5 SHAVING TIPS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

It’s estimated that male facial hair grows between 125mm and 150mm per year, adding up to an average of 3000 hours of a man’s life shaving- that is indeed 125 days of your life spent shaving. 

Since it’s a task that you are going to be doing so often, you might as well learn all the tips and tricks to hopefully ensure you get the job done quickly and easy. The guys at Cornerstone [www.cornerstone.co.uk], a flexible subscription service for men’s shaving supplies, know a thing about shaving so here are five shaving tips you should know about to ensure you start your day right.

EXFOLIATE 


If you want a smooth shave you need to start with the basics: preventing ingrown hairs and removing dead skin cells. Pick a scrub that doesn’t contain any nasty plastic microbeads and use it two to three times a week to get an even closer finish.

SHAVE AFTER SHOWERING 


If you’re in a rush you are more likely to put too much pressure on your skin, miss some spots and cut yourself, so take your time. To save some precious minutes, what you can do is shave immediately after you shower as the steam will open your pores, perfectly priming your face for shaving. Plus, your stubble will be softened from the warm water making it that much easier for the blades to cut through it.


AVOID BLUNT BLADES 

An old blade will only cause you razor burn and skin irritation. It’s false economy if you think you’re saving money by using an old, blunt razor. All you’ll end up doing is causing skin irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs, which will lead you to go buy products to remedy the damage! Make sure you have a fresh set of blades ready for when your current blades become dull. With Cornerstone’s flexible and convenient subscription service [www.cornerstone.co.uk/subscribe], you won’t have to worry about buying new blades as they will sent some fresh ones straight to your door just when you need them - because who has time to go to the shop for replacement blades?

HYDRATE AND REPAIR YOUR SKIN
 


Shaving can dry your skin and cause irritation, so avoiding a moisturizer can save you a couple of seconds every morning, but it will do more harm than good in the long run. To soothe and re-hydrate your skin, choose a post-shave balm or moisturiser, but make sure it doesn’t sting! If it does, it’s probably because it contains alcohol, which ironically only dries and irritates your skin even more.

SHAVE WITH AND NOT AGAINST THE GRAIN


Shaving techniques can make a big difference. To achieve a clean shaven look, we always recommend going with the grain. Going against is a definite no as it’s more likely to cause skin irritation as well as ingrown hairs as you end up cutting hair too short, which is more likely to grow back under your skin and cause shaving spots. When you shave with the grain, the razor won’t drag or pull your skin giving you a closer (and less painful) look.

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