Smart guys know that a perfectly shaved face just begs to be touched. The problem is achieving that level of perfection. It's not impossible to get a baby smooth finish free of irritation, bumps or redness. Perfect your shaving techniques and you'll be fighting off the women who can't wait to get close to you.
Before You Shave
Before taking a blade to your skin, spend a little time in a hot shower or washing your face with hot water. The heat and the water will help to soften your hair and moisturize your face, resulting in a closer, more comfortable shave. In addition to the immediate shave prep, consider establishing a daily skin regimen that includes exfoliation and moisturizing. This will keep your skin healthy and soft at all times.
Use the Right Cream
Put away the Barbasol and choose a glycerin-based shaving cream or lotion. Glycerin-based creams are gentler on the skin and moisturize more effectively than canned creams. In addition, creams made with glycerin often have other soothing ingredients such as lanolin or eucalyptus oils. While such creams and lotions cost a couple of dollars more than a can of the old standby, you will undoubtedly find they are worth the expense.
Choose Your Weapon
Ditch the disposable. A disposable razor will simply not provide you with the level of smoothness you are trying to achieve. Instead, get a high quality single or multi-blade razor system. A single blade razor will result in less irritation but may not trim each bristle as close to the skin as a multi-blade razor. Experiment with different razors until you find the one that is most comfortable for you. Be sure to change out the blade every two or three days to ensure the closest shave.
Go With the Grain
While shaving against the grain may provide you with a smoother shave in the short-term, it also damages your hair. This will result in more irritation, ingrown hairs, and coarser stubble. Shaving with the grain will keep your hair softer in the long-term, resulting in continuously smoother shaves. Start at the top of your hair growth and work your way down your neck. Be sure to rinse the blade thoroughly after each stroke of the razor. Do not wipe the blade, though, as this will dull it more quickly.
After you have finished shaving, rinse away any remaining shaving cream with warm water. Then splash cool water on your face to close up your pores. Pat -- do not rub -- your face to dry it. Finally, use an aftershave gel or lotion to soothe and soften the skin. Avoid aftershave splashes that can irritate the skin.