Shaving Face: The Manly Art of Shaving

November 30, 2013
by Michael Barber
Shaving Face: The Manly Art of Shaving

It's about time to trim up that Movember growth under your nose. Think about this for one second, you're using a razor-sharp blade to trim off any noticeable hair from your face to look nice, neat, and trimmed. Now could there be any issues associated with that? What could possibly go wrong? Shaving can be a dreadful activity, especially if you need to do it on a daily basis. You lather up, gently run your razor down your face, and, oops, you nick or cut yourself. There must be a better way! If you learn some basic safety guidelines, shaving might become less nerve wracking.

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Use a Sharp Blade

The number one way to stay safe while shaving is to use a clean, sharp blade. If your blade is dull or blunt, it can make your face red, cause razor burn, and leave unshaven patches on your face. A dull blade can even cause you to cut or nick your skin. Change your razor or blade on a regular basis to make shaving safer and cleaner. You may wish to change to an electric razor if the blades continue to bother your skin. An electric razor won't give you as close a shave, but it may prove safer for your skin in the end.

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Use Shaving Cream

Shaving dry skin can cause you to nick or cut yourself as easily as shaving with a dull blade. To avoid this, lather up with a good shaving cream. There are several on the market to choose from, so read the labels carefully, and choose one for your skin type. Be sure to check the ingredients, as it may contain something that irritates your skin.

Dispose of Your Razor Properly

Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to dispose of a razor. The blade may be dull by standards of shaving, but it is still sharp enough to do damage to anybody that unexpectedly encounters it. The best way to safely dispose of a razor is to find a plastic container that can be sealed tightly so that the razor is contained within. Mark the container as contaminated, making it easy to read in bold letters. When you are ready to discard this plastic device holding the razors you should use masking tape around the box or bottle to secure it safely. You can now safely dispose of the item in your trash receptacle.

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Avoid Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are not very fun to deal with. They can and do leave unsightly marks on the skin looking a lot like an acne flare up. They are caused by freshly cut hairs that actually grow back into your skin. One of the easiest ways to help avoid this issue if you find it a problem is to use an electric razor which is not as close a shave to begin with. If you are still seeing an issue, contact a dermatologist for help. He can prescribe a proper treatment and method for you to use when shaving.

Yes, there are certain risks associated with shaving, but following some base guidelines will help keep you safe. And keep you from looking like a Halloween train wreck!