Posted Sep 29, 2009 in Beauty & Grooming | 3 Comments

Bumps Away!

Man Shaving

While shaving the other evening preparing for another hot night on the town, I realized that we haven’t discussed the dos and don’ts of grooming with you our readers.  Most guys think that the fact that they have been shaving since the age of 13 makes them an expert on the topic.  If that were the case, then most guys wouldn’t be walking around with ingrown hairs, razor burn or irritations due to their lack of technique.  Maybe what I should really say is their lack of information.

Ingrown Hairs

As most black males will tell you (actually anyone of curly hair descent) shaving can be a bitch!  What’s worse is treating those unsightly and often painful razor bumps once the foam has cleared. Here are a few tips and products that I have found quite effective in the quest for the ultimate smooth shave.

Firstly, make sure that your razor is sharp!  A dull or cheap razor does way more damage than good. I like the Schick Quattro Titanium.

The key to a close shave is softening the hairs.  For this reason I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil as a pre shave moisturizer.  Yes the one that you drizzle over your favourite pasta or salad.  Not only does it soften the hairs but olive oil is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Airshave 160z

After about 10 minutes of absorbing, I put on Tend Skin Air Shave Gel.  Along with the olive oil this dry shave gel helps the razor to glide with ease.  Remember to: 1) shave in the direction of your hair growth (which for some is neck to chin) and 2) you don’t have to scrape or nick your skin to get a close shave (this just will just cause further irritation).

Tend Skin

After a facial scrub (once a week) and a deep cleansing after every shave (which for me is about every three days), I towel blot my face dry and apply Tend Skin Liquid. This post shave miracle has saved me from many embarrassing facial complications due to shaving and clears them up almost immediately.  Really try to stay away from non-hydrating soaps and those which contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS).

Art of shaving ingrown hair night cream

Finally, to seal the deal you must moisturize.  Depending on your skin type there are many moisturizers available for you to choose from. Unless you want to look washed up by age 35, you’ll heed this warning.  At night when hair growth occurs, try The Art of Shaving Ingrown Hair Night Cream.  This moisturizer really does help release the trapped hairs.

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