Most men know of it! After you have spent a long time shaving – red bumps appear. Barber David Posin from Aarhus gives you here his best advice and the ultimate guide to a smooth and problem-free shave.
We all know of it: the red bumps and the skin irritation you get after shaving. They occur because your skin is not designed to have a sharp razor blade run over it periodically.
In order to avoid irritation and having your shave be as smooth and problem-free as possible, it is important that you have a handle on the 3 steps that constitute a shave:
The actual shave
I will now guide you through these 3 steps that ensure you the ultimate shave:
As with most things in life, the preparation is the alpha and omega of success.
The 3 elements in the preparation are all crucial for an optimal shave that leaves you free of irritation afterwards.
A good preparation requires:
– A sharp razor blade
– A good Shave Gel
– Hot water
Make sure you have a sharp razor blade ready. It does not necessarily have to be brand new each time, but make sure it is sharp and that the blade is not uneven.
If you have an old rusty razor blade in the cupboard throw it out and buy a new one.
The choice of blade is a matter of preference and your wallet because the blades are available in all price ranges.
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A good shave gel/shaving cream is essential for a good shave.
I recommend that you use a Shave Gel instead of the typical and ordinary shaving cream.
A good shave gel softens the hair and lubricates the skin, so the blade easily glides over it, as well as soothes the skin to prevent redness and irritation.
The Shave Gel has the following advantages:
– Transparent – This make it easier to shave in straight lines
– Easy dosing – Compared to a shaving cream, were it is hard not to press out too much cream
– Better allocation capability – A shave gel is much easier to manage and distribute in the stubble
– Do not contain aerosol gas – Which is found in ordinary shaving cream bottles
The last step of preparation is lukewarm/hot water.
It may sound simple, but it is crucial for shaving. It is preferable that the skin is warm in order to soften the beard and open the pores so the shaving becomes as close as possible.
It is, therefore, a good choice to shave right after the shower in the morning.
If you are well prepared, the actual shave is actually relatively problem-free.
- Make sure your face is well moisturized and warm, so the hair is soft and ready for the shave.
- Put an appropriate amount of shave gel on the area to be shaved.
- Shave with the grain. If your blade is sharp, the shave will be completely close. Use direct, light and small strokes and rinse the blade after approximately 4-5 cm. – depending on how thick your beard is.
Most men like to keep the stubble as this gives a masculine look. If you want stubble without looking unkempt you can remove the hair from your neck and trim your beard.
SIGR Shave Gel allows for full control while shaving due to the transparent formula, so you can shave in straight lines.
When you have finished shaving, your skin is very exposed. Partly because it has been warm for a while, and the pores are open, and partly because you have drawn a sharp razor blade across it.
The aftercare is, therefore, extremely important in order to prevent redness and irritation.
I recommend that you, after you have finished shaving, wash your face lightly with cool water to close the pores as well as wash off any remnants of hair and gel.
If you want to give your skin the best care afterwards, I will recommend that you use a good Face Balm. A good face balm fights redness and irritation, puts a protective layer over the skin to prevent dirt, and adds plenty of moisture.
SIGR Shave Kit contains a number of active natural ingredients that are added to soothe and fight redness and irritation after shaving, as well as add moisture to the skin!