It happens to most men: Just as you have finished shaving, the red bumps appear! Fear not: Barber and hair dresser David Posin will now give you the ultimate guide on how to get the perfect shave.
So why do the red bumps appear on your skin after shaving? The reason if very simple; your skin is not designed to withstand the sharpness of a razor blade on a regular basis.
To avoid skin irritation and get an easy shave, you need to know these three steps:
- The actual shave
In the following I will go through the steps that make sure you get the best shave you can get.
As with most in life preparation is the key to success. The three elements in preparing are vital for your shave, if you want to avoid skin irritation afterwards.
A great shave entails using:
- A quality razor with a sharp blade.
- A good Shave Gel.
- Warm water.
I recommend getting rid of your disposable razor and investing in a quality razor as the DE Safety Razor. There are a lot of benefits using a quality razor; it is cheaper in the long run compared to other shaving methods, it gives a close shave and you avoid skin irritation with the use of only one blade.
Always make sure to have a sharp blade in your DE Razor. You do not need to use a new blade for every shave, but make sure that the blade you use is sharp and without any dents or rust. If there is rust on the blade, throw it in the garbage and replace it with a new one.
A great Shave Gel or shaving cream is vital for a smooth shave. I recommend using a shave gel instead of old-fashioned shaving cream. The shave gel softens the hairs and moisturizes the skin so that the razor blade runs smoothly across the skin when shaving. Furthermore, it soothes the skin and prevents any redness or bumps.
Shave Gel has the following benefits:
- The gel is transparent which makes it easier to create your desired shape.
- Easy application (opposite shaving cream where you often apply too much product).
- Better control of the product as the gel distributes evenly through the beard.
- No use of aerosol gasses (opposite ordinary shaving cream containers).
The last step in the preparation is warm water.
It may sound simple, but it is fundamental for the success of your shave. The skin needs to be warm for the beard to soften as well as for the pores to open, so you can achieve a close shave.
That is why it is a good idea to shave in the morning after showering.
The actual shave
If you have prepared properly, the shave should be without problems.
- Make sure that your face is moisturised and tepid so that the hairs are ready for the shave.
- Apply an even amount of shave gel on the area that needs shaving.
- Shave against the hairs. If the blade is sharp the shave will be close. Use constant, light strokes and rinse the blades after each 4-5 centimetre depending on the thickness of your beard.
If you want stubbles without looking shaggy, you can always shave the hairs on your neck and trim your beard.
SIGR Shave Gel gives you the opportunity for total control during the shave.
When you are done with your shave your skin is exposed. Partly because it has been tepid for some time because of the warm water which leaves the pores open, and because you have moved a sharp razor blade on top of it. Aftercare is therefore important if you want to avoid redness and skin irritation.
I recommend that you wash your face with cold water after shaving to close the pores and wash away gel and leftover hairs from the shave.
If your want to give your skin the best care you should use a decent face balm. A great face balm prevents redness and skin irritation and adds a protective layer on the skin to prevent dirt from entering the pores.
SIGR Shave Kit contains a variety of active natural ingredients that soothes and prevents redness and irritation.
If you follow these simple steps I will guarantee that you get a great and smooth shave.