Shaving your face is a man's domain. Mostly because if you saw a chick shave her face, it will make you shiver in disgust. We can all agree it is an important grooming regiment. Without shaving, some dudes look like the missing link. Others (ahem, me) give the impression of a teenage boy still wandering through puberty. Shaving helps guys look great and feel awesome. Plus, a razor is far more useful than a tie on Father's Day. Turn to Guyville, the guy gifts expertfor our guide to a close and comfortable shave.
If it hurts to shave, you're doing it wrong!
If you have red bumps or razor burn while shaving, try doing it in the shower. Warm water and steam are more capable of opening up the pores in your face and softening the hair on your chin and neck, compared to the once-over with sink water. Also, be sure to exfoliate your skin to remove all the dead skin cells before you shave. This will lift stubble and smooth skin over time.
Shave tip: Dry your face while you're still in the shower, or else the shaving cream won't stick to your face.
The tools of the trade
A badger hair brush makes a world of difference when applying shaving cream. Not only is it old school cool, but it helps massage the cream into your skin, which raises the hair off your skin while creating a smooth surface for your blade. Try the Traditional Shaving Set with Mach3 Razor.
Shave tip: If you have sensitive skin, make sure your shaving cream/gel is odor free. All those foofy smells are just chemicals that piss off your skin in the form of a white head.
All the right strokes
The blade should shave in the same direction that your hair grows. This prevents ingrown hairs and razor burn. Try the Silver-Plated-Matte Black Shaving Set with Mach3 Razor for a close shave.
Shave tip:If you want a closer shave, re-lather and shave gently across or against the grain.
After-shave is only mentioned because it was a good transitional phrase, not a good product. Just like the perfume added to shaving cream, the fresh sensation after-shave provides is actually an alcohol base that irritates the skin.
Shaving tip: Use a genital facial moisturizer with no less than SPF 15.
If you're on the move, or need an awesome gift for guys, try the Eleven Piece Leather Manicure/Shave Set.