Friday, October 14, 2016

How to Shave Your Face

A good shave is art. Whether you're ready to have your first shave, or you've been shaving for years but have never been sure if you're doing it correctly, knowing how to prepare your face, shave properly, and take care of your skin will help you get a great, clean, and close shave.

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    Choose an appropriate razor. You should take into account the coarseness of your beard hairs, the texture of your skin, your preferred shaving method, and other details when picking a razor. Generally speaking, for heavy bearded men with more sensitive skin, it is generally good to use a traditional multiple-blade razor.
    • Electric razors are convenient and quick, requiring less of the preparation of traditional razors, and are somewhat gentler on sensitive skin. For some types of hair, however, they tend to leave an uneven or patchy shave on the face. More traditional razors work well on all types of skin and for all types of hair.
    • Individuals who get shaving bumps can use specially designed razors, typically marketed to men with coarse hair. The key is for the razor not to cut too closely, so that the hair does not fail to emerge from the skin as it grows. Use of a pre-shave, liquid or talc, and a post-shave treatment for shaving bumps also can help.
    • If you have acne and need to shave an area, try both an electric and a safety razor to see which is more comfortable. Soften the hair with warm soap and water and then shave as lightly as possible.
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    Keep your shave kit ready and clean and sharp. Shaving with a dull razor is how cuts happen and it makes the skin very irritated. Only shave with sharp, clean razor blades.
    • Before you shave, it's common to fill the wash basin with cold, clean water to use for rinsing the blade. Hot water will only make the blade expand and dull up, so it's common to use cold water on your razor.[1]
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    Trim your beard down first. If you've got a full-on beard, it's important to use clippers or scissors to get the hair as short as possible before going to the razor. Electric clippers are best for this purpose. Take the guard off and trim your beard away completely.
    • Never lather up a significant beard and attempt to use a razor on it. This will be extremely painful and ineffective at removing the hair.
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    Wash your face with an exfoliant facial wash. To prepare the skin for shaving, it's a good idea to start with as clean a skin as possible to avoid infections and irritation while you're shaving. Use a good, natural exfoliant face wash and wash your face with warm soapy water. Blot dry.
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    Apply shaving oil. Shaving oil is used to nourish the skin and lubricate the razor as it glides across your face. It's a different product than shaving cream. Put a few drops of shaving oil in the palm of your hand and rub it into your beard before applying a hot towel and shaving cream, allowing the razor to glide across your skin evenly and comfortably. This will help to reduce razor burn.
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      Heat your pores. Traditionally, barbers would head mens' faces with hot towels to open the pores and soften the hairs on the beard for a closer and more comfortable shave. Today, some people like to use a hot washcloth to achieve the same effect. The heat and moisture will help to soften your beard (if you have one) and lift up the hairs, as well as open your pores.
      • Be careful that the water isn't too hot. Hot water slackens skin and pulls moisture away. The towel you use should be comfortable warm, but not steaming hot.
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      Use a brush to apply shaving cream, if possible. While it may seem old-fashioned, applying shaving cream with a brush will further help to soften your beard and exfoliate your skin. It also helps to float the whiskers out away from the blades while you are shaving.
      • If you're short on shaving cream, gel or foam, use conditioner or speciality shaving oil. Letting the lubricant sit on your face for up to a minute can amplify its effects. Avoid using a bar of soap, as this can leave a residue on the blade, dulling the edge and eventually causing rusting even on stainless blades. At a push, you can use a liquid soap as these are formulated differently.
      • Natural shaving creams are preferable to glycerine-based creams or gels, which can tend to dry out the skin and leave it irritated. Go for shaving creams made of all-natural oils and other products for the best and most comfortable shave.

What men don’t know about shaving

A good, close shave can turn a chore into a pleasant morning ritual. Following these shaving tips should help you achieve optimum skin health, avoid shaving problems and help you look and feel your best.

While there are a lot of good things that a new season brings along, skin problems are the most common hardship faced by men and women alike. It is important for men to pay as much attention as there are a lot of myths related to male skincare during this time of the year.

The most common myth is that shaving causes skin redness. And it isn't only about avoiding nicks and cuts while in a hurry, but maintaining that soft and smooth skin sans any irritation or redness. A Gillette MACH3 is an advanced razor that provides a closer shave, and guarantees zero redness. It nano-thin blades are progressively aligned to extend gradually closer to the hair, resulting in a close shave in a single stroke. Here are other things to watch for a close shave.

1. The Clock

- Don't rush through a shave.

- Wash your face.

- Facial cleansers work best because they help soften the protein in the hair. Leave the cleanser on your face for one minute before you rinse. Lather up with shaving cream or gel. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Brush your teeth to pass the time.

2. The sweeps

- Apply a small amount of pre-shave gel onto hands and massage into the beard to help lift the hair and ease the shaving process by providing a cushion between your skin and the razor.

- Gels usually offer more lubrication, and transparent ones are useful if you have facial hair and need to see where you are going with the razor.

- Always use a good quality sharp razor blade.

3. The temperatures

- Another key to a good shave is keeping the skin hot and moist.

- Use warm moisturised towels to prep the skin pre-shave. You also need a bowl of hot water to refresh your razor as you go. - Follow your shave with a cold water rinse. Cold water reduces inflammation.

4. The command

- Though you may get a closer shave if you go against the grain, you make razor burn or ingrown hairs more likely.

- The more time you go over an area, the more irritation you'll get. If you have thick hair, it's particularly important to go with the grain.


  1. 0.35 millimeters a day or 1 centimeter per month is the rate at which human hair grows.
  2. It is estimated that 90% of all adult males shave at least once a day.
  3. It is also estimated that a man will shave at least 20,000 times in his lifetime.
  4. The average American male begins to shave between the ages of 14 - 16 years of age.
  5. Shaving, tweezing or waxing does not cause hair to grow back thicker or fuller.
  6. Religious convictions account for 7% of all men who don't shave.
  7. Your hair grows in response to individual biochemistry and hormones. Heredity, genes, race, medications taken, physical and mental stress, and diet influence these hormones.
  8. Your skin is subject to changes in its resiliency and thickness because of temperature, humidity, diet and stress. This can affect shaving.
  9. A person’s face is composed of an outermost layer of skin that is primarily made up of dead skin cell.
  10. While shaving, a person removes about as much skin as hair.
  11. In general a person produces new skin cells every 10 to 20 days.
  12. When saturated with water, the strength of a single strand of hair is approximately one third to one half less than the strength of dry hair, making it much easier to shave.
  13. The average person has about 615 hairs per square centimeter.
  14. Black people have more body hair than asians, but whites have more than blacks.
  15. Men’s facial hair grows at a rate of approximately half an inch per month (6 inches per year).
  16. The average man’s face contains anywhere from 5,000 to 25,000 whiskers.
  17. Most shaving accidents are caused by using dull and/or dirty razor blades, insufficient preparation of the skin and hair before shaving, and using inappropriate equipment and products
  18. Facial hair growth rate varies with each man and it even differs with each area on a man’s face.
  19. The average man will spend 60 hours shaving each year.
  20. On average it takes a man between 100 and 600 strokes to shave his entire face.
  21. Men spend an average of 5 moths of their lives shaving.
  22. For men, it would take roughly 16 years of shaving to collect together one pound of hair clippings.
  23. In general, a man removes over 27 feet of hair in his lifetime through shaving alone.
  24. Due to a decrease in body fluids in the morning, you should try to avoid shaving first thing when you wake-up.
  25. Alexander the Great observed that beards could be easily grabbed by the enemy during battle and insisted his troops fight with clean-shaven faces.
  26. On average 75% men shave their face every day.
  27. About 15% of men refuse to shave their faces due to the discomfort they experience from shaving.
  28. Only 3% of all men who abstain from shaving do so because they simply do not care to do so.
  29. It is estimated that 85% of men who shave, prefer to wet shave.
  30. 94 million men in the U.S. alone (90 percent of America’s male population) and about 1.6 billion men worldwide age 15 years and older remove hair.
  31. 1.3 billion of the men in the world shave with a blade and razor.
  32. When a person shaves while his or her skin is wet, these dead skin cells are removed.
  33. Cave drawing from as early as 10,000 BC depict both men with clean-shaven faces and those with short beards.
  34. Ancient Egyptian barbers regularly shaved their clients with razors and pumice stones, as a beard was considered an indication of personal neglect.
  35. The straight cut-throat blade was introduced in the Middle Ages.
  36. Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards, which was collected at every town gate.
  37. Body hair usually grows out from an individual’s skin at a 30 to 60 degree angle.
  38. The first safety razor was patented in 1901 and more than 25 million blades are sold in the UK every year.
  39. The world's oldest existing barber's is Truefitt and Hill in St James'Street, London, which opened in 1805.
  40. A man spends 3,300 hours or 138 days of his life shaving his whiskers.
  41. Just 1 per cent of men enjoy their daily shave, with 99 per cent regarding it as an annoying chore.
  42. Wet shaving is still the most popular method of shaving in the UK.
  43. Hair grows faster during the day than at night.
  44. The ideal shave angle (razor blade meeting the face) is 28-32 degrees.
  45. Hair on the neck grows parallel to the skin.
  46. Shaving cream was only made for men until the industry specifically targeted women in 1986 by manufacturing the whipped magic specifically for women!
  47. 42% of men report that they have no facial hair.
  48. 34% say they have a moustache, 19% with sideburns, 17% have a goatee, 6% have a full beard, and 3% have a soul patch.
  49. The majority of men, 84%, shave at the sink. Another 15% of men shave in the shower.
  50. Men between the ages of 18 and 24 shave an average of four times a week.
  51. Men over the age of 35 shave an average of six times a week.
  52. The average man will have spent 900 hours shaving (the equivalent of 37 1/2 days) between ages 15 and 75.
  53. The average man begins to shave regularly when he begins to work regularly.
  54. The average man spends 10-15 hours a year shaving.
  55. 1680 is the year in which the first narrow-bladed folding straight razor was introduced.
  56. The average shave lasts 3.5 minutes.
  57. The average shave will trim away somewhere between 20,000-25,000 hairs from a man’s face.
  58. Shaving cream didn’t always come in aerosol cans; the method wasn’t even introduced until 1950.
  59. The Pharaohs of Egypt probably liked a good shave every now and then, of course using nothing less than the best made from gold and silver. Archeologists have found razor relics that date back as far as the fourth century.
  60. There are about 30,000 beard hairs on the face of the average man—the greatest concentration on the chin and upper lip.
  61. About 30% of men who shave use an electric device to shave.
  62. When a man wet shaves, it’s as good as using an exfoliating product because the process removes dead skin cells promoting healthier skin.
  63. Archeologists believe that caveman used clams and shark teeth to shave with, 20,000 years ago-in the Stone Age!
  64. Nearly 70% of American women prefer a clean-shaven man.
  65. The Reason Fidel Castro originally grew his beard is because his supply of Gillette Blades was cut off.
  66. Some archeologists think that many warriors shaved their heads before battles so opponents didn’t have any hair to pull … maybe they were discouraging the practice of scalping?
  67. Marketing campaign convinced the women of North America to shave their body hair. Notably, women in the other parts of the world do not engage on masse in this ritual. Even in French Canada, the habit is not largely undertaken. It all began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her armpits.
  68. 10 feet the length of the longest mustache on record grown by Birger Pellas of Sweden.
  69. 17.5 feet the length of the longest beard on record grown by Hans Langseth of Norway.
  70. Old Spice is the bestselling after-shave in the United States.
  71. Shave gels weren’t even thought of until the 1970’s.
  72. Pseudofolliculitisbarbae is th the medical term for razor burn.
  73. A young marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, who also made razor blades for men, designed a campaign to convince the women of North America that: (a) Underarm hair was unhygienic, (b) It was unfeminine. In two years, the sales of razor blades doubled as our grandmothers and great grandmothers made themselves conform to this socially constructed gender stereotype. This norm for North American women has been reinforced by several generations of daughters who role modeled their mothers.
  74. It is false that human hair continues to grow after death.
  75. 5 million is the number of hair follicles covering the human body.