Shaving is a regular affair for most men. Some prefer a clean, smooth shave while others may prefer a light stubble, or even a neatly kept beard or a goatee. In the age of the metrosexual man, shaving also has its “style” rules—you just can’t select any shaving cream from the market and use it! Every man prefers to follow his personal shaving tips.
It’s not a surprise that it is important to know about shaving tips—the variety of shaving products that are available in the market demands that men become aware of finer points like skin type and the texture of your facial hair, and their relation with choosing the correct shaving product. And why men alone, women also shave. Women have a choice though, between shaving, and waxing and threading. Some women prefer to shave their arms, under arms and legs. Both men and women have the choice of permanent hair removal (laser hair removal).
Shaving Tips for Men
The next time you decide to buy shaving products, here are a few things you need to be aware of:
Choice of shaving creams:
You can choose from shaving gels, shaving foams, shaving creams and even shaving soaps. To make things easier for the buyers, major brands like Gillette specifically label their products according to skin type. For example, if you have oily skin it’s advisable that you use a shaving gel, or shaving foam that is specifically meant for dry skin If you travel a lot, a shaving foam may be a convenient option—these come in easy to carry aerosol cans.Before your shave, always use warm water to wet your face. This will help to soften the bristles and also help to create rich lather that further softens the bristles. Use a shaving brush to work up a rich lather.
Choice of razors:
Razors are the most important components of all shaving items. A razor should be sharp, comfortable and should execute its job without causing any cuts and nicks on the face. The razor should have comfortable grip, as this is essential for a good shave. The razor should not slip from your grip while shaving. It is always advisable to use branded razors. Razors can come in three assortments:
- Single blade razors
- Twin Blade razors
- Triple blade razors.
- Electric razors.
There is a simple rule about razor blades—the more the number of blades, the closer and smoother the shave. After you finish shaving, wash your razor and dip in an anti septic solution. Wipe it with a towel. Take care not to nick or cut your fingers when you do this. Make sure to keep your razor clean and dry, when not in use. Take care to see that the blades don’t rust. If you use disposable razors—make sure that you do not use a razor for more than 15 days.
Using Electric Razors
Electric razors are yet another convenient shaving tool. People who are always on the move or do not have the luxury of time can use the electric razor. An electric razor shave does not require shaving cream or water. Powder can be applied onto areas of the face that you want to shave, and the electric razor shaves every bristle from the face. Remember to keep the blades of your electric razor clean. Clean the razor at regular intervals. Major brands like Philips and Braun have a great range of electric razors for men.
Aftershaves come in the form of lotions, liquids and even gels. The aftershave is applied once, shaving is completed. Wash your face with water, pat it dry with a soft towel, and then pat the aftershave onto your face—especially, on the freshly shaven area. Aftershave liquids also act as mild anti-septics due to their alcohol content. Those who have dry skin should ideally use an aftershave moisturizer. Aftershaves can be bought from major brands like Old Spice, Gillette, Adidas, Bvlgari, Davidoff, and Brut.
- Aftershave Lotions
- Aftershave Colognes
- Aftershave Gels
- Aftershave Moisturizers
Some men, prefer to shave their under arms. You should be careful when you do this. You can also opt for waxing.
Shaving Tips for Women
If you want to shave, make sure you buy razors that are specifically meant for women. Most major shaving brands have their own range of shaving products for women.
You will also find shaving creams and foam meant specifically for women. Before you shave make sure you wet your arms and legs with warm water, lather the shaving foam or shaving gel well. Use firm but gentle strokes of the razor to shave.
Just as men need to take care of their shaving articles, women also need to care for their razors. After you finish shaving, wash your razor and dip in an anti septic solution. Wipe it with a towel. Take care not to nick or cut your fingers when you do this. Make sure to keep your razor clean and dry, when not in use. Take care to see that the blades don’t rust. If you use disposable razors—make sure that you do not use a razor for more than 15 days.
- Use a moisturizer, after you finish shaving.
- If you want to use and epilator, you can buy products from major brands like Braun and Philips.
If you want more information on great skin care products that you can use to care for your skin, you may browse our section on Beauty Products.