Face Shaving Tips

How to Shave Your Face: Back to Basics

How to Shave Your Face: Back to Basics

Whether you’re shaving for the first time or you’re a seasoned shaving pro, there’s always more that you can learn to get a smoother, more comfortable shave. Shaving should be simple – most guys do it almost every day – yet there’s endless debate about how to do it correctly.

With this in mind, we’ve taken on the mental heavy lifting on behalf of men and have compiled this eight-step guide on how to shave your face simply and effectively.

How to Shave Your Face

Follow these eight simple steps to master the art of shaving like a pro:

Step 1: Hydrate

Start by washing your face to ensure your skin is properly hydrated, as this can help to minimise nicks, cuts and irritation while shaving. We recommend that you shave immediately after showering, or even while you’re in the shower.

Hydrating softens your hair, allowing the razor to glide more easily. Use a face scrub or wash to remove oil, dirt and dead skin cells to prepare your skin for a comfortable shave.

Step 2: Apply Shaving Cream

Next, apply a shaving cream to your face, spreading it all over to create a lather and ensure all hairs are hydrated to help improve your razor glide. This can help to protect against irritation such as shaving rash while you shave.

Step 3: Check for Dull Blades

Before you start shaving, check the sharpness of your blade. If it looks dull or damaged, or the lubrication strip is faded, we advise changing the cartridge to ensure you’re able to get the best, most comfortable shave possible.

Shaving with an advanced multi-blade razor, such as one of our Fusion5 razors, is a must for achieving the perfect shave. When you’re selecting your razor, we recommend looking for one with a pivoting handle, spring-mounted blades with a front pivot, a precision trimmer built into the razor cartridge, and lubrication strips.

You can make sure you never run out of fresh, sharp blades by signing up to Gillette’s shave club. When you sign up for one of our shaving subscriptions, you only need to pay for postage and packaging, and you’ll receive blades delivered direct to your door.

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It’s also important to remember that proper razor care is essential for achieving a perfect shave. Dirty, old or worn-out razors can increase the risk of shaving cuts and other irritation. If you’re struggling to achieve light, smooth razor strokes without applying too much pressure, it’s most likely time to replace your razor blades.

Step 4: Use Light, Gentle Strokes

Let your razor do most of the work – light, gentle strokes should be enough. Shaving too aggressively is one of the biggest causes of razor bumps.

Take care not to shave over the same area too many times and always use shaving cream to reduce your risk of shaving irritation.

To get a clean shave across the contours of your face, use a razor that’s designed to cover those hard-to-reach areas. The Gillette Fusion5 ProShield Razor is designed to do exactly that, thanks to its pivoting FlexBall that can adapt to the contours of your face.

Step 5: Rinse Your Blades Often

Rinse your blades regularly during shaving. Never tap your razor against the side of the sink, as this can seriously damage the precisely engineered parts of your razor.

Step 6: Shave Both With and Against the Grain

Facial hair grows in multiple directions, so shaving both with and against the grain can help you to capture virtually every hair. An advanced multi-blade razor will help you to experience a comfortable shave even against the grain.

However, if you’re experiencing discomfort, shave in the direction that feels most comfortable.

Step 7: Edge with the Precision Trimmer

Use the precision trimmer that’s built into the back of any Fusion5 razor or the Gillette All Purpose Styler to get to those hard-to-reach places, such as underneath your nose, and also to define your sideburns.

Step 8: Apply Moisturiser or Aftershave

When you’ve finished shaving, wash your face with cool water and pat it dry. Apply a hydrating aftershave product to replenish moisture and soothe your skin to complete your post-shave routine.

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