Face Shaving Tips

How to Shave Your Face: A Guide to Men’s Shaving

How to Shave Your Face: A Guide to Men’s Shaving

How to Shave your Face – Face Shaving Tips For Men

It’s a new day, and now is the perfect time to get ready and start something great. Learn how to make the perfect start to the day, and shave your face properly, by reading our tips below.

Whether you’re shaving for the first time or you’re a seasoned shaving pro, we have some tips on how to get a smoother, more comfortable shave. Shaving should be simple — we do it almost every day — yet there’s endless debate about how to do it correctly. So, with that in mind, we took on the mental heavy lifting on behalf of men and came back with an eight-step guide on how to shave your face – simply and effectively.


Man washing face

Step 1: Hydrate

First, hydrate your face to help minimise nicks, cuts, and irritation while shaving. We recommend that you shave immediately after showering, or even 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, preparing your skin for a comfortable shave.

Apply shave cream

Step 2: Apply Shaving Cream

Apply a shave gel or foam – lather it up and spread it all over to help hydrate hairs, improve razor glide, and help protect against irritation such as shaving rash while you shave. Learn more about why you need shaving cream, and the differences between shave gels and foams.

Check for dull blades

Step 3: Check for Dull Blades

Before you begin your shave, be sure to check the lubrication strips. If they look faded or worn, or if the blades feel dull while shaving, it may be time for a new cartridge. See our guide on how to care for your razor.

Man shaving with Gillette Fusion ProShield

Step 4: Use Light, Gentle Strokes

Use light, gentle strokes, letting your razor do the work. A heavy, or agressive, shaving technique is one of the biggest causes of razor bumps and shaving rash. And when it comes to getting a clean shave on the contours of your face, use a razor that has been designed to cover the hard-to-reach areas. The Gillette Fusion5™ ProShield is one razor designed to do just that. It has a a pivoting Flexball that adapts to the contours of your face.

Rinsing Gillette Fusion5 ProShield

Step 5: Rinse Your Blades Often

Rinse your blades often. Remember, don’t shave without shaving cream, or over-shave the same spot, as this can cause irritation. Tapping your razor against the sink can seriously damage the precisely engineered parts of your razor.

Shaving against the grain

Step 6: Shave Both With and Against the Grain

So, with or against the grain? The answer is both. Facial hair grows in many directions so you’ll shave both with and against the grain at different times in your routine. Shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. An advanced multi-blade razor like ProShield will help you get a comfortable shave even against the grain.

Trimming under nose

Step 7: Edge with the Precision Trimmer

Use the Precision Trimmer on the back any Fusion5 razor to get those hard-to-reach places like under your nose and to define your sideburns.

Apply moisturiser before or after shave

Step 8: Apply Moisturiser or Aftershave

Wash your face with cool water and pat it dry. Rub in a hydrating aftershave to replenish moisture and soothe your skin.

Man smiling after shaving

You have just mastered how to shave your face!

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