Common Shaving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

So you've been shaving for most of your life now. Its a rite of passage into manhood, and you've learned to do it even with your eyes closed. But still, there is much more to shaving than gliding a blade on your cheeks. A bad shave can leave your skin irradiated and make your skin look older. Just because you do it every morning, doesn't mean you can neglect it. on the contrary, Find out what you're doing wrong, and maybe you will find the joy in smooth shaving.

1. Never shave when you're in a hurry. Always use hot water to prepare your skin, this will soften your stubble, relax your face muscles and open your facial pores. The best time to shave is just after a hot bath. Don't dry your face just yet, the water will make applying the shaving foam more easy, and it will keep your skin clean.

2. Use plenty of good grade shaving foam. Don't go for the cheapest you can get, thats your face we're talking about. always use more than you think you will need, if you want to save a few bucks, check our guide to extend the life of your blade.

3. There is nothing worse than a dull blade, yes I'm talking about the blade that you have used for the last 3 months. again, if you value you're health, and you care about the way your skin look, throw that blade out of the window, let it harm someone else.

4. While shaving, rinse your blade after every glide. this way your blade wont get clogged with shaved hair. make smooth long gliding strokes, never force the way of your blade. If you prefer your shave to be "super-close" just shave it twice, no need to cut yourself while trying to look good

Apply post-shave gel
Leave the old-fashioned aftershaves in the bargain bin and refrain from applying cologne directly to your freshly shaved face. Some of the older shaving products your grandfather used contain alcohol, which is great as a disinfectant, but will leave your face noticeably red. And you can’t forget the painful sting. Perhaps it was a daily affirmation of manhood to brace yourself against the sink and wait for the pain to subside, but science has come to the rescue: Today, post-shave gels do not sting because they are designed to soothe and moisturize your skin.
soothe the burn
Begin your new shaving regimen by purchasing a new line of quality products. Above all, allow the post-shave gel to do its work and trust the razor as it glides across your face. Your grandfather will be proud, and you’ll make razor burn a thing of the past.

5. Just when you finish the last tricky part of your chin, rinse your face with clean cold water. This will calm your face, close the pores and prepare your skin for the post-shave or as they call it in Europe: after-shave. Never use alcohol based products such as cologne or cheap skin care lines, those will dry your skin and make it look older. Todays companies produce a plenty of products that are meant to moisturize and replenish your skin.

Follow all those rules, and always remember, if you're not pleased with your shave, maybe its time to move to a better option, why not check our "How to shave with a straight razor" guide.