Men, we are all going to be shaving frequently throughout our long lives, and whether you like it or not, it is best to know a proper technique to get the cleanest, closest, and bloodless shave possible.
I do not know how women shave, so I left that for the women of Instructables!
Shaving makes you look clean and nicer looking all around. For men. Sure, you can go all natural, but personally, I like to keep a clean shaven face.
You want to look good for the ladies dont you?
Step 1: Clean Your Face
It is important to maintain a clean working area. This being, your face. This will get rid of dirt, bacteria, or anything else that can cause infections, or zits on your face. Shaving zits isnt a good sight.
If you already have a beard, or you just want to get rid of your stubbles, you can use a tiny bit of shampoo to clean it to ensure a clean shaving experience.
Step 2: Applying the Shaving Cream
Now to apply your shaving cream. It doesn't really matter what type of shaving cream you use, as long as you use it. Any product with salicylic acid, which is in acne products, will get rid of razor bumps. Neutrogena has a ton of products with salicylic acid. I would try to get something with a lower percentage of the acid like, .5% to 1%.
Squirt the shaving cream into your hand so that you have enough to cover your face. Make sure you apply it evenly among your face so that some spots dont get more than others.
Make sure that you apply it in circular motions, this ensures equal application of the cream.
As for the razor, make sure it is clean, and relatively new. Old razor usage is a no-no.
Step 3: Shaving the Top Part of the Beard
To shave the top section of your beard, you must shave from the top of the beard to the edge of your jaw-line in long, even strokes.
For this, you must shave downward, the way your whiskers grow. From your sideburns toward your jaw using long, even strokes.
For proper razor technique, you should apply light but firm pressure, pulling your skin taut before each stroke.
Step 4: Shaving Your Neck and Chin
To shave under your chin and your nick, shave from the bottom of your neck upwards. This will help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs.
When shaving under your chin, pull the razor from your throat area toward your chin.
Remember, as you are shaving be sure to rinse your razor with warm water after every stroke or two to keep it from getting clogged with hair.
Step 5: The Upper Lip
To shave your upper lip, stretch it over your front teeth to tighten the skin, and shave downwards.
Make your mouth look like you have taken your dentures out. By Curling your lip down over your front teeth as stated above.
Step 6: Touch Ups/Moisturize
Now you are almost finished men! Using warm water, wash off excess hairs that are still on your face. All the while, make sure you look at your face to see if you have missed any sections. Just wet your razor to shave these sections.
After shaving, use a toner (preferably containing vitamins, aloe extract etc). rather than an alcohol-based aftershave. Alcohol will dry out your skin, and possibly cause damage. It is the dreaded word, "after shave."
Apply moisturiser after toning to complete your shave.