1. NOT PUTTING IN THE PREP TIME
Rushing a shave or putting a razor to dry skin is destined to damage your face. Make sure you take your time – preferably after a shower when the pores are open and the skin is softer. Always use a decent amount of shaving foam to make the razor glide better.
2. SHAVING AGAINST THE GRAIN
Do you tend to get ingrown hairs after shaving? Your technique might be to blame! It’s not uncommon to think that one should shave against the grain, but it’s always best to shave in the same direction as your hair grows. It reduces the risk of cuts and skin irritation.
3. USING LONG STROKES
Ever go from the neck to your cheek in one go? Please stop! Long strokes can build up product and hair in the blade, which leads to bad results. Use short strokes and wash the razor after every swipe.
OO4. SKIPPING THE AFTER-SHAVE STEP
Shaving removes dead skin from your face, leaving it susceptible to bacteria and dryness. Always wash your face with warm water after a shave, then moisturise with an after-shave balm and day cream. Hydration is key!
5. RE-USING THE RAZOR OVER AND OVER
Old razor blades build up bacteria and even mold(!) after too many uses. So, don’t be stingy and cheat yourself from a fresh blade. Make sure you change disposable razors weekly.