Posted 15 October 2008 - 12:46 PM
Posted 15 October 2008 - 03:11 PM
Also instead of using a razor what about trying to use a machine buzzer. I have one at home. Will that work well/?
Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:38 PM
Posted 22 December 2008 - 06:54 AM
So I switched razors like Dan said, I used the Gillete Sensor Excel and i get zero razor bumps now. It's a LOT better with fewer blades to cause irritation.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 06:11 PM
Why don't more guys use it?
Posted 09 January 2009 - 10:44 PM
Posted 13 February 2009 - 12:57 PM
Some people experience problems with shaving such as rash, bumps and ingrown hairs, these can be greatly reduced with the right shaving techniques.
Preparation before the shave
Fill the sink with hot but not boiling water and dip your face in the water for about a minute, you can take breaks but try to ensure your face is submerged in the water for about a minute total. The hot water will soften the beard and make it easier for the blade to cut the hairs.
I use a regular shaving gel, I'd never use cleanser but some find it ok.
Gillette shaving gel is fine in my experience, I find that using cleanser doesn't offer enough protection for me, shaving gel allows the blade to glide over your face with minimal irritation. Dan Kerns recommendation of blade the Gillette sensor excel is an excellent blade, it causes the least irritation in my experience though some prefer a single blade while others prefer 3, I think it depends on the density of your stubble. Use a good amount of gel and massage it in to your beard for about 30 seconds.
Always shave with the grain of your beard
This is possibly the most important point so far, it's essential that you shave with the grain on both your face and neck NEVER SHAVE AGAINST THE GRAIN. Be extra gentle and only apply a very small amount of pressure to the blade, imagine you're shaving a balloon. Also NEVER pull your skin, this forces the hair further out and once the blade cuts through it, the hair will slip beneath surface level which can cause the hair to ingrow.
Take only one stroke on each part of your face, this will help minimise irritation and stripping your skin of essential moisture. Rinse the blade after every stroke.
Avoiding active spots
As you'll know shaving over an active spot can make it much worse, it's a good idea to shave around the spot and gently remove the hairs around it.
Post shave instructions
After shaving it's time to do the regimen as usual, however I find it's good practice to use either AHA or Sudocrem in addition to prevent any irritation the next day. AHA gentle exfoliates the pores and helps prevent ingrown hairs. Sudocrem works brilliantly at preventing infection and irritation, it's my number one choice after shaving.
If I wet shave then I do so at night, this allows me to use EXTRA moisturiser and sudocrem and I don't experience any irritation the following day.
How often should I shave?
I find shaving every 2-3 days is optimal for me, shaving every day is just too much and leaving it any longer than 3 days causes me too itch which irritates my skin. Experiment and find your own skins optimal shaving routine.
What if shaving still causes irritation?
If you've tried all of the above and can't manage to shave without causing irritation it might be a good idea for you to try a beard trimmer, this is without a doubt the least irritating way to shave in my experience and everybody who I've recommended it to has also reported zero irritation. I use a philishave 6 in 1 beard trimmer and it leaves no irritation at all. Note: Shaving with a beard trimmer will leave behind a slight stubble but that's ideal for me.
I'd love to hear your tips for a perfect shave without irritation.
good stuff my man ,, but what do u think of shaving cream instead of using AHA ?
Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:52 PM
The problem with cartridge and electric shavers is, you can only control one variable, that being the razor itself (because you have no choice of different blade with the cartridge system). When you can manipulate the other variables properly, you can have a much more comfortable shave, which can be as close or as far as you want, with as much or as little irritation as you can tolerate.
With a safety razor, there are hundreds of different blades to choose from and they are of much higher quality, less expense and superior sharpness than the gillette refills.
In terms of plain ol' cartridge razors, the blades themselves are usually poor quality and they only have one make, so you don't have much choice. The Sensor Excel was the best one for me because it has only two blades and is a fairly simple device. Even still when compared to a safety razor, the excel is too hasty and rough, I find it to be unpleasant and too close, too quick. More blades will irritate, and trying to take all your hair off in one go will also irritate!
Technique is also an important factor. For me, for a long while when i was using the Excel i only did one pass with the grain. This was because if i did any more i would cut myself and my skin would look horrible. Only problem with this is, i would hardly go very close.
If closeness is desired, It is definitely in your best interests to draw out the shaving routine and do multiple passes, one with the grain, one/two across in different directions and only then against the grain (if your face can tolerate it).
I dont mean to discount pre-shave preparation, of course it helps but if your carving out your face with sandpaper its hardly going to make much difference.
I therefore HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking up wet-shaving and using a safety razor/double-edge razor. The difference between these and cartridge shavers or electric razors, is like the difference between a manual and an automatic gear system on a car.
For more information (where i discovered all this):
start here first>
(he pretty much summarises all that you need to know in video format) (focus on technique and blades, than worry about lather, IMO)
www.badgerandblade.com (a good shaving forum)
www.shavemyface.com (another good shaving forum)
(this is a book i bought written by one of the guys from badgerandblade.com, it mostly contains information derived from the forums and various other places)
personal shaving experience:
I like most shaved with cartridges for most of my life till about 6 months ago, when i discovered- out of concern for the environment rather than anything else (throwing away endless amounts of used cartridges), the safety razor and the cut-throat. I consistently had problems with cartridge shaving. I never enjoyed the process, always found it painful (would cut myself without failure) and i found that my face needed days to recover (from acne, white heads, scars) from the 20mins worth of butchering i had administered to it afterwards.
I was one of probably many young men, who never really learnt how to shave. My style was purely improvisational, since nobody ever taught me any of the time-tested techniques that barbers use in their shops.
Now i rarely shave against the grain (only when i want to go really close). I hardly ever cut myself. My face is beaming with clarity and color and i can shave as often or little as i want (though i do find shaving with some routine to be beneficial for skin- think exfoliant).
I implore you, do yourself a favour and watch the youtube videos at least!!!
I CAN HARDLY STRESS THIS ENOUGH, SHAVING MATTERS!!!! ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WANT TO CONTROL YOUR ACNE!!!
PS. They should have a dedicated shaving section on these boards. There are whole websites dedicated to shaving, dealing with each and all the many facets.
hope this helps!!
Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:38 AM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 02:14 PM
I've got a question in regards to aftershave.
From what i've been informed, directly after shaving you should rinse your face with cool/cold water to help close the pores (especially people with sensative/acne prone skin.)
Now the big question that i have is whether or not i should use an actual aftershave? It appears that the two big purposes of an aftershave are to disinfect(i know that's not the proper word, but to carefully manage your skin which has just been shaved and could possibly be damaged) and to moisturize and soothe your skin...
So my question is, could i just use a facial moisturizer as aftershave? Or would it be more beneficial to use an actual aftershave?
Keep in mind that my biggest concern is the prevention of acne from shaving. So would it be recommended to just use a non-comedogenic moisturizer for very cne prone skin, or an actual aftershave?
Any help would be greatly appreciated as i'm very new to this.
Posted 06 March 2009 - 06:11 PM
Same result as a bladed razor without the fucking about and irritation.
.......just a thought.
ugh i hate blades.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:25 AM
Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:53 PM
Are you wet shaving or using an electric?
Posted 23 April 2009 - 10:30 AM
I only shave after a shower or a bath. When I am done showering or bathing I then apply a very generously amount of Jojoba oil and start to shave with a single edge razor. After I am done I lean my head into the shower and rinse, and thats it! I don't even need to moisturize.
The problem is to apply the Jojoba oil, I fill up it on the tip of my fingers and try to smear it around but it usually drips through and such. I think you know what I mean, if it only were a bit more 'creamy'. Will not work good if you got a big beard though, only regular shaving.
Posted 13 May 2009 - 07:22 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 10:16 AM
Posted 02 August 2009 - 10:52 AM
Hold a flannel which has been dipped in hot water to my face for 30 seconds or so.
Then I apply shaving cream with a shaving brush.
Then shave in the direction of the stubble. I only shave each area with one stroke of the razor.
Apply shaving cream with shaving brush again.
Then shave across the grain of the stubble - not against. Again, I only shave each area with one stroke of the razor. I miss my throat out this time as it's very sensitive there.
Then I wash all the mess off my face with warm water and apply some aftershave balm. I leave it on for as long as possible before washing it off.
I only use a standard razor. I used to use Gillette M3, but I found the only difference between that and a standard razor was that it glided a lot better. It made no difference to my stubble.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:46 PM
Posted 29 September 2009 - 05:32 PM
Nivea aftershave for sensitive skin
1-2 times a week (only 18)
with grain (usually)
These are the only products that I use on my face/neck. No acne treatments.
I tried shaving against the grain on my neck, and it didn't seem to irritate it at all. Not a single ingrown hair. Weird.
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