Despite daily practice, most men still struggle to get the perfect shave. Getting a close, clean shave takes time and effort. To make matters worse, poor shaving techniques can cause skin irritation, ingrown hairs and even cuts. 

Shaving your face doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are a few ways to make this part of your routine easier on you and your skin:

1. Prep your skin

First things first, wash your face! Avoid using harsh soaps and invest in a face cleanser that softens your facial hair. For the best results, leave the cleanser on your face for 60 seconds before rinsing. 

2. Open up your pores

The steam from the shower opens up your pores and softens your skin, so aim to shave in the shower or right when you get out. If there’s no time to shower, soak a washcloth in warm water and press it to your skin, or hold your face near a sink full of hot water. 

3. Don’t skip the shave gel

Shave gel adds a protective layer between your skin and the razor blades to prevent the friction that causes irritation. It also hydrates your skin and softens your facial hair for a closer shave.

4. Shave with AND against the grain

Let’s settle this once and for all: facial hair grows in different directions, so you need to shave in more than one way. Start by shaving in the direction your hair grows to minimize razor burn, then shave against the grain for a closer shave. Remember to shave gently and let your razor do the work.

5. Rinse your blade

Thoroughly rinsing your blade helps get rid of any lingering bacteria that can transfer to your skin. Make sure to soak or rinse your razor in hot water to clean out buildup so the blades glide over your face more smoothly. 

6. After you shave, rinse your face with cold water

Wash your face with cold water to remove excess shaving cream from your skin. Just like putting an ice pack on after an injury, this can reduce inflammation and irritation.

7. Apply moisturizer or aftershave

The final step is to apply a hydrating aftershave lotion. This helps prevent irritated skin, ingrown hairs, and keeps your skin from drying and becoming flaky.

Following these simple steps will make shaving your face easier. What did we miss? Leave your best shaving tips below!