Top Tips for the Perfect Shave

For most men, shaving is a part of their daily life; a ritual that is passed down to them from their fathers. If we’re really honest about it, the idea of taking a blade to the skin every day can seem too abrasive but it is a necessary part of a good male grooming routine. It needs to be done correctly, using face care products that minimise irritation and soothe the skin. Follow these shaving tips from Vaseline to ensure the perfect shave:
Top Tips for the Perfect Shave
  • Step 1: Steam
    Step 1: Steam
    The key to a great shave, is moisture. Facial hair absorbs a lot of water and when it does it becomes weak, which makes it easier to cut. Having a warm shower before your shave is an ideal way to ensure that your face is nicely moistened. Alternatively, a wet face cloth applied to the face for a minute or two will suffice. It not only softens the hair, but opens the pores, preparing the skin for shaving.
  • Step 2: Cut
    Step 2: Cut
    Invest in a good quality razor. Those plastic disposable ones just don’t ‘cut-it’ anymore. They often result in a less than close shave, coupled with skin irritation. Having said that, a good quality razor is useless without good quality blades. You’re not only cutting off the hair, you’re also scraping away a thin layer of skin cells. Depending on how much hair you’re shaving off and how often you’re doing it, you should generally change the blade every 10 to 15 shaves.

    It’s also vital to invest in a good quality shaving cream; one that not only cleans but moisturises while it lathers, like Vaseline MENface CLEANSE AND SHAVE. An effective 2-in 1 cleanse and shave product that reduces friction, making your shave smoother and more manageable.
  • Step 3: Wash
    Step 3: Wash
    Because of today’s modern lifestyle, dirt and grime can quickly accumulate on your face, causing a range of skincare problems, including blackheads and pimples. You can, however, get it sorted with deep cleansing products like Vaseline MENface DEEP CLEANSE face scrub. It not only cleans away accumulated grit but it exfoliates the skin too, removing dead skin cells and keeping ingrown hairs and blackheads at bay.
  • Step 4: Rinse
    Step 4: Rinse
    Be sure to rinse your razor in water regularly while shaving. This will get rid of excess hair, shaving foam and will add moisture when you connect the blades with your face again. Rinse your face with warm water when you’re done. Doing so will remove any shaving product that’s left behind and prepare the skin for an aftershave balm or moisturising lotion.
  • Step 5: Hydrate
    Step 5: Hydrate
    Applying a good quality post-shave face care product is essential to soothe and hydrate the skin. Try Vaseline MENface HYDRATE AND SOOTHE moisturiser. It contains Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Antioxidants and Allantoin to help enhance skin conditioning and moisturisation. Be wary of applying cologne to the skin immediately after shaving – it might burn or cause irritation and redness.
When it comes to shaving, the right method is the one that works best for your skin. Whether you choose to shave daily with a razor or weekly with an electric shaver, be sure to use the right face care products, like the Vaseline MENface range, as this will make your shave a more comfortable experience.