Face Shaving Tips

How to Know When to Shave for the First Time

How to Know When to Shave for the First Time

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of when a guy should start shaving. Some will notice their first facial hair from as early as aged nine, while others won’t get any until their late teens. Most guys in the UK (85%) first notice facial hair between the ages of 12 and 16, and 76% shaved for the first time between 14 and 17.

We discovered this during a survey we placed among 3,738 men across the world aged between 16 and 21 in 2018 as part of our continuous efforts to understand our consumers and how we can improve our shaving products for them.

If you’re impatient for your facial hair to grow so you can shave for the first time, remember that everyone develops in their own time, so just wait until you’re ready.

Where Does Facial Hair Grow First?

This is the order that facial hair tends to grow in:

  1. Upper lip
  2. Sideburns
  3. Chin
  4. Cheeks
  5. Neck

teenage boy with facial hair on his upper lip and chin


Around the same time, you’re likely to start growing chest, armpit and pubic hair too, while the hair on your arms and legs will begin to look darker and wirier. To learn everything there is to know about manscaping and managing your body hair, check out our complete guide to body grooming.

When to Shave for the First Time

You’ll know when you’re ready for your first shave. The first facial hair that you grow will probably be more like fluff than thick beard hair, and lots of guys like to shave this off. However, you might want to see how much of a beard you can grow, and wait to shave until your facial hair is a little thicker.

When you first try to shave, we recommend our Gillette SkinGuard Sensitive Razor for younger, more sensitive skin, as it’s specially designed to protect your skin from the blades, for a more comfortable shaving experience.

If you’re wondering whether to wait for your first shave because of problem skin, our SkinGuard Sensitive Razor has been certified by the British Skin Foundation as suitable for sensitive skin, so you won’t need to worry. Here’s some more detailed advice on shaving with acne.

How to Shave for the First Time: 5 Simple Steps

Follow these five steps on your first few attempts at shaving, and you’ll have soon mastered your shaving technique:

  • Wash Your Face

Have a shower just before you start shaving to hydrate, clean and soften your facial hair – this will make it much easier for your razor blade to cut through.

  • Prepare Your Skin

Get your skin ready for the razor by applying shaving gel or foam all over the area you’re going to shave, making sure you work up a really good lather.

Shaving gel tends to be richer than foam, so use our SkinGuard Sensitive Men’s Shaving Gel for your first shave and see how you get on. It doesn’t contain any dyes or alcohols, so it’s ideal for sensitive skin. Read more about the differences between shaving gel and foam here.

  • Get Shaving

Use your razor to take light, gentle strokes down your face. Our SkinGuard Sensitive Razor has a little bridge between the blades to minimise pressure so blades press less on sensitive skin.

  • Rinse as You Go

Rinse your face well after you are finished to ensure all shave gel or foam is removed.

Remember: never tap your blade on the side of the sink and don’t wipe it on your towel. Doing either of these can damage your blade, making nicks and cuts more likely.

  • Moisturise

Give your face and neck a final rinse, then moisturise to soothe and hydrate your skin. Our Gillette Aftershave Moisturiser can do both of these jobs, and you can learn more about what makes the perfect post-shave routine here.

Make Getting into Shaving Hassle-Free

Make shaving completely hassle-free by subscribing to Gillette’s shave club, and you’ll get everything you need to get into shaving properly delivered to your door in a handy starter kit.

Give it a go and you won’t have to worry about remembering to buy fresh blades. And you’ll also get access to exclusive offers too.

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2019-03-29 12:13:38By Gillette



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