How To Give Yourself The Best Shave Ever

If you want to give yourself the best shave you’ve ever had, you’ll need more than a disposable razor, a glob of shaving cream, and 30 seconds.

By Michael Irons

Most guys would consider selling their souls if it meant they never had to shave again. Yet as tedious as shaving is, it’s just one of those things that comes with the territory of being a dude. So you may as well do it right.

You probably splash a little water on your face, slap on shaving cream, and start hacking away with a razor, right? That works okay for some guys, but many suffer irritated skin and bloody nicks. To get the best shave ever, you need to put a little more care into the process.

• Make sure you’ve got the right shaving tools:
1) A non-disposable razor. Disposable razors are cheap, cause nicks, and irritate the skin.
2) A Glycerin-based shaving gel, cream, or moisturizer.
3) A brush. This is optional, but a brush made of badger hair ($15-$20) will help the shaving cream get under your stubble better than your hands.

• Look at the contours of your face and check out how your facial hair grows. Not every man’s facial hair grows in the same direction. Also, don’t shave immediately after you wake up. Your skin will still be puffy, and this could lead to more nicks.

• Wash your face with warm water, or rub your face gently with a warm towel. This will remove dirt and oil, open your pores, soften the hair, and help reduce razor burn by creating a layer between your skin and the lather so the razor will skim your skin instead of dragging over it.

• Apply shaving gel or cream against the grain of your beard in a circular motion.

• Start with the easier areas first: the cheeks and neckline. That’ll allow more time for the shaving cream to sink into the tougher areas, like under the nose and around the jawline.

• Dip your blade into warm or hot water, and shave downward on your face and neck with the direction of your stubble. It’s best to shave with short strokes while keeping the blaze horizontal. Rinse your blade often. You can lather up and go for round two — this time against the grain — but only if your skin can handle it.

• Rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close your pores. Gently pat dry with a towel.

• Grab a hydrating aftershave and apply it liberally. If you use one with alcohol in it, expect it to burn. Remember Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone when he applied aftershave? Totally hilarious, right?! Also, that’ll happen to you.

• Some men like to douse themselves in cologne after a shower and a shave. First, stop putting so damned much on. Second, don’t apply it directly to your just-shaved skin.

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