As shaving is that activity everyone literally cannot escape doing, chances are that you have been shaving for so many years now. However, the saying “Practice makes perfect” does not exactly ring true with shaving. You could have been shaving for as long as 20 years and yet, you still don’t do it right. From the constant cuts to the nicks, you don’t have to look too far to notice the signs that you’ve not been doing shaving right. All thanks to the many shaving mistakes that you have been making over the years. From the ones that you most definitely have made to those that you’re likely to make, check out this list of shaving mistakes and how to avoid them.
• Dry Shaving
On days when you have to rush out of the house but you dare not do it without shaving, what do you? You quickly whip out your razor and get shaving over with under seconds. This shouldn’t be so as it would lead to burns and rashes. That aside, you are even likely to have to deal with redness and it sure would hurt a whole lot more.
To avoid: Lubricate the area where you want to shave so as to ensure a smooth and rash free shaving. Shaving gels and creams are perfect lubricants that you can use. They would make it easy for the razor to move across your skin without having to apply excess pressure. Even if you run out of a gel or cream, you shouldn’t still attempt to dry shave. Making use of water is actually better than not using anything at all.
• Shaving in the wrong direction
Safe to say just about everybody is guilty of this one. This is barely taught in schools and the many razor ads hardly show it too. It is, however, one of the leading cause of bumps and burns. Shaving in the wrong direction makes you more likely to irritate your skin and cut yourself. It gets even worse if you already have sensitive skin.
To avoid: You have to shave in the direction in which your hair grows. This means if you are shaving your leg, you should be shaving down your legs and not up.
• Using soap to shave
On days when you run out of shaving cream or gel, it could be tempting to want to lubricate with your soap. Using soap sets you up for lots of cuts as it is not a very good lubricant to help the razor move across your skin smoothly.
To avoid: Stick to gels and creams alone or water in the worst case scenario.
• Not exfoliating before shaving
Even if you’ve been able to escape exfoliating your face regularly, you shouldn’t do so when it comes to shaving. If you already exfoliate your face, then you should extend that act to your shaving routine. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and not doing it before shaving negatively affects the shaving process as you’re more likely to get razor bumps.
To avoid: Be sure to exfoliate right before you put the razor to work. Do it once or twice a week and make it in-between shaves.
• Making use of dull razors
Not replacing your razor as soon as you notice its blades have become dull is a common mistake everyone makes. Why this is a mistake is because bluntness makes blades more habitable for bacteria. It won’t be long before infection sets in when this happens. Also, you’re more likely to get irritated, cuts, and nicks from dull blades.
To avoid this: Change your razor once you notice it is blunt. One sign of a blunt razor is that it constantly tugs at your skin. You could also keep track of the number of times you use it and then, replace it not more than after 10 uses if it’s a disposable razor.
• Rushing through the shaving process
Shaving is a very delicate procedure and so, you shouldn’t rush through it. You should put in total concentration while you’re at it. Yes, taking phone calls while shaving isn’t a good idea. You would most likely cut and irritate your skin plus you would even miss out spots that you ought to have shaved.
To avoid this: Take your time and make use of smooth, gentle strokes.
• Applying too much pressure
It is fair to assume that shaving hard would result in a cleaner shave but actually, the reverse is the case. When you apply too much pressure while shaving, you make your skin uneven and chances that you would cut yourself are high.
To avoid: First, make sure that the reason why you apply lots of pressure isn’t that you’re using a dull razor. Also, make use of very slow strokes while shaving and don’t tug at your skin too much.
• Not having a post-shave routine
Many people are guilty of this but then not everyone knows that what you do after you’re done shaving is just as important as what you did before and during the process. What shaving does apart from removing hair, of course, is that it exfoliates the skin. You normally wouldn’t exfoliate without moisturizing now, would you? Failing to moisturize after shaving causes that area to be very dry and from there, there’s redness, bumps, and so on.
To avoid: Apply moisturizer all over the shaved area while your skin is still damp as soon as you are done shaving to have a comfortable post-shave skin.
• Failing to rinse the razor mid strokes
As you’re shaving, hair gets into the blade and clogs it up. This would reduce the sharpness of the blade and make you more susceptible to all the dangers of dull razors already discussed above.
To avoid: After a few strokes, rinse the razor with water to remove the already shaved hair.
No matter how quickly your hair grows, chances that you have to shave every other day are pretty slim. That aside, you ought to keep the strokes minimal as over-shaving would leave your skin dry. Also, shaving a spot repeatedly leads to irritation.
To avoid: Shave only when it is necessary and keep the strokes minimal at a spot
Avoiding shaving mistakes is actually easier than you think. Make sure to keep the tips above in mind during your next shave and do away with all the effects of a mistake-filled shaving.
It will surprise you to know that the average man will eventually spend approximately 3,000 hours of his life shaving, while women will spend that same time waxing instead. So, what is wet shaving? You can guess at the answer just from the name, but to clear all doubts, wet shaving simply means razor shaving with a solvent; water, shaving soap, or shaving cream.
For wet shaving, it means you do not need an electrical razor. We wet shave areas like the face (duh!), armpit, down there, legs, and arms. Looking at it from the busy man’s perspective, wet shaving can seem like quite the chore, especially when you cannot afford to lose a whole 3000 hours of your life to something a mundane as that. After all, an electric razor will do the job faster.
Why Should You Wet Shave Instead?
It is very tempting to use an electric razor and get the shaving done within minutes, perhaps, we don’t have the time, or we just don’t like the hassle. But you have to realize something; wet shaving has more benefits.
First, it gives you the closest shave you can get; seeing as a razor cannot get to your ingrown hair. It gives a certain smoother and cleaner feel; like a newborn’s behind.
Secondly, the warm water, cream, or soap will open and relax the facial pores and muscles, thereby preventing discomfort from hair pulling.
Thirdly, well, it’s not rocket science, but it’s obvious that softened hair will be easier to shave than the dry one. Lubrication while shaving is definitely kinder on the skin, and it takes care of multiple after effects. Besides, wet shaving as seen by some individuals is a pleasurable activity.
Wet shaving is also cheaper than the dry one; just buy a safety razor, shaving soap or cream, and it’ll last you for a while. Unlike buying an expensive electric razor or going to the barber’s shop each time you need to trim.
Common Wet Shaving Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
Frequently, people complain about razor bumps, irritated skin, or cuts after shaving; especially for people with sensitive skin. But, one has to realize that wet shaving is not the problem; techniques and products are the culprits. These are some of the most common mistakes made while wet shaving:
Poor Preparation: Your skin will always get irritated when you’re shaving on dry skin and bristle subtle. To avoid this, exfoliate the skin with warm water till your pores are open and the stubbles have softened. Not using steam before wet shaving is a bad call.
Wrong Blades: Dull blades and poor quality razors is a recipe for disaster. Blunt blades will drag and skip, cut roughly, pull and damage the hair and skin. So, get a quality razor, and with one or two swipes, the skin will be smooth again.
Cheap Products: Using low-quality shaving foam, soap or cream can cause irritation, due to the amount of sulfate and alcohol in them. To avoid bumps or other irritations, buy a glycerin-based product.
Poor Technique: Shaving done hurriedly and haphazardly will cause rashes and ingrown hair. To avoid these, try shaving methodically with slow, straight and careful strokes. Shave in the direction of your grain and not against it to avoid hair pulling.
Wrong Aftercare: Don’t just leave your skin like that after shaving. Moisturize and rinse with cold water, pat your face with a soft towel, and hydrate your skin with lubricants.
How To Wet Shave Properly
Buy a good razor; preferably a safety double-edge razor, a shaving brush, and shaving lathers.
Soften your hair with warm water and apply pre-shave oil.
With shaving brush, apply your shaving cream all over the area. (In the absence of shaving soap)
Shave in the direction of the hair grain, i.e. North to South and don’t apply pressure.
- Rinse the razor after a few strokes to keep the hair out.
- When you’re done, rinse your face with cold water to close up your pores.
- Pat the skin with a soft towel to avoid irritation.
- Apply an after-shave or a moisturizer; avoid alcohol-based products.
- Rinse and put away the razor and brush.
It might take a bit of your time, but the result will be absolutely worth it. Forget a hasty job, unless you’re really in a hurry. Besides, a colorful shaving soap, scented shaving lather, and a nice razor will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye on a marble counter.
"How can I get the cleanest, closest shave possible?"
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.