You’ve probably been shaving for years, which means you’re probably very familiar with the proper shaving etiquette, such as knowing shave in the direction of hair growth rather than against the grain and which shaving gel or cream is best for your face. What about the blade you are using? Do you know how your skin type affects your results? We bet you never thought about shaving for your skin type. Razors and other shaving equipment are not the same thing – not all men have the same skin type. What is good for the man with harder skin may not be good for the man prone to rashes and razor bumps because he has sensitive skin. Assess your skin type (please stop shaving with old razors) and get perfectly groomed with our top shaving tips.
A note on a good shave label
Some necessary tips that Mark Sproston (aka The Shave Doctor) shared with Men’s Health UK for before and after shaving care, whatever your skin type.
- A three-blade razor is only best when using shaving oil as it helps the razor glide
- Use a good quality shaving cream instead of foam or gel to prevent rashes or razor burn
- After shaving is finished, spray warm water on your face before applying any moisturizer or aftershave balm, as the hot water opens your pores and allows the product to be absorbed deeper into your skin. .
If you have sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, you’re probably prone to rashes, bumps, and razor burns, which is why dermatologists recommend shaving with a safety razor. The other razors you use on your skin might not do anything for the smooth result it promises. “All of those 4, 5, and 6-cartridge razors end up removing too much skin and natural oils, leaving your face prone to rashes, bleeding, and rashes,” Dr. Terrence Keaney, director of W for Men in Washington Institute of Dermatological Laser Surgery, says Men’s Journal.
Keaney recommended trying Bevel, which is a brand specializing in sensitive skin. The razor produced by the brand is a stainless steel (almost antique-looking) safety razor, which the company sells with a badger hair brush, as well as shaving cream, aftershave and pre-shave oil for sensitive skin.
If you have dry skin
If you have dry skin, the secret to getting a good shave is preparing your skin before you shave. Shaving irritates dry skin more because when you shave, you scrape off the natural oils. In order to avoid or reduce this, the best time to shave with this type of skin is right after taking a shower, says the American Academy of Dermatology, because it makes hair softer and easier to shave. After, use shaving oil to hydrate your skin just before you shave. As for what type of blade is best for dry skin, any brand or type you prefer will do, Lucero says.
If you have oily skin
Oily skin is probably the best type of skin to have when shaving. “Fat is the most resistant – [guys with it] can use anything, âMoses Lucero, co-owner of Denver Steel + Lather Barber Co. tell men’s health. Lucky for you, you can use any razor you like, as all of the natural oil that is in your hair follicle makes shaving easy and hassle-free. Maestro, owner of MaestroShave in Chicago, also told Men’s Health that before shaving, apply a pre-shave oil right after you get out of the shower, which will allow the hairs in your cup to come off easily.
If you have normal skin
Lucky for you if you have normal skin – you don’t have any sensitivity, your skin isn’t too oily or too dry – in the words of Goldilocks, that’s right. With normal preparation and instructions, you shouldn’t have any issues with a razor, whether manual or electric, as either will do the job with your skin type.