Goodbye skin irritations – may your razor run smoothly
Step 1: Analysis
Before starting with wet shaving, it’s best to take a close look in the mirror to work out which way your beard hair grows. This is important because you can avoid razor burn and other shaving problems by shaving in the same direction that your beard hair grows.
Now let’s get started: It’s easier to work out which way your beard hair is growing when the hairs are a little longer. To do this, imagine you’re dividing your face into four areas: the left and right sides of your face and left and right sides of your neck. Study all four areas very carefully and work out the angle the hairs are growing from the follicles. These angles indicate the direction to shave in.
Step 2: Cleansing
The first step is to get rid of any dirt from your skin and prepare the beard as well as possible for the wet shave you’re about to do.
To do this, cleanse your face with warm water and mild facial cleanser matching your skin type, such as one from Baxter of California or men-ü. This helps to stop dirt and germs from getting into the pores as these can quickly cause razor burn and other shaving problems.
The warm water causes blood vessels on the skin’s surface to dilate and relaxes the pores, which makes the hair follicles they contain more flexible. Wet shaving is gentle and helps to avoid razor burn and other shaving problems as well as preserving your razor blades.
It works like this:
Apply foam to your face and neck with gentle circular movements and then rinse the foam off well with warm water. Important: Cold water shrinks the blood vessels and hardens the hair follicles. This makes it more difficult for the razor blade to cut the hair - regardless of the quality of the blade.
Place a hot towel for a few minutes on the areas you’re going to shave as this helps to keep your skin soft and is also kinder to your skin when shaving.
Step 3: Preparation
If you have sensitive skin, ingrown hairs or little spots, a pre-shave product is recommended (for example, a shaving oil or a pre-shave cream). This forms a protective layer between the skin and the razor and prevents razor burn.
Shaving oil is also good for strong beard growth as it makes the hair softer. You only need a few drops! Massaging against the direction of hair growth causes the hairs to stand up, preparing them well for a wet shave. You can effectively avoid shaving problems such as minor nicks, razor burn or skin irritation.
Such shaving problems are often caused by a strong mechanical impact such as high pressure or blunt blades.
Step 4: The razor
First, you need to choose either shaving cream, shaving soap or shaving gel. These create a protective barrier between your skin and the blade. Applying these with a shaving brush causes the hairs to stand up, soaking them evenly, thanks the circular motion while lathering.
A good 3 or 4 blade system also fulfills the same purpose, as the blades are generally sharp and efficient. This is important because blunt razor blades are the most common cause of shaving problems like cuts when you’re wet shaving.
Prepare the razor blade by warming it under hot water. A hot blade cuts a lot better. When wet shaving, always rinse the blade in hot water between strokes so that the blade doesn’t become clogged.
A high-quality shaving cream that’s been properly foamed shouldn’t clog the blade.
Otherwise, an old toothbrush can help to unclog the blade and get rid of hair stubble and foam residues when wet shaving.
It generally makes sense to shave in short, precise strokes in the direction of hair growth.
- Start at the side under your sideburns.
- Place the blade parallel to the end of one of your sideburns and shave in strokes of about four centimeters in the direction of hair growth.
- You can either stretch the skin that you’re about to shave with your free hand or you can pull a face so that the shaved area is stretched.
- Then rinse your razor thoroughly.
Work systematically, working from one area to another. Only shave your upper lip and chin area towards the end, since the hair here is particularly strong and this allows the shaving cream longer to take effect.
It’s important that you don’t use excessive pressure on the razor.
This prevents you from removing too many of the upper skin cells. This would inevitably lead to shaving problems and could cause razor burn. When shaving the jaw region, use short strokes above and below the jaw line. Under no circumstances shave in a twisty pattern as this can cause cuts when you’re wet shaving.
For the perfect shave, apply shaving the cream again. Pull the skin taut and now shave across the direction of growth. Once again, don’t forget: always rinse the razor carefully, don’t press too hard and never go against the direction of hair growth.
Step 5: The soothing phase
Remove any remaining shaving cream thoroughly using warm water and a mild facial cleanser. This will get rid of any foam residues, flakes of skin and stubble. Then you should wash your face and neck with cold water. This closes your pores and any tiny wounds. Then pat your skin gently dry with a clean towel.
After cleansing your skin thoroughly, you need to choose the right aftershave to soothe your stressed skin and prevent shaving problems like razor burn. For this, you need to know your skin type. Age will play a role in your choice of product. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best not to use aftershave containing alcohol.
Step 6: Added moisture
When your aftershave balm has been fully absorbed, you can add moisture and nutrients to the new layer of skin. This effectively prevents dry skin and wrinkles. Applying a nutritiously rich moisturiser gives back the moisture your skin has lost.
If you stick to all these points, razor burn won’t be a problem on the short term. So, nothing should stand in the way of your heroic appearance.