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How To Get a Close Shave

By Jim Peterson


Millions of persons are faced with getting rid of unwanted hair, and everybody seems to be in search of how to get a close shave. Getting a close shave is not as easy as one might believe. It's not as simple as splashing several water on your skin, lathering up the shave gel, and taking out the razor. The skin must be prepared, the proper shaving gel, cream or lotion must be used and adequate post shave care must be taken.

Shaving can be traced back to the early Egyptians, who were known for bathing several times a day and removing unwanted body hair using a clamshell. I'd guess that they probably weren't able to get a close shave with such a primitive tool!

For both men and women, it's important to prepare the skin before attempting to get rid of the hair. The first step is choosing a proper shaving gel. This will be one that lathers well and remains on the skin's surface. You should massage the gel into the skin instead of simply spreading it on fast. Remember that hair does not all grow in the same direction, so making a few passes over the skin with the razor held in different directions will provide a close shave.

Professional barbers concur that the amount of blades on a razor does not guarantee a better job will be done. If the skin has been prepared correctly, there is no necessity for a double or triple blade razor, a single blade razor will allow you to receive a close shave with no trouble at all.

Once the skin has been shaved, it should be rinsed with cool water. It should never be rubbed, but instead patted dry with a clean towel. What you may not be aware of is that a close shave not only removes unwanted hair, but can also get rid of two layers of skin!

For this reason, it's wise to apply a balm-like after-shave product. Alcohol or perfume based after shave products are likely to irritate the skin. If you have a tendency to suffer from razor burn or razor bumps, using a cream that has 5% benzoyl peroxide should soothe the irritation.

Because we're all different, you'll have to experiment with different shaving gels and creams to determine which one works best with your skin kind. Remember to always a sharp blade, as a dull one will simply drag along the skin and cause irritation.

And never shave right after waking in the morning. The first thing in the morning your skin tends to be puffy, and a close shave will be near impossible. Waiting approximately 30 minutes subsequent to rising from bed will allow the skin to return to its natural, non-puffy condition.

With a little practice and patience, you to can enjoy a close shave.



How To Get a Close Shave

Even though shaving is a task that is boring, time-consuming and sometimes frustrating, millions of people are faced with getting rid of unwanted hair, and everyone seems to be in search of how to get a close shave. Getting a close shave is not as easy as one might think. It is not as simple as splashing some water on your skin, lathering up the shave gel, and taking out the razor. The skin must be prepared, the proper shaving gel, cream or lotion must be used and adequate after care must be taken.

Shaving can be traced back to the early Egyptians, who were known for bathing several times a day and removing unwanted body hair using a clamshell. My guess is that they probably weren't able to get a close shave with such a primitive tool!

For both men and women, it is important to prepare the skin before attempting to remove the hair. After you have chosen a proper shaving gel, this will be one that lathers well and remains on the skins surface; you should massage the gel into the skin instead of just spreading it on quickly. Remember that hair does not all grow in the same direction, so making a few passes over the skin with the razor held in different directions will provide a close shave.

Professional barbers agree that the number of blades on a razor does not guarantee a better job will be done. If the skin has been prepared correctly, there is no need for a double or triple blade razor, a single blade razor will allow for a close shave.  

Once the skin has been shaved, it should be rinsed with cool water. It should never be rubbed, but instead patted dry with a clean towel. Many people in pursuit of a close shave are not aware that the act of shaving not only removes unwanted hair, but can also remove two layers of skin! For this reason, it is wise to apply a balm-like after-shave product, instead of one that is alcohol or perfume based, which are likely to irritate the skin.  If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from razor burn or bumps, using a cream that contains 5% benzoyl peroxide should soothe the irritation.

By experimenting with different shaving gels and creams, some people even prefer to use shaving oils, you will be able to determine which one works best with your skin type. Remember to always use a sharp blade, as a dull one will just drag along the skin and cause irritation, and never shave right after waking in the morning. The first thing in the morning your skin tends to be puffy, and a close shave will be near impossible. Waiting approximately 30 minutes after rising from bed will allow the skin to return to its natural, non-puffy state. With a little practice and patience, you to can enjoy a close shave.

© 2007 Jim Peterson


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