There are thousands of men and women, all over the globe, who regularly shave their facial body hair to achieve that silky smooth feeling of hairless bliss. Unfortunately shaving can be a bit hazardous. Ingrown hairs, razor burn, unwanted stubble or missed patches can all contribute to a less than desirable result. Whether you have been shaving for years or are just getting into it, here are 5 steps to get the perfect shave every time.

Prep Your Skin

It’s important to prepare your skin for what’s about to happen. Unprepared skin will be more likely to develop a rash or ingrown hairs, and may be more prone to cuts. Soak the area in warm water and cleanse properly with soap or some other cleansing products. Now is also a good time to exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin and unwanted dirt. This should result in soft smooth skin that is clean and ready to shave.

Use the Right Oil or Cream

Picking the right shaving cream is very important. As a general rule, try not to buy the cheapest one available, as they will often be poorly made and likely to react badly with you. If you have sensitive skin, find a shaving cream that caters specifically for your skin type. Many people when shaving, especially women, prefer to use a slightly more basic method and use baby oil. Using baby oil can be a much cheaper option, while still protecting your skin and leaving it smooth. Be careful though, using oil can clog up your skin, so try not to use it on particularly acne-prone areas such as your face.

Use the Right Razor

The right razor is possibly the most important part of the shaving equation. For large and un-sensitive areas such as your legs or arms, you can probably get away with using a cheaper razor if you’re on a budget. However, when looking for a razor to shave anywhere more sensitive, now is not the time to start budgeting. There are lots of different razors available for lots of different needs, and trimmers if you don’t want to get a completely clean shave, but don’t like too much hair. Websites like show a range of different high-quality shavers, so you can decide what’s best for you. Always make sure you are using a clean, sharp razor that isn’t too old and that can adapt to the contours of your body without cutting you or missing spots.

Make Sure You Look After Your Skin Properly Afterwards

Shaving commonly causes skin irritation, but this can be easily remedied or prevented if you look after your skin properly after you’ve shaved. Use a post shaving balm after cleaning the area with warm water and soap and make sure to keep the area clean and well moisturized and you’re unlikely to run into too many problems.

Shaving can be a slightly daunting experience if you don’t know what you’re doing, but with practice it becomes much easier. If you have had trouble shaving before, or are a complete shaving newbie, hopefully this article helped you.

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