Unless you have a full beard, chances are you'll shave your face on either a daily basis, or every few days. Being fair haired, I can get away with shaving every few days as my '5 o'clock shadow' is practically non-existent. Some men are more comfortable with a wet-shave than others as often a wet-shave with a razor and soap can cause a rash or other skin irritations, however there are steps one can take to minimise such irritations and in this article on male grooming, we're going to look at some shaving tips on how to get the best shave, regardless how sensitive your skin is.
There are three things which can contribute to post-shave skin irritations and these are; the razor, the soap, your technique. If you find your skin is dappled with tiny spots of blood after shaving, then you're either pressing too hard with your razor, or your razor itself is the problem. Spending money on quality razor blades is money well spent as they cut your stubble far more efficiently and the blades last far longer then cheaper disposable blades. Take care when shaving your face and try not to press the razor into your skin. It will not make your shave any closer and will only irritate your skin.
If you are already using quality razor blades and you feel you don't press to hard, yet still get a skin irritation, then possibly your soap or foam is the root cause. Both soap and foam are intended as nothing more than a lubricant to help the blade slide effortlessly over your skin. Unfortunately many manufacturers have introduced moisturisers and scents to their products and many rashes are simple reactions to these added ingredients if your skin is particularly sensitive.
The third common problem is technique. Even with the best razors and best lubricant, a bad technique can irritate your skin more than a cheap razor or chemical-heavy lubricant. In my experience, applying soap or foam with a dedicated brush helps to soften your stubble and moisturise your skin better than applying with your fingers. Apply in a circular motion and spend time doing this. The longer you apply the softer your stubble will become and the easier it will be to cut, so my advice is spend a good five minutes applying so your skin and stubble can really soak up some moisture. Shave with the growth as much as you can and only cut across the growth on your chin and cheeks to make sure they are smooth. This is very important if you are in a relationship as it will help avoid 'pash-rash'; that being the redness a person can get around their mouth and chin from kissing a stubbly male.
By following these shaving tips, hopefully your male grooming regime will be a much more pleasurable experience. This in turn will help feel better about yourself and much more confident.