2. Cleanse Your Face
You should wash your face both before and after shaving. Washing before shaving helps to soften wiry hairs, making them easier to cut through, and it’s essential to cleanse when you’re finished to remove any leftover shaving foam or gel from your face.
We recommend using hot water on your face and neck to easily wash away any remaining hairs. Make sure you haven’t missed anywhere, then move on to the next step.
3. Splash with Cold Water
Let your tap run cold and splash your face with cold water. This serves several purposes. Firstly, it’ll close up your pores, making it harder for excess oil, dirt and bacteria to clog up the skin on your face; Secondly, it’ll help to soothe any shaving-related cuts or irritated patches. And lastly, it’ll make you feel a whole lot more awake!
4. Gently Dry Your Skin
Next, dry your face and neck off with a towel. It’s essential to use a clean towel to prevent any germs or bacteria ending up on your face, and make sure you’re being gentle to reduce the risk of irritation.
5. Apply Aftershave
The final step in your post-shave routine should be applying aftershave. Not only will this help you to smell great, but it can also have added benefits for your skin.
In fact, this stage is so important, we’ve compiled some more detailed advice on applying aftershave below.
What Kind of Aftershave Should I Use?
You should always think about your skin type when choosing an aftershave product. You’ll probably already know whether you have sensitive, dry or oily skin – but if you’re unsure, speak to a dermatologist. Different skin types need very different kinds of care, so it’s important to be aware of yours.
Aftershave Balm vs Aftershave Lotion
You’ll need to decide whether an aftershave balm or aftershave lotion suits you best. You might usually go for a balm because that’s what your dad or grandad used, or you might not feel like your shave is complete without that distinctive pinch that comes from using an aftershave lotion.