Whether you see it as right of passage or a chore that you have to get through, shaving your face is a must for most men.
From taming an unruly beard to getting the clean-cut look, we all need to rely on a trusty razor to keep us looking sharp.
But, thanks to nicks, cuts and rashes, what should be a relaxing part of our grooming regime is a pain in the neck for some. Literally.
So, here we reveal the step-by-step guide to a perfect shave. And no, you won’t need to spend a fortune – or use a scrunched up piece of toilet roll ever again!
Scrub up well
A clean canvas is essential when shaving so make sure you use a good facial scrub to exfoliate away any debris like dead skin or dirt. Try and use alcohol-free cleansers as they can dry out the skin and only add to irritation.
Then prepare the skin to be shaved by opening the pores; this is best done by having a shower first. If you fancy a real pamper session, try using a warm towel on your face for three-minutes before reaching for the razor.
Buy the right blade
The most important part of any perfect shave – the blade! A lot has been said in recent years about investing in expensive shaving kits – from stainless steel barber’s razors to badger hair (yes!) brushes – but why make an everyday necessity into an expensive fuss? After all, more than half of men* said they will buy more affordable versions of their usual branded shaving products – as long as they do the job.
Ideally, you should be using sharp blades and changing them regularly. That’s where Superdrug Smartfit Triple Blade Razor Refills can help. Providing super-close results thanks to its triple coated blades, while designed to protect the skin with a lubricating gel – and fitting the Gillette® Mach3®** handle – it’s the perfect solution if you want value for money in the grooming department.
And there’s never been a better time to try it out – Superdrug are giving away free Smartfit Triple Blade Razor Refills (4 pack) when you buy a Gillette® Mach3® handle in-store or online.***
Lather it on
Never try to shave without a foam or cream. This is essential for softening tough facial hairs and stubble and allowing your razor to glide seamlessly along the face. Rub in your chosen cream in an upward circular motion into the hairs to make them easier to cut.
With or against the grain; that is the question. Well, it all depends on which direction your hair grows. If your neck hair grows upwards, start from the end of your facial hair and go up to the chin. Then, work your way down from the cheekbone on each side.
Keep your facial muscles relaxed (no funny mirror faces, please) and use your hand to stretch the skin to allow your razor to go along easier. If you need to get a closer shave, go over the area again – but resist doing it more than three times or in rough, ragged movements – it’ll leave you blotchy and sore. Rinse your razor after every stroke.
Take your time
Everyone needs some time to make themselves look and feel good – so why not transform your shaving into a ritual worth enjoying. Whether you like to tackle your facial hair in the morning or evening, give yourself at least 15 minutes to ensure you get the best results. Let’s be honest, missed spots and cuts are never a good look.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
No shave is perfect without soothing the skin afterwards. Choose your favourite moisturiser, squeeze a pea size amount on to your palm and then dab around the face with the tips of your fingers. Then, gently rub into the skin in upwards motions. Then you’re ready to face the world feeling fresh.