Shaving Essentials for Men

Shaving is a part of most men’s daily grooming routine. But although most shave regularly, not all of them invest in the proper shaving products. In some cases, their shaving kit would only include a razor and a shaving cream. This may be practical and less costly for them but if they want to have that perfect shave every time, maintain healthy skin and prevent skin irritations associated with regular shaving, then they need to invest in a few shaving essentials. Apart from knowing the proper shaving technique, here are some shaving essentials that should be in their shaving kit:

· Razor – Using a quality razor is important because it will not only give you a close shave but will also make shaving easier and faster. A dull razor does not only make you prone to nicks and cuts but it also makes the whole shaving process longer because you may need to repeat the process several times before you get the clean and close shave that you prefer. A quality razor may cost more than disposable ones but it is a good investment because it lasts longer and offers better results.

· Shaving cream – It helps reduce the friction between the blades of the razor and the skin. It helps in the lubrication and makes the razor glide softly on the skin as you shave. You can also use a shaving brush which helps moisten the cream and helps spread it around the area where you intend to shave. An alternative to cream is a shaving gel which can also be found in most stores.

· Facial Wash – The use of facial wash is important because it cleanses the skin and removes the grime or oil. It helps prepare the skin for a smoother shave.

· Aftershave – The antiseptic agents that most aftershaves contain help prevent infection especially when there are nicks and cuts. The cut in the skin can be infected if an antiseptic is not applied. There are aftershaves that contain natural oils and ingredients that are suitable for those who have sensitive skin.

· Moisturizer – Some men not pay much attention to putting on moisturizers because they think that it is unnecessary. They couldn’t be more wrong. A moisturizer provides the hydration that the skin needs especially after shaving. They also help keep the skin supple and help prepare the face for the next shave.

Shaving is an important part of any man’s grooming routine and having the right tools can help one achieve that perfect shave that does not only make them look appealing but also help keep their skin healthy.


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Skin Irritation, Ingrown Hairs and Other Grooming Concerns

Good personal hygiene is essential not only because you want to look and feel good but most importantly because of its positive effect on your overall health. Hand washing prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria that cause different kinds of illnesses. A lot of people unknowingly spread viruses and diseases simply because they fail to wash their hands after handling something unsanitary. Regular brushing and flossing keeps our teeth, mouth and gums healthy. Trimming of nails get rid of dirt that have accumulated underneath our nails.

We all have our own grooming routine that we do each day. Although the length of time may vary, the purpose is the same – to make ourselves look and feel good and maintain a clean and healthy body.

Shaving facial hair is an important part of a man’s grooming routine. Shaving helps one have smoother facial skin and makes him look more appealing. A man applying for a job is likely to get more attention than someone who hasn’t shaved in days. Although most men are familiar with how they should shave, most of them still encounter problems every now and then.


The most common problems that men encounter whenever they shave are:

· Razor burn. This is characterized by red rashes that occur a few days after shaving. It is caused by dry shaving, applying too much pressure on the razor and shaving too fast.

· Ingrown hair. This occurs when hair strands grow back into the surface of the skin. It can sometimes be mistaken for acne because of the inflammation on the skin. One can prevent ingrown hairs by shaving carefully and by not shaving too close (don’t pull the skin while you shave).

· Nicks and Cuts. We all know what happens when we do things carelessly. The same thing applies to shaving. When you shave too fast or you are not paying attention to what you’re doing, then you’re most likely to cut your skin. This is not only unsightly but painful as well. If you are pressed for time and you need to be somewhere as soon as possible, then you can consider shaving some other time.

When it comes to our personal hygiene, be it bathing, hand washing or shaving, it is important that we invest in the proper grooming products. There are a lot of commercially available grooming products that we can choose from such as facial wash, bath soaps, shaving creams, moisturizers, hair brushes and razors. Nicks and cuts as well as skin irritation can be prevented when one avoids dull razors when shaving. I always make sure that my husband gets to use a sharp razor every time he shaves. It does not only get the job done but it also prevents cuts on his face.

Good personal hygiene also requires a certain level of commitment. You have to set aside time each day to do everything that you need to do if you want to maintain a healthy and clean body. Most grooming problems such as skin irritation and ingrown hairs can be addressed if we know what to do and we have the right tools to do them.



Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for the Art of Shaving, however, all the points and views are my own.