Clean your face and hydrate for 3 minutes prior to shaving-either by taking a hot shower or putting a hot washcloth on your face.
This will help open pores and soften the hairs, making your shave more comfortable.
Fresh, sharp blades help provide a smoother, more comfortable shave and give you less feel of irritation.
A shaving system like Fusion ProGlide is what dermatologists recommend.*
*Based on a national survey of dermatologists recommending razors to their male patients.
Some mornings, you just don't want to shave. You wake up and look at yourself in the mirror and think, "Maybe I'll grow a beard." Then, a day or two later, you realize that your beard makes you look like a caveman. This is because there is that feeling that shaving daily only leads to skin irritation of other kinds, not to mention the hassle of actually having to do it, so you avoid it. You can shave every day and take steps to minimize irritation, rather than let things go. There is a series of steps you can take in order to reduce the risk of skin irritation caused by shaving. It's easier than you think and, if done regularly, will become a ritual before you know it.
Take a shower or wash your face. Warm water will help soften both skin and facial hair, and make shaving a lot easier and smoother. You may also want to consider putting a hot washcloth on your face for a couple of minutes before you shave. To clean your skin and soften your facial hair, try a product like the Gillette® Fusion® ProSeries™ Sensitive Face Wash, which not only cleans and clears away dirt, but also helps soften facial hair to help you get a comfortable shave.
Use a shaving cream that's as full of lubricants as possible. The lubricants help the razor glide smoothly over your skin, and the shaving cream acts as a barrier to keep the moisture on your skin asyou shave. You want to avoid shaving creams with alcohol in them. Alcohol will dry your skin and amplify irritation.
If possible, use a badger hair brush. They're not just for old-time shaving. Using a brush to help apply cream will further act to soften the hair and prepare your skin. No brush? You can use your fingers. Dab on shaving cream in short bursts, like a massage; it will have the same effect. Or you could use a facial scrub to help exfoliate before you shave. Try Gillette® Fusion® ProSeries™ Thermal Scrub.
Sharp blades are crucial. Shaving every day with a broken-down razor is like driving a six-cylinder car with three broken rods. You can do it, but it's going to get rough. You want a shaving system razor that will stay sharp and adapt to the contours of your face, such as the Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™. The Fusion ProGlide is the #1 razor recommended by dermatologists for patients with sensitive skin. Its thinner, finer blades (first four blades) effortlessly glide through hair, for less tug and pull vs. Fusion.
Follow-up. Use an alcohol-free post-shave moisturizer like the Gillette® Fusion® ProSeries™ Instant Hydration UV Moisturizer. This isn't about smelling good; it's about maintaining the moisture of your skin. Dry skin irritates more quickly and products containing alcohol also dry skin. Look for something without alcohol as an ingredient.
A man's skin and his whiskers require daily upkeep. According to Stew Taub, Director of Research and Development at Gillette, a microscopic snapshot of a man's face will reveal 10,000 to 15,000 dense, tough-as-copper-wire hairs growing in as many directions as can be imagined in as many combinations as there are men. Shaving is sometimes a chore, but it doesn't have to be painful. A little bit of preparation and the right mix of lubrication and moisture will help make a great shaving experience.
ANSWERS TO COMMON SHAVING QUESTIONS
Some of the most common shaving-related questions answered
Q: How does shaving affect hair?
A: Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not alter the size or color of hair. Nor does it cause shaved hair to grow back thicker, darker or faster. Shaving does, however, alter the tip shape of the regrown hair, which may initially change the way hair feels as it grows back.
Q: How many hairs are in a man’s beard?
A: A man’s beard typically contains between 10,000 and 15,000 hair follicles, a number that is genetically determined.No new follicles are formed after birth.
Q: Is it better to use hot, cold or warm water to shave?
A: Warm water is best for hydrating beard hair. Soaking in warm water softens hair and causes it to expand, making it up to 70 percent easier to cut. You can also use a facial cleanser or exfoliating scrub, which not only cleans and clears away dirt, but also helps soften facial hair.
Q: What is the difference between shaving with shave gel versus soap and water?
A: Shave gel tends to be less drying than ordinary soap and water. Shave gels help retain skin moisture, making hairs easier to cut. Gillette® ProSeries™ Shave Gels are available in several varieties and have special ingredients to meet the needs of all different skin types.
Q: What is the best way to help avoid razor burn?
A: If your skin is not properly prepared before shaving or if the blade on your razor is dull, you are more likely to end up with razor burn. Make sure to hydrate skin and hair with warm water for about three minutes and apply plenty of shave gel. Also, be sure to change the blade on your razor at the first sign of dullness or discomfort. An advanced razor like the Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ has thinner, finer blades (first 4 blades) for less tug and pull vs. Fusion—to give you a comfortable shave.
Q: Is it okay to let my girlfriend or wife borrow my razor?
A: It’s not a good idea to share your razor with anyone—including your partner. Women have a much larger area to shave and you may find that after only a few shaves, your blade has dulled considerably, increasing the likelihood of nicks and cuts. Tell her to try a razor specifically designed for the way a woman shaves, such as Venus® Embrace™ or Venus® & Olay™.
Q: What is the difference between disposable and refillable razors?
A: The entire razor is discarded when you are through with a disposable razor. With a refillable razor, only the blade cartridge is replaced. A refillable razor incorporates the most advanced blade technology and an ergonomically designed handle to provide men and women with great control and a close, smooth, comfortable shave.
Q: How do I avoid nicks and cuts, particularly above my upper lip?
A: The area above the upper lip is tricky for many men. Always leave it for last. Apply plenty of shave gel and allow this area to soak up as much lather as possible. Shave slowly and don’t apply too much pressure. The Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ includes a redesigned precision trimmer with anti-clogging rinse slots, useful when shaving in tricky places like under the nose.