Our top 5 shaving tips
At Cornerstone, we really care about shaving – that’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 5 shaving tips to help you achieve a smooth, comfortable shave every time. 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 spent shaving – that’s over 30 hours a year!
Often neglected by most men, exfoliation plays an important role in preventing shaving rash and ingrown hairs. A good face scrub will remove dirt and dead skin cells from your skin, ensuring a comfortable shave and overall healthier, clearer skin. Be sure to use a face scrub that doesn’t contain any nasty plastic microbeads.
2. Shave After Showering
Shaving immediately after your morning (or evening) shower, will mean your pores are open and relaxed, making it much easier for your blades to glide through smoothly. If you’re in a rush, you can achieve a similar result by applying a warm flannel to your face. Where possible, it’s always best to relax, take your time and enjoy the experience.
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3. Shave with the grain, not against the grain
Your shaving technique makes a big impact on the final result. To achieve your best shave, we always recommend shaving with the grain of your hair – to find your grain, just run your fingers across each part of your beard in all directions. The direction that gives the least resistant against your fingers is with the grain. Shaving against the grain will drag, pull and irritate your skin. And of course, be sure to change your blades periodically.
4. Hydrate and Repair Your Skin
Frequent shaving can cause dry and flaky skin, so be sure to apply a good post-shave balm or moisturiser after shaving to re-hydrate your face. Avoid products containing alcohol, as these can dry and irritate your skin even more.
5. Remedying Nicks and Cuts
In the event you accidentally nick yourself, gently wash the area with warm water and treat with a small amount of vaseline or lip balm. This will shield the bleeding and avoid infection – don’t use tissue paper, as this could irritate the cut and do more harm than good.