10 common shaving mistakes to avoid

10 common shaving mistakes to avoid

Mistake #1: Getting too high

Don’t cut your sideburns too short or there’s nothing left to connect your hair to your face, which usually ends up looking awkward.

The fix

Shave up to about the middle of your ear then stop.

 

Mistake #2: Not getting low enough

Skipping your neck is a sure-fire way to make your shave look less sharp.

The fix

It’s simple, really. Don’t skip your neck! If you’re particularly hairy, keep going down to the collarbone to avoid awkward tufts of hair popping out of your shirt.

 

Mistake #3: No lube

A smooth shave starts with moisturized skin.

The fix

Things are always more fun when you’re lubed up and ready to go! Treat yo’self to a good quality beard oil. Let it sit on your beard for a few minutes before you start shaving.

 

Mistake #4: Cold water prep

Cold water shrinks pores, so shaving cream won’t get into your face properly for a really nice shave.

The fix

Soften stubble and open pores with warm water for an easier cut.

 

Mistake #5: Going against the grain

Shaving in the wrong direction is one of the things that cause irritation, ingrown hairs and razor burn.

The fix

Find the direction of your hair growth by running a hand over the hair in different directions. Whatever direction you feel the least prickliness with is the direction you want to be shaving.

 

Mistake #6: Hulking it

Applying too much pressure creates dimples where the blade hits your skin resulting in an uneven shave.

The fix

Less is more – use a light touch.

 

Mistake #7: Going back for seconds

Missing a spot is amateur hour.

Lather, shave, rinse, then do a secondary shave to make sure you got every last detail of your face. Focus on the curvatures especially: under the nose, chin and around your mouth.

 

Mistake #8: Canned shaving cream

You know how whipped cream from a can isn’t as good as the real deal? It’s the same for shaving cream. Sure, the canned stuff is cheap, but it’s not made to be gentle and moisturizing.

The fix

Look for shaving creams with essential oils and ingredients that will moisturize and nourish the skin. Ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E, coconut oil, shea butter are always great for your skin.

 

Mistake #9: Alcoholic aftershave

 Sorry, why did you think it was a good idea to use burning alcohol on freshly shaved skin? Aftershave with alcohol just dries out the skin.

The fix

Switch to an aftershave with natural ingredients that will moisturize and protect the skin.

 

Mistake #10: Overuse

You and your razor aren’t in a long-term relationship. It’s harder to get a good shave when you’re using dull blades.

The fix

Replace your razor every 3-5 shaves depending on how thick or coarse your hair is. Washing your face with warm water then using pre-shave products on your face will help to lengthen to lifespan of your razor.

 

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