For some of us, shaving is part of our regular, sometimes daily routine.
It’s been a part of human hygiene for centuries — hair removal is recorded as early as 100,000 years ago, when facial hair was actually considered a liability (because it could freeze and stick to skin). Our earliest ancestors are believed to have pulled their hairs out, “using seashells like tweezers.”
Luckily we have more options now, but that doesn’t make it any less of a chore — oftentimes we scramble to get ready in the mornings, so spending time on this part of our personal care isn’t always possible.
What’s more, we’re probably shaving all wrong in the first place.
But no need to fret! There are a few adjustments you can make to your shaving regimen so that you’ll get the smoothest results.
Get a better razor.
More blades don’t necessarily mean a better shave.
Multiple blades pull back the skin and cut the hair below skin level, which can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. That’s no fun!
Find a quality razor that stays sharp — you might have to splurge a bit more if you’re used to buying the cheap disposable razors, but you’ll be happier in the long run .
Soften your hair before you shave.
If you’re shaving your face, take care of that task after you shower. The hot water and steam helps to open up pores and soften your hair, which is much easier to work with than hair that’s dry and scratchy.
You can use conditioner to help soften the hair more, which can help if you’re cleaning up a beard. LEAP’s Shave Oil for Men will also help to soften your hair and skin while you shave.
Exfoliation is your friend.
We’ve said it before (in our post about men’s skin care) — scrubbing away dead skin helps to clean the skin and prep for a smoother and closer shave.
Clean your razors!
Making sure you’re working with a clean, bacteria-free razor to start with will help prevent razor burn and skin irritation.
Choose a cream that moisturizes and provides a smooth surface to work with. We love Acure’s Foaming Shave Gel, with soothing ingredients like aloe and chamomile.
Make it a point to care for your skin before and during your shaving routine, and you’ll be happier with the results!