Be honest – how many times have you stood in front of the mirror after shaving and thought to yourself, “Wow, that was the perfect shave!”? The male facial grooming act can sometimes become a real pain in the ass. Remaining stubble, razor burn, cuts or pimples are the consequences of an unclean shave. But this is now an end! Here is your guide to the perfect shave – for every man, for every skin type.
The optimal shave preparation
Before the shave is after the shave. If you prepare your skin for shaving, you avoid painful consequences right away. Three things you should do before shaving:
- Determine the direction of your beard growth! To prevent irritation, you should always shave with the direction of growth. It’s best to let your beard grow for a few days until you can easily tell if your hair is to the left or right.
- Clean your face! This is how you protect your pores from dirt and germs. Clean your face with facial cleanser and hot water, this way your pores will be more relaxed and shaving will be comfortable. The perfect time is after showering. Tip: Replace the facial cleanser 1-2 times a week with a gentle scrub. This additionally removes dead skin cells and keeps the skin soft and fresh.
- Use pre-shave products! Whether lotion, gel or oil – by applying pre-shave products you build a kind of protective wall between the razor and your skin. The ideal remedy against cuts, redness or skin irritations.
Dry or wet shave?
Which shave is best for my skin type: dry or wet shave? An answer knows Oliver Schröder, shaving expert of Mornin’ Glory.
The best shave for..
…Oily skin: “Oily skin is prone to skin impurities. Therefore, you should start with a light peeling. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, cleanses the skin and opens the pores. After that you can shave much more thoroughly. Oily skin tolerates a wet shave very well, but the dry razor can also be used. However, the shaving heads of the electric razor should be cleaned regularly in an alcohol solution. Then apply a light aftershave without alcohol.”
Wet shaving: yes
Dry shaving: conditional
This really helps against razor burn
…dry skin: “Dry skin occurs preferentially in winter, in cold weather and heating air. It is ideal to use a shaving oil then. The so-called pre-shave consists of nourishing oils and is applied even before the shaving gel. After that you can shave classically. An electric razor is also suitable for dry skin. Very important: After shaving, the skin must be sufficiently moisturized. For this purpose, use an aftershave balm, for example from Speick, Mornin’ Glory or Weleda. The balm should not contain alcohol, however, because alcohol dries out the skin additionally. You do not necessarily have to put cream on after shaving, but if you have very dry skin, a light day cream can prevent itchy skin.”
Wet shave: yes
Dry shave: yes
…skin prone to pimples: ” Tricky! Shaving irritates blemished skin, so it can get complicated. Therefore, you should regularly use a scrub as a preventive measure. There are body scrubs based on sugar or sea salt, which open and clean the pores.
Special washing lotions and tea tree oil are also recommended. With the skin cleansed, you can then shave normally, ideally with a dry razor. Afterwards, you should soothe the skin with a high-quality aftershave, but again, no alcohol should be involved. Avoid greasy creams!”
Wet shave: conditionally
Dry shaving: yes
…skin prone to redness: “Redness is the result of excessive mechanical action. The skin is too irritated by the razor blades or the shaving blade. To avoid razor burn, you can use a pre-shave. This gives the skin an invisible protective film, after which you can shave normally. It is best to use a shaving cream – it does not foam, but it cares for the skin while shaving. Never shave against the grain, because this creates only more redness and shaving pimples.
After shaving, rinse calmly with cold water, so that the pores close up. To finish, use a mild aftershave balm. For bad cases of razor burn, there are also anti-razor burn gels that soothe the skin with calendula, urea and vitamin E.”
Wet shave: yes
Dry shave: yes
Cold water helps against razor burn – Prixel Creative.com
…ingrown whiskers: “Those prone to ingrown hairs should consider switching to a seven-day beard. Because every shave increases the likelihood that some beard hairs will grow back in again. Men with very frizzy hair are particularly affected by this. The hairs then grow not straight out of the pore, but sideways under the skin. If you need to shave regularly, also resort to a peeling. This removes the dead skin cells and the beard hairs can not grow in so quickly. Shaving with an electric razor is preferable to wet shaving in this case.”
Wet shave: conditionally
dry shaving: yes
…strong beard growth: “So you are the lumberjack type? Very good, because men with strong beard growth usually also have a robust, insensitive facial skin. However, the stubble can have the thickness of copper wire, so they must be softened before shaving. Wet shaving is ideal after a warm shower. However, a hot, wet towel can also be applied to the face for 2-3 minutes.
Shave normally afterwards. Strong beard growth gets the so-called “beard shadow” during the day. To delay this far, wet shaving with a shaving brush is recommended. By applying the foam on your face with the shaving brush, your face gets better blood circulation, the beard hairs come out more and can be clipped deeper. But also an electric razor tolerate men with strong beard growth well. Do not forget to finish with a good aftershave.”
Wet shave: yes
Dry shave: yes
The shaving aftercare
If you now look in the mirror, you will see a perfectly clean-shaven chin.
But with this the work is not yet done! A good care of the skin after shaving is an absolute must. Of course, an aftershave is used. But be careful! Not every aftershave is compatible for your skin. Here, too, it depends on your skin type.
The alcohol content of your aftershave should match your skin type – Yuriy Rudyy.com
Before applying the aftershave, first wash soap residues from the skin with cold water. This refreshes and closes the opened pores again. Afterwards, your skin thirsts for a care product that stabilizes the acid mantle again and protects it from infections.
Surely you have also used aftershaves with different alcohol content. And maybe you have already noticed that the high percentage aftershaves do you more or less good. But where is actually the difference? Basically, aftershaves with a higher alcohol content have a disinfecting effect.
Products containing little or no alcohol, on the other hand, have a soothing and nourishing effect. If you have skin that tends to inflame hair follicles, you should use an aftershave that contains alcohol. If your skin is rather sensitive and delicate, you should irritate it as little as possible. Say: No alcohol. An aftershave lotion or an even milder balm, for example, is suitable. These contain moisturizing care substances and are low in irritants due to their low alcohol content.
Tips against razor burn:
- Here, too, careful cleansing is the trump card. Bacteria on the razor cause inflammation and razor burn. As a rule, you should replace the razor blades after every tenth shave.
- Who shaves with the stroke, wins! So shaving is pleasant and the skin is not irritated.
- After shaving: use moisturizer! This relaxes the skin and recovers it from the stress of shaving.
Tips against cuts:
- Shave with a sharp blade! Dull blades increase the risk of injury.
- Use shaving foam or shaving gel. This way the blades and your skin do not have direct contact and your face is better protected. You will also moisturize your skin.
Tips against pimples:
- Do not run the blade directly over the inflammation.
- It can also help to vary the way you shave. Try to shave with less pressure and thus irritate your skin less.
- Use antiseptic soaps and after-shave with a light alcohol content. Clean your face with facial soap in the morning and in the evening. In case of persistent infections, your family doctor will also prescribe you prescription remedies.
How to shave successfully
Extra tips from shaving expert Oliver Schröder:
- Take your time: “Shaving in the morning in a hectic rush is no fun and does not bring a satisfactory result. Better to get up 10 minutes earlier and invest a little more time in the shave. With the right ingredients, shaving becomes a small feel-good moment in the morning. With high-quality shaving products, pleasant fragrances accompany you throughout the day.”
- Use good shaving products: “It pays to look beyond the end of your nose. Because in addition to major brands on supermarket shelves, there are also many small manufacturers with smart products. If you want to spend a little more on shaving care, this alone can improve your shaving experience. The trend to naturalness and bio arrived by the way also with shaving products and provides for many positive effects.”
- See a professional barber: “A visit to the barber store is very enlightening. There you can experience firsthand what a perfect shave should look like. Even if you can’t or don’t want to do everything at home, you can still pick up a lot of tips. Meanwhile, there are small and fine barber stores throughout Germany, which are worth a visit.”