Posted by menstyleqa on Mar 19, 2012 in Culture & Etiquette | 4 comments
Do you have any advice about shaving or good skincare techniques?
Tip 1: Get a good metal razor instead of a plastic handle with replaceable cartridges. You’ll spend like $30 on the razor one time, a couple bucks a year on blades, and you’ll have a much easier time shaving. The weight of a good metal razor does the work for you. You don’t have to press as hard, which irritates the skin less and makes you less likely to nick yourself.
Tip 2: Use a mild soap. Cake soap with a brush and a mug tends to have a lot less chemicals in it than canned stuff, but if you do go for a can try to stick with something basic instead of a gel. Avoid anything that has astringent alcohol in it, as that will dry your skin out and make it more irritated post-shaving.
Tip 3: Shave smaller amounts at a time. If you’re trying to pull the blade all the way down your cheek in one go you’re missing spots. Two or three short strokes on a small patch, rinse the blade off, then move on and do it again. That way you’re not having to go back and scrape the skin a bunch of times.
Tip 4: Use a mild aftershave (nothing alcohol-based) or just a washcloth with cold water to rub your face afterward. The cold helps tighten the pores up so they’re less likely to get infected or irritated.
Tip 5: Apply a mild face lotion once everything’s all dried and done. This is just a basic skincare step that’ll help keep your skin fresh and clean. You’ll look better and the next shave will be smooth and easy.
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Be sure to check out our guide on skin-care and lotion for men at Real Men Real Style. It includes an audio interview with Jeff Dandurand of Jack Black Skincare, and he’s got some great info!
You may want to watch this good video: A Man’s Guide To Shaving
I came across this article about male skin care problems that Antonio wrote over at Real Men Real Style – http://www.realmenrealstyle.com/facial-skin-problems-men/ This article is in support of the interview he had with Sam Hossa of LEPA Skincare in Austin Texas. Sam gives useful tips on overall male skin care, including how to avoid irritating your skin whilst shaving.
You can listen to the interview via this podcast download link:
I hope this helps!
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