2 Ways to Level Up Your Shaving Routine
For men of all types, shaving is a normal part of life. This mundane routine can vary from person to person. For some men, facial hair can represent a real hassle to maintain as they grow thick hair faster than they can chop it off. For others, they may only have small amounts of hair to keep track of, but one thing is for sure - almost all men must shave to some degree or another.
With shaving being such a normal, predictable part of life, it makes sense to invest in tools that not only make this easy, but enjoyable. In fact, for any man who shaves regularly, the process of shaving can either be something they look forward to or dread. When you look forward to a good clean shave, it’s easy to get excited about it. The feeling of being clean-shaven, fresh, with smooth skin and new confidence, is hard to beat.
This isn’t always the case though. For a lot of men who don’t invest in their shaving experience, dealing with face scruff can be nothing more than a hassle. It’s one of the most unsatisfying feelings to go through the trouble of shaving with poor equipment, just to walk away feeling uncomfortable. Razor burn nicks from dull blades, and even ingrown hairs can make you despise your shaving routine and actively avoid it.
If shaving has to be a part of your life, then you enjoy it. With the right tools, shaving can become something that you genuinely look forward to. This part of your day can become an important part of your self-care routine, and all it takes is a few positive changes.
Whether you love to shave, or you are just learning how to enjoy the process - here are some tips that will help you level up your shaving experience.
1. It’s All About the Razor
The first place to start is at the core basic tool that makes the shave happen - yep, the razor. This is the most important aspect of the shaving experience, so it follows that if your razor is a good quality razor, then your shave will be a good quality shave. The unfortunate part about most men’s shaving routines is that this is the razor is the part that is the most lacking.
No amount of your favorite shaving cream or the best smelling aftershave can make up for razor burn, ingrown hairs, or small, annoying and embarrassing nicks. If you don’t start off with a high-quality razor, then you are already on the wrong foot.
When it comes to getting the best possible shave, hands down the only option is a straight razor. Yes, the double razor is technically safer, and the cartridge razor style claims to be more efficient for time, but the straight razor has no real competition. The one con to a straight razor is that it can have a small learning curve.
Learning how to handle a straight razor isn’t something you will be naturally good at. However, once you feel the result of a clean, fresh, sharp shave with a straight razor, you’ll see that it’s worth every ounce of effort.
Straight razors also require a bit more maintenance, and the process of the shave is more involved. However, the quality of a fresh, clean shave far outweighs the effort, and it’s a learning curve you’ll be happy you mastered.
2. A Warm Towel
If you are already using your favorite shaving cream and aftershave, then the next step to upgrading your shave is a nice, steamy warm towel. The steam from a warm towel works to open up the pores of your face and create a softer, smoother experience. This can go a long way to helping you really feel refreshed and clean after shaving.
Even with the best of blades, shaving is an abrasive practice. Dead skin, bits of hair follicles and more can leave your skin feeling a little course, and possibly even irritated. Even if you use a straight razor and have a great technique, the fact remains that after your shave you’ll need to clean up your skin.
With a hot towel, the steam helps you clean out your pores and loosen up all of the micro-debris that are trapped in there. Lightly apply the steamy towel, which should be as hot as you can comfortably stand, and leave it for a few moments. Once it’s rested, use it to wipe away any micro-debris that were loosened up.
Shaving is a regular, predictable part of life, and it does not have to be one that is thought of as a hassle or stress. With the right tools, you can upgrade your shave and turn your regular routine into something you look forward to.
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