Tips and Tricks to Shaving Properly
1. Wash Your Face!
Seriously, “it’s okay to shave dry” is a total myth that can do much worse than just dry out your skin more. It’s not about getting cuts, it’s about possible infection and just plain poor hygiene. Dust and sweat sticks to skin and builds up over time, you need your skin as clean as you can get it before shaving to prevent cuts, scrapes, and infection.
2. Run Hot Water Over The Razor
The same way that you need to clean your face, you definitely need to sterilize your razor. Run the blade under hot water to kill any germs, dirt, or bacteria that may be lurking. No matter how many years you’ve been shaving, the accidental knick of the skin is totally possible, so make sure you’re using clean tools.
3. Use a Shaving Cream…or Something.
Using a moisturizing product on the skin makes all the difference when shaving. Shaving dry actually leaves you more prone to scrapes and peels the skin. Whether it’s oil, cream, or shave soap any product helps the blade to glide easily over the skin.
4. Shave WITH The Grain
Shaving against the grain does not guarantee you a close shave- it guarantees ingrown hairs. Shaving against the natural grain of your hair can actually irritate the skin and cause red bumps. Going with the grain allows an incredible close cut with a lowered risk of damaging skin.
5. Use Aftershave
It’s not just for smell, aftershaves and toners help to remove whatever dirt, hair or product may be lingering on skin, it sterilizes once more, and closes pores to prevent red bumps, ingrown hairs, and irritation.
After a shave your skin has been through a lot and will need a little help relaxing. Using a natural topical moisturizer is a great way to soothe the skin and keep it looking soft and healthy. Or if you want to go the extra mile, moisturize from the inside out and try Skin Care by Simo Juice, it's got all the nutrients your skin needs.