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The Five Basic Steps to Successful Shaving

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Avoid razor burn, rash and other shaving problems with this simple and essential routine.

1.Prepare, prepare, prepare

Have a steamy shower or place a hot towel on your face to relax the skin, clear your pores, and soften your stubble for a closer, smoother cut. Shaving cold on a dry face is a recipe for razor burn and shaving rash.

2. Shaving cream

Use a quality product that creates a thick lather rather that the fluffy foam of the cheap and nasty brands, and leave the cream on for a minute or two before actually shaving. This process locks the moisture in, lubricates the face, and softens your whiskers so the razor can glide across your face for a smooth one-pass shave.

3. Sharp blade

A dull razor scratches your face and traumatises your skin, so change your blades every five to seven shaves — and take care of your razor by rinsing and drying it thoroughly, and storing it away from the corrosive effect of shower steam in the bathroom. Following the first two steps will also reduce your hair’s resistance to the razor, helping your blades last longer.

4. Shave with the grain

It’s the first thing your old man teaches you when you remove your first bit of peach fuzz as a teenager: shave in the direction of beard growth, not against it. Going against the grain might give you a closer shave but it irritates your skin and increases the risk of cuts and in-grown hairs. And don’t press too hard — a sharp blade should do the work for you.

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5. Post-shave

Cleanse your skin with a quality facial wash, rinse it off with cold water to reduce inflammation, and pat your face dry — don’t rub too hard and irritate the skin. Then apply an after-shave lotion to soothe and refresh the skin, and finish off your foolproof shaving regime.

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