A clean-shaven face makes you look instantly put together—which is why you know to shave before important events, like an interview or a wedding.
Another reason to go fuzz-free? Your partner won’t complain about being left with abrasions after a long make-out session. But nothing brings down the allure of a newly shaven face quite like those razor bumps or rough patches.
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"The key to a close and comfortable shave every time lies in the preparation, the technique, and the aftercare,” says Kiehl's Spa 1851 Master Barber Justin Virgil.
First, soften up your skin and hair by showering before you shave or using a pre-shave oil (or both).
Lather your whole face and begin shaving in short strokes, moving in the same direction that your hair grows. Note that hair often changes directions on the neck and lower chin areas.
If necessary, lather again and make another pass going across the grain.
When you’re done, splash your face with icy cold water. “This tightens your skin back up and closes the pores,” says Virgil. “It also soothes the skin.”
TIPS & TRICKS:
1. Store your blade in a bit of pre-shave oil or use a razor shield product to preserve the life of your razor.
2. Avoid shaving against the grain, as it can cut hair below the skin and cause ingrown hairs or more serious infections, not to mention pain and discomfort.
3. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs or have sensitive skin, use a disposable razor or cartridge no more than five times before switching to a new one. This will maximize results and minimize cuts and irritation, Virgil says.
This article originally appeared in Men's Health US.