Shaving your beard should be carefully done to avoid irritation and to avoid getting nicks, cuts or ingrown hairs. Beard and Blade will teach you how to properly shave your beard by providing useful tips you can follow below:
Use a beard trimmer
Having a full beard can be difficult to shave just by using a razor so it is best to use a beard trimmer first. Doing so will trim your beard down to stubble so you can easily shave it off with a razor later. Beard trimmers can be bought at most retail stores and pharmacies and if you can’t find one, you can just let your barber trim it for you.
Exfoliate your face
To remove dead skin, oil and dirt, exfoliate your skin using a facial scrub or wash before shaving your beard. This will also help lift your hair so you can shave it easier. Make sure not to exfoliate your skin too hard and use a shaving cream if your skin is sensitive.
Wash your face with warm water
Before starting to shave, it is vital to wash your face with warm water to soften your beard and open your pores. Doing this will prevent your skin from any irritation, nicks or cuts. Damping a warm and wet towel over your face is another great way to open your pores if you don’t want to wash your face with warm water.
Use a shaving cream
To get the best results, try to apply some shaving cream on your face to get a smoother shave and help prevent ingrown hairs. Using a shaving cream can moisten your facial hair and improve razor glide.
Sharpen your razor
Make sure your razor is sharp especially when you have not shaved your beard for quite some time. Using a blunt razor can cause irritation and breakouts. Also, avoid using a razor that is kept for a long time since it can cause irritation caused by the bacteria on the blades.
Rinse the razor after each swipe
When shaving your beard, use short and slow strokes to prevent nicks. After each swipe, rinse the razor in warm water to prevent hair clogging on its surface. Rinsing the razor will also keep the blades warm which will allow you to have a smoother shave.
Rinse your face with cold water after shaving
After shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close your pores. Do not forget to rinse the area behind your ears since shaving cream can also end up in this area. Also, avoid scrubbing too hard when washing your face to avoid any irritation or redness.
After shaving and washing your face, apply a moisturizer to help your skin ease any irritation. Lightly pat the lotion or gel on your skin and avoid rubbing them since this can irritate your skin. Also, you should apply a moisturizer with SPF so it can also protect your skin from the sun.