At RazorsDirect.com, we get asked that question a lot. And since most people love a good top ten list, here are our Top 10 Tips to help you with your daily shaving routine.
#1 - There is no right or wrong way to shave. Some products like shaving creams, gels, aftershaves or even a specific type of razor blade may work well for one person, but not for another. Find a method that works for you and your face (or legs for the women) and stick with it.
#2 - Shower or bathe before you shave. This will remove dirt and oils from your skin and soften your hairs at the same time. If you don't have time for a shower, apply plenty of warm water several minutes prior to shaving.
#3 - Apply a shaving cream or gel. The preference is up to the individual, but you should put something on your skin prior to shaving. The cream or gel will act as a lubricant, allowing the blade to glide more easily over your skin. This will result in a smoother shave. The cream or gel will also moisturize your skin, reducing the risk of razor burn.
#4 - Wait two minutes for the shaving cream to soften the hairs. Tick tock, tick tock. . .
#5 - Use a sharp razor blade. Although there is no set time when you should replace your razor blade, a general rule of thumb is to replace the blade when it no longer glides easily across your skin. Using a dull blade may cause nicks or cuts and will not provide the close shave you desire.
#6 - For men, shave your cheeks, neck and sideburns first. This will allow extra time for the water and shave cream to soften the toughest hairs on your face around your lips and chin.
#7 - Don't press too hard. Shave gently in a smooth, gliding motion. At first, shave with the grain of your hairs. Then, wet the area again and shave lightly against the grain. Gillette's Mach3 Turbo razor is excellent for shaving against the grain.
#8 - Rinse your razor often. This will reduce the build-up of hairs and shaving cream on your razor.
#9 - Rinse your skin with cold water. Cool your skin and remove the excess shaving cream.
#10 - Apply an after shave product to soothe your skin. There are many different products on the market, so choose the one that works best for you.