I do not posses all the facial hair in the world but for the little I do posses, I thought I would share some tips on how to get the best possible results out of every shave.
The first tip I would offer is to know your skin. Some types of skin can handle close razor shaves, I for one can not, Ive tried it. For those with sensitive skin like myself I would suggest getting a portable electrical shaver. You are looking at parting with between R500 - R1000 for a reliable electrical shaver (get a rechargeable one bro).
My second tip is to get an aftershave. I'm a huge fan of the Nivea® Men Originals After Shave Splash 100ml. I have been using it since I could see bum fluff forming on my chin and lip and it has never steered me wrong. You are looking at parting with R90 available at Clicks or Dischem.
My third tip is to ALWAYS exfoliate your face before you shave. Use exfoliator to wash away dirt and debris, replenish lost moisture and fight skin dryness. Be sure to use warm water, which softens facial hair and opens pores for an easier shave. Shave against the grain of your hair to get a cleaner and closer shave, however this will make you more susceptible to ingrown hairs.
My fourth tip is to apply a hot towel to your face after shaving. Grab a smooth washcloth and soak it in hot water. Apply it to your face and hold it for a minute. This is a good way to reduce swelling that may occur and kill bacteria that might enter the pores of your skin. If that is not enough, it feels amazing.
My fifth and final tip is to CLEAN YOUR SHAVER. A razor with hairs stuck between the blades does not allow you to get a clean shave. Electrical shavers are also water friendly and all you really need to do is place the shaver under hot water and tap it lightly against the basin a few times (don't use all your strength).
Look, you are not always going to get a perfect shave, we all know how the skin can be but I find that the above tips/steps offer the best results. Also remember that it is trial and error and different strokes for different folks, just find what works for you.
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