What happens to his skin when a man shaves?
We know a lot about shaving, but you may never have seen the subject from a physical and scientific point of view. Doing so will help you understand irritation and how to prevent it with the proper tools.
What shaving really is
We usually believe that shaving means removing hair. And it is partly true: the razor, with its blades, glides on the skin and easily eliminates the hairs it encounters that resist. It cuts them to the height of the skin (ideally), exactly where they come out.
Obviously this is the point: if it slips on the skin, it passes over it several times (as many as there are passes and brushes made by the subject who is shaving), for this it is important to use a razor and an adequate complement, foam, which protect the skin as the blades and the razor pass. And have a good technique!
It’s not just hair, it’s also leather
We tend to mistakenly believe that the razor pass only shaves the hair, but this is not the case. So what happens when the shaving is not correct? Irritations, of course. But beware: to protect the skin from irritation there are gels, foams and razors with cutting-edge technology, in addition to knowledge and experience.
Go over and over again
Have you ever wondered the total number of passes and passes that involves shaving a beard? By “pass” we mean the action of passing the razor to a new area, where it has not been passed before, and which for this must have protective gel or foam. Therefore, the repetitive passes that we do over an area already worked, which has lost the protective gel and which is therefore more exposed, are reviewed. A lesson: the more we go over an area the more we irritate it, because the skin is affected and unless we apply foam or gel again, it is not properly protected.
What can we do to avoid irritation?
Use good shaving products: advanced 5-blade razor + gel or foam + calming and moisturizing post-shave treatment.
Patience. Shaving quickly (like everything done quickly) is not good. You have to shave the maximum with as few passes as possible, but slowly.
Pro technique and expert hand: a few passes and without applying pressure. Too much pressure from the razor on the skin can cause more harm than good.
Shave after a hot shower: Steam and hot water soften the beard and open pores for better shaving.
Rest: after applying the shaving gel, let it rest on the skin for 1-2 minutes, because this will soften the hair even more and facilitate the work of the blades.
Spare parts: One of the main causes of irritation is a worn refill. If you notice that the blades are slipping less or pulling more than normal, it’s time to use a new head!
Shave your face by removing the foam with one stroke.
Wash your face and see what you like.
Do you need a refresher? Put foam or gel back into those areas and go over.
If you can wear a shield … wear it!
We recommend Gillette’s new razor, Gillette Fusion Proshield, this is your shield! Literally. Look, the most noticeable thing is its new head: with two lubricating strips located before and after the blades, it protects the skin like a shield with each stroke, avoiding the risk of irritation during shaving. It’s Gillette’s most advanced shave today. Here our boys have reflected on it and quickly moved on to the novelty; their theory is that if there is something better, why not use it?
5 mistakes that discredit shaving
Shaving dry and with cold water = risk of irritation
Shaving with worn or oxidized blades = high risk of irritation
Quick shave and pressure = high risk of irritation
Apply an aftershave with alcohol = high risk of irritation
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