Face Shaving Tips

Your Step-by-Step Post-Shave Routine

Your Step-by-Step Post-Shave Routine

Your shaving routine shouldn’t end with the last stroke of your razor. Whether you’ve been shaving for years or you’re doing it for the first time, following a post-shave routine can be the key to smooth and youthful skin.

Although applying moisturiser and aftershave are both good steps, protecting your skin over the long term should involve more than that.

Here’s our step-by-step guide to good habits to get into after shaving:

1. Choose the Right Shaving Products

When you use shaving products that don’t suit your skin, irritation such as shaving rash and razor bumps can all be more likely. Avoid this by choosing a razor blade and a shaving gel or foam that suits your skin type. Our SkinGuard Sensitive range is designed specifically with sensitive skin in mind. To reduce the risk of irritation during and after your shave there’s something to suit all skin types at Gillette.

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.

It’s all down to personal preference, but if you fancy a change or don’t currently use any kind of post-shave product, here’s a little insight into the pros and cons of balms vs lotions:

How to Use Aftershave Lotion

To get the most from your aftershave lotion, start by applying just a few drops to your hand, then gently pat (rather than rub) the lotion onto your face and neck. Allow it to settle on your skin and it will work its magic. If your aftershave lotion is a spray rather than a cream, you’ll still need to apply it in the same way.

Most aftershaves contain alcohol to help disinfect and refresh your skin, but be mindful of the ingredients if you have especially sensitive skin.

Remember that different types of aftershave have different scents, so think about what you’re comfortable smelling like for the rest of the day before you buy or apply an aftershave lotion!

What Does Aftershave Balm Do?

Aftershave balm works in the same way as aftershave lotion, but it can be a lot gentler to apply to your skin. If you have sensitive skin, we’d always recommend going for a balm over a lotion to help prevent any stinging.

Apply just a small amount of aftershave balm to your hands. Gently rub it, then apply it to your face, working from top to bottom – don’t forget your neck either!

Balms can feel kinder to your skin because they don’t tend to contain alcohol, but always check the ingredients list before you buy to make sure you’re giving your skin the level of care it deserves.

Get into Good Post-Shave Habits

Try to get into the habit of taking just a few minutes every day to care for your skin after shaving. Whether you usually shave in the morning or at night, you’re at home or on holiday, it’s vital to give your face and neck a little extra TLC afterwards. Cleanse, moisturise and soothe your skin to keep it looking and feeling smooth and fresh.



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