Since the beginning of time we men have been involved in removing hair from our faces and bodies. It is a right of passage that every man goes through. Whether it grows full and even or bushy and patchy every man will have his own technique to take the hair off of his face. The average man will shave approximately 20,000 times over the course of his life. What is important to consider is the fact that skin is the biggest organ in the body and is the only organ constantly exposed to the outside world. What also is important to consider is that there’s a good chance that man is doing something wrong in his pursuit of hair removal. If he was doing everything right then why does he get nicks and cuts, ingrown hairs, razor bumps and razor burn? That is exactly what we want to address. How to stay away from the dark side of removing hair from our faces. What to do before, what to do, and what to do after to feasibly remove the hair and keep your skin as healthy as possible.
The first thing we want to determine is what type of skin and hair do we have. Is our skin dry or oily? Is our hair straight or curly? These will be important factors in how you shave and what products you use to assist you in the process. Once you determine this you can find out the exact products to use to keep your hair and skin at an even Ph balance which will keep any possible hair or skin problems to a minimum. Research natural oils like Eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon grass. In addition to aromatherapy these essential oils have wonderful properties that do great things for the skin. Your research will lead you to which oils and combinations of oils are right for you. The following is a list of steps to follow to develop the perfect process for removing hair from your face in a healthy vibrant promoting fashion.
- Clean your face- Use a gentle scrub to clean the bacteria and dirt from your face and out of the hair. I personally use Cetaphil. Its all natural and very light and non-alkaline as well. Feel free to do research on any other products you might like to use as a substitute. There are many of them on the market. I suggest finding one as all natural as possible. Something non- alkaline with no preservatives and possibly plant based. If your skin is normally oily feel free to wash your face twice.
- Apply a pre-shave liquid. This will stiffen the hairs as well as close the pore around the hair and prevent bacteria from getting in between the pore and the hair follicle.
- Shave first with shape- up clippers. Any brand will do. Its important to take the hair down in levels. This will allow you to determine your comfort level as well as prevent chaffing, ingrown hairs, razor burn and razor bumps.
- Use an electric shaver to take the hair down a level lower. Again use this in accordance with determining your comfort level in terms of closeness as well as preventing the issues mentioned in step three.
- Wash your face again and use a hot towel to open the pours and apply your favorite shaving cream, gel etc. I personally like to use aloe vera or this new shave butter that I found.
- Prep your razor and shave with the grain.
- If you want to be as bald as possible apply again and shave again against the grain.
- Wash your face again with a scrub and warm water.
- Apply a cold towel to close the pores. This will help the hair follicle grow properly out of the pore as well as keeping out bacteria.
- Apply your favorite aftershave and your ready for war.
In closing, it doesn’t matter how good you take care of your skin when you shave, the closer you go the higher chance you will have in-gowns and razor bumps. Razor burn can be avoided just by being mindful and not over aggressive. If you do choose to maintain an ultra clean shave I suggest you invest in a pair of tweezers with a sharp tip. Use this to monitor ingrown hairs so they can be extracted when you find them. Wash your face two or three times a day, this will lower the chances of issues as well. Your skin is exposed to the harsh outside world all day, not to mention how many germs are transferred to your face from your hands in a day. Bottom line, the less dirt on our faces the better. I hope this article was helpful. Happy shaving.