Bloodshed, war zone, toilet paper on your face—is that how your daily shaving routine looks like? Guess you’ve been doing it wrong all your life. So next time before you pick up that razor, make sure you’ve read these 10 genius shaving hacks that is going to give you the bestshave of your life, ever! Want to bet?
1) Hair conditioner makes for a great shaving cream, especially for sensitive skin and areas
Not only does it protect your skin but it also softens the hair. I’m not sure about the money that you’ll save as it mostly depends on how much you spend on your shaving cream. But you must definitely give it a try because—hacks are always to each his own!
2) Wetness is your razor’s worst enemy
It also directly effects the sharpness of your razor. So when you rinse your razor clean, make sure you dry it completely before the next use. You also get anti-corrosive agents in the market which when you use adds weeks to your blade’s life.
3) While shaving leave the cream on your face for 5 minutes
This is a good hack to avoid any razor burn which—let’s face it—is the nastiest thing ever after a nick. The shaving cream will not only ready the hair and the pores but will also prevent red spots from coming back. It will obviously work better if you use a quality shaving cream as opposed to foam.
4) Styptic pencil or a block of alum is the real deal!
You may disregard its importance for all you want but that doesn’t change the fact that both are extremely handy for nicks and cuts, better than your tissue paper! You can even use a pinch of lip balm. Just dab some on the cut and you’re good to go.
5) You can also substitute baby oil for shaving cream
Only when you’ve completely ran out of both the shaving cream and hair conditioner. Do it in the shower while using lukewarm water. That will open up your pores, soften the tough bristles of your whiskers and give a close shave.
6) You’re better off with short, precise strokes
You must have heard people giving advise like ‘it’s better to make long, continuous strokes from the upper cheek to the bottom of your neck’, but it’s a common misconception. You’re better off with short strokes because it helps you limit irritation and gives you a better control of the gliding movement. It also helps in check the downward pressure you place on your razor while shaving.
7) The cold water therapy
Post-shave never wash your face with the same hot/lukewarm water you used while taking shower. Always wash your face with cold water as it will close your pores and immediately tighten your facial skin. That also means less wrinkles!
8) Never skip the moisturizing step
Because shaving or no shaving, who doesn’t moisturize? Especially after a close, clean shave? Quite honestly, it’s okay not to spend money on aftershaves. Sometimes, your daily moisturizer can be your best aftershave. Dab it on your fingers and work it gently with your fingertips.
9) Ever heard of witch hazel?
A pretty much old-school method of shaving but witch hazel is a toner that comforts your skin after a close shave and prevents chap. Try it out once and we guarantee it will become a part of your grooming arsenal.
10) Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
You get face scrubs exclusively for men in any departmental store. Use it exactly before you shave. Dab some on your fingers and gently work it on your face for, say 2 minutes. You’ll soon realize that your complexion has improved along with your shaving routines!
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