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The average man’s beard about grows two millimeters every day. Granted, you’re far better than average. Even so, you’ll probably shave about 20,000 times in your lifetime. Doesn’t it make sense to know what you’re doing?
There’s more to shaving than meets the beard. Our pure, high-performance shave products will help transform what was once a tedious, daily chore into a sublime, skin-enriching ritual. But there are other factors that can make or break a great shave. Whether you're routinely beset by the casualties of the blade or simply long for a sublime grooming experience, revere the beard and revel in the results.
The following tips will enhance your shaving experience…
The four most common shaving problems are razor burn, nicks, ingrown hairs, and razor bumps. All can be avoided, if not eliminated, by using high-performance shave products and tweaking your technique. Here’s what causes them…
Prepping helps minimize and often eliminate the most common shaving hazards. On the other hand (the hand not holding the razor), lack of preparation can lead to several skin problems including premature aging. That’s because shaving exposes your skin to extreme irritation by scraping away too many surface cells, what’s known as over-exfoliating.
Exfoliation can compromise your skin’s acid mantle, the natural layer of oil and water that retains moisture and provides environmental protection. An imbalance can lead to inflamed, dehydrated and sensitized skin, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. That’s why it’s important to use shave products that protect, soothe, and balance skin.
Follow these simple prep steps for a better shave…
Shaving in the shower or afterwards—never before—helps soften your beard, reducing blade resistance so the razor can glide easier and shave closer. (Our jars and bottles are made from durable plastic so you can use them safely in the shower.) For best results, make shaving the last part of your showering ritual.
Always use a sharp razor blade. Dull blades will cause razor burn due to the extra pressure and strokes you use to compensate. If you shave every day, change your blade once a week—if not sooner. To minimize abrasion, we recommend a single blade. If you prep properfully and use pure, high-performance products, one blade's all you need.
There’s a little rebel in all of us, but don’t let it interfere with your shaving technique. Shave primarily in the direction of hair growth. If you have a heavy beard, you may want to shave against the grain as well, but keep it to a minimum to avoid razor burn, ingrown hairs, and razor bumps.
Pulling your skin tight, shave in long, even strokes. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the blade. Use pure, high-performance shave products and they’ll do most of the work for you. Save the toughest part of your beard (usually the neck) for last. This allows the shave cream to continue softening the more challenging areas. Avoid shaving over irritated or overly sensitive skin. Rinse the blade often.
Shaving isn’t brain surgery, but it helps to clear your mind and focus. After all, you’re pressing a sharp blade against your face. All it takes is one fleeting thought about a bad stock purchase to send your razor on a lethal slalom from cheek to chin. Unless you want Van Gogh as a nickname, be careful and pay attention. Don’t rush the experience—it’s quality face time.
While you should never exfoliate just before or after shaving, it’s important to use a face scrub regularly to keep skin pores unclogged and strip away dead skin cells that can impede razor flow. Exfoliating also discourages razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Best of all, it reveals a fresh new layer of skin. If you shave in the morning, use a face scrub every other day as part of your evening skincare regimen. This will ensure ample time between exfoliation and your next shave.*
Never put cologne on a freshly shaved face. Your skin may react negatively to the synthetic ingredients many contain. Instead, use a pure, natural after shave balm or lotion to soothe and condition skin. If you want to use cologne, spray it on your shoulders and away from your face.
*Exfoliation may aggravate severe acne or certain chronic skin conditions. In that case, stick to gentle cleansing, and consult a dermatologist if problems persist.