All of Your Shaving Questions Answered

Are you getting the most out of your shave? A great shave isn’t just about the shaving part — it’s also about prepping your face. We put together a helpful Q&A for frequently asked questions on men’s shaving. From how to handle irritation to preventing ingrown hairs as well as other steps for a better shave and smoother skin, here are all of your shaving questions, answered.

What is wet shaving?

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Wet shaving is usually defined as the type of shaving that your grandfather and their fathers took part in. It involves using a shaving brush with soap or cream to build and apply lather, and then using something like a straight razor, or a single, or double-edged safety razor to shave. The benefit of using this shaving method is that a safety razor eliminates skin irritation and gives you a smoother, cleaner shave, but most importantly the blades are cheaper by a magnitude than just buying disposable razors.

How do I avoid ingrown hairs?

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The easiest way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly with a face scrub. After exfoliating, use an alcohol-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

What are some tricks to keep my face stubble-free longer?

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It’s all about prepping your face before shaving. Gently wash your face with warm water, soak a small towel in hot water, and steam your face with it. This step will open your pores, soften your facial hair, and give you a closer shave. The key to being stubble-free for a long time is getting a closer shave.

How do I travel with a safety razor?

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As long as you take the blades out, you can pack your razor in your carry-on. But, you’ll have to either pack the blades in your checked luggage, mail them to your destination, or purchase the blades there. Another option is to bring a disposable razor. Bringing shaving cream in your carry-on? Store it in a container of 3.4 ounces or less.

What are the best ways to get a nice dry shave without razor bumps afterward?

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It’s strongly recommended that you shave with at least a shaving oil. It’s a lot better than shaving dry. To ensure a clean shave, start with a clean razor, if you’re using a disposable razor don’t apply too much pressure and keep the blade angled, so that you’re cutting, not scraping hair off. After shaving, rinse your face with cool water and apply an alcohol-free shaving lotion.

How often do I change the blade?

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Once you start to feel the blade pulling your hair, it’s time to replace it. Every three shaves is the rule for some guys, while others go for five to 10 shaves. It really depends on your blade, the razor, and hair type, but you should be able to tell when the blade is getting dull.

Is there a pro trick to grow fuller facial hair?

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Unfortunately, there isn’t a trick to make hair grow where there isn’t any. You have to work with what you have. Try to find a barber that can help you decide on a look that is right for you.

What is a good post-shaving routine?

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Prevent irritation and skin damage with a post-shaving routine that includes as many steps as you feel comfortable with. After a fresh shave, use an aftershave without alcohol that focuses on hydrating your skin. Take your routine a step further by applying a moisturizer with SPF to help protect your skin from the sun.

How can I get rid of irritation?

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Irritation is caused by shaving against the grain and also by adding too much pressure. Get a perfect, irritation-free shave by prepping your face before shaving. Gently wash your face with warm water, make a good lather, shave in the direction of beard growth, and let the razor glide over your skin without excessive pressure. When you’re done shaving, rinse your face with cool water and apply an alcohol-free aftershave.

Do shaving soaps and creams expire?

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Shaving creams contain ingredients that last up to two years. Soaps can last a long time, but they get really dry, so keep them for about three years.

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