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The Grooming Manual

The Top 3 Shaving Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

Men's shaving products

There’s no shortage of men’s shaving tips but most say the same thing over and over. For most guys, this is fine. But if you're a guy who constantly deals with post shave bumps, irritation, and ingrown hairs, you need to do something different. Try the below three little known tips and discover a better way to shave.

Tip 1: Shave at night

Unless there’s a requirement that you be completely clean shaven, shave right before you go to bed. First thing in the morning is the absolute worst time to shave your face. As you sleep, fluid and blood accumulate in your head due to laying horizontal for 7+ hours. This fluid and blood causes the face and skin to puff out (this is a big reason your eyes have dark circles and bags in the morning). As you go about your day, the blood and fluid drain back into the body, but this can take many hours to occur. The puffier your skin, the less your whiskers can protrude from it causing a very rough shave.

When you shave before bed, the fluid under your skin is at a minimum and your whiskers will be protruding fully. We always recommend to use a men’s face scrub over the shave area, just to make sure hairs are loose and any ingrown hairs are brought out of the skin, to prevent further growth inward.

Tip 2: Use men’s face scrub post shave

We, like most men’s grooming companies, suggest using a face scrub for men before a shave. This is one of the best ways to not only get a closer shave, but also prevent post shave irritation, bumps, and redness.

What most men don’t know is the key to reducing post shave bumps, redness, and ingrown hairs is using a scrub post shave as well. If you’re a guy who can’t escape red bumps and irritation, you need to try this shaving tip.

Each day after your shave, up to three days post shave, gently rub a men’s facial scrub over the shave area. What this does, is prevent hair from curling back into your skin (ingrown hairs) as they grow and also removes any bacteria or impurities looking to settle into your pores (causing redness or pimples). Since your skin will still be sensitive from the shave, we suggest only very gently rubbing against the skin as to not irritate it or cause a rash.

Tip 3: Reapply men’s shaving cream before each stroke

Have you ever thought about what the function of men’s shaving cream is for your shave? The true goal is to create a super thin barrier between your skin and razor. This allows the razor to gently glide just over the skin, while cutting your hairs, never actually touching the skin. If you use a shaving cream for men that foams or lathers, this isn’t happening. Foam and lather actually require tiny air pockets to be created, allowing your blade to make direct contact with the skin. A natural shaving cream for men that doesn't lather however, will sink into the skin, creating that needed barrier.

With each stroke, you’re removing the thin barrier no matter what shave cream you use. If you make one pass over your face and need to do another over the same area, reapply your shaving cream. This will prevent your bare skin from touching the blade.

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