By MH Staff - Posted on 30th December 2013
Pretend you don’t know anything about shaving. Actually, you probably don’t: the techniques many men bring to the mirror are so crude that it shouldn’t be called shaving – it’s more like scraping. And when you scrape, you invite razor burn and nicked skin. Before you raise steel to stubble again, read these five rules.
Neck hair grows at a lower angle than facial hair, so it’s tricky to catch. The fix? Alternate directions, says Buck Dutton, shaving expert. Shave with the grain, re-lather, and then shave against the grain.
A shaving brush lifts your hair for a close shave, says Dutton. Buy a brush that’s soft but dense, preferably made from badger’s hair, Azeez Jacobs, MH fashion and grooming editor, recommends the Razor MD Black360 Shave Brush (R350, Groom Lounge). Use light pressure and brush in small circles.
As your blade dulls, you apply more pressure to your skin, which raises the risk of nicks. That’s why Dutton suggests changing blades every five to seven shaves. Hang your razor to drip-dry so bacteria and film don’t build up on the steel.
Shave in the shower – heat softens scruff. Brush on alcohol-free shave gel, like Pure Beginnings Shave Crème (R69, Faithful to Nature). Let it warm. Then, starting at the outside, shave in long strokes. Do your chin, neck, and lip area last.
Protect your skin with moisturiser or balm. Jacobs likes L’Oréal Men Expert Vita Lift 5 Complete Anti-Ageing Daily Moisturiser (R150, Clicks) because it contains age- fighting antioxidants.