(this area is well covered
by books and magazines, so I'll just cover the basics)
If you're starting from a beard, trim
hair with clippers or scissors. Electric clippers are best for
Wash thoroughly with warm water and
There are a lot of different shaving
creams out there, experiment, but look for products with Dimethicone,
Vitamin E or Aloe.
Apply shaving cream a few minutes before
shaving to soften hairs.
Be sure to use a sharp blade. And try
out some of those fancy new razors designed to move with your
face's contours and have multiple cutting blades.
When shaving, stroke an area no more
than twice to reduce skin irritation. Shave with the grain and you will experience the least amount of irritation.
First rinse the face with cool water
to close the pores. Then be sure to clean the area afterwards
with soap and water to reduce the risk of irritation.
Practice good hygiene after shaving,
washing your face at least twice a day to reduce sweat and oil
A very reasonable alternative is an
electric razor. For many folks with sensitive skin this is the
best alternative. Be sure to use a pre shave lotion, or baby
powder to prep the beard. Then wash up well after. You may choose
to also apply an after shave.
about shaving and acne:
if you have acne and need to shave an area, try both an electric and a safety
razor to see which is more comfortable. When using a safety
razor soften the hair with warm soap and water and then shave
as lightly as possible - always start with a sharp blade.