work your way out from there to shave the rest of your face.
Tip 5: Rinse your blade after every stroke.
Clean off the lather and trimmings that accumulate on your razor after each stroke on your face. You want to be using a clean blade for each stroke to get the best cut and closest shave with every pass of the razor.
Pro Tip: Use a warm or hot water rinse, so it’s easier to clean the blade while shaving. Don’t use detergents or soaps that can irritate the skin.
Tip 6: Don’t apply too much pressure.
You don’t need to press the razor down hard against your face while shaving. Putting too much pressure on the razor can lead to nicks and cuts.
Remember, razors should glide over your face without a lot of effort if you’re using the right technique and quality grooming products.
Pro Tip: Never skip the prep work for shaving. If you’re doing that little bit of prep work before shaving your face, it’s going to be a lot easier to get a great shave without having to strongarm your razor and fight through it.
Tip 7: Rinse and apply aftershave when done.
After shaving, rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove any residual lather and residue. Then, rinse with cold water to close your pores and apply aftershave.
Pro Tip: Put aftershave on damp (not dry) skin, gently massaging it into the skin and leaving it on for the skin to soak up. Don’t wipe aftershave off. Try cooling CBD aftershave for the ultimate care after shaving.
Tip 8: Store your razor properly.
Put your razor away after every shave, storing it upright in a cool, dry place in between each shave. That will let it air dry while keeping it clean and ready for the next use.
Pro Tip: Don’t wipe your razor blades with a towel to try to clean them off. Towels can damage blades. Instead, rinse off debris, and let razors air dry.
Why Quality Men’s Shaving Products Are Key to the BEST Shaves
Technique is just one part of getting a perfect face shave day after day. High-quality men’s shaving products are the other crucial component.
In fact, no matter how often you shave your face — or any other area of your body — the right grooming products can make ALL the difference in your routine and results.
From safety razors and razor blades to shaving bowls, beard combs, lathering brushes, cooling CBD aftershave, men’s shaving kits, and more, TONSOR has everything you need to get the BEST shave every time, regardless of your skin type and your experience with men’s grooming.
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That’s why TONSOR is a trusted brand among the nation’s top barbershops and men’s grooming professionals, as well as a popular go-to gift item for holidays, birthdays, and any occasion.
It's also why you can count on TONSOR’s shaving products to deliver an amazing shaving experience and more attractive results every time.
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