When it comes to male grooming, nothing divides people more than the subject of facial hair.
Everyone has an opinion on whether men look better clean shaven, sporting a bit of stubble or with a beard that could rival Father Christmas.
Choosing which you prefer is not always down to style, as many men find the process of shaving uncomfortable and unpleasant.
The combination of razors and chemical laden products can cause the skin to become sore and sensitive.
Many men have therefore decided to steer away from shaving and let nature take its course instead.
However, if you have decided to brave the shave then there are ways to protect your skin including using natural shaving products that are far gentler.
A guide to men’s shaving: how to shave
Shaving is supposed to be a mundane, everyday task that is simple and straight-forward, and yet many men are never shown how to do it properly.
Learning the correct techniques can help you to avoid many of the problems that come with it, and make your facial hair choices and management much easier.
First hydrate your skin
The first step, which is easy to overlook, is to hydrate the skin, which is why doing it as soon as you get out of the shower is a good time.
This softens the hair, ensuring that the razor will glide more easily across the surface of the skin.
Using a face wash will remove debris from the skin to make it as comfortable as possible.
You can then use a natural shaving cream like the Dr Organic Ginseng Shaving Cream all over the area as this will improve the razor glide and provide a cooling effect.
Choose your razor
Your choice of razor is always important, as you need something that will provide a close and easy shave. The Naked Necessities Brown Wood Razor has a specially designed handle to give you superior control, whilst the head contains a comb which directs the hairs that pass through it to avoid clogging.
When you shave, make sure you use light, gentle strokes along the contours of your face, and rinse your blades frequently.
Try to avoid shaving over the same spot as this can irritate and do not be afraid to go both with and against the direction of hair growth to make sure you get every hair.
Once you have finished, wash your face and pat it dry instead of rubbing it.
Moisturise after shaving
You will then need to hydrate the skin again with a gentle moisturiser to replace anything you have stripped away from the skin and soothe any areas of sensitivity.
What men’s shaving products should I use?
There has been a massive rise in natural and vegan shaving products, meaning there is now something for every part of your shaving routine.