If you're still winding up with nicks, bumps, and stubble, pay attention...

There's a better way to lose the whiskers and not end up looking like Norman Gunston. 

Here is how to get the perfect shave in 6 easy to follow steps...

Man Shaving

1. Prepare.

The key to the perfect shave is to prepare your skin. If possible shave during or just after a hot shower. 

Alternatively, soften whiskers with a hot damp face washer, pressing over the contours of your face for 20 seconds. The heat and moisture helps soften the beard and prepares the skin for the shave.

2. Apply a pre-shave oil.

Designed to protect the skin from the razor blade, the oils softens the whiskers of the beard and helps the blade glide smoothly, so reducing irritation and nourishing the skin. 

Work a little oil into the face and beard before applying your shaving cream.

The smoother your face, the less likely it is that your razor will drag and create burn.

3. Apply shaving cream.

Using a shaving brush helps to create a rich lather and lifts each individual whisker, coating the whiskers and helping to give the smoothest shave possible.

4. Shave with or across the grain of your beard, not against it.

Shaving against the grain is the main cause of irritations and razor burn.

If you want to go closer, shave sideways—from left to right and back again—before finishing against the grain. 

Rinse the razor regularly and use good quality blades, remembering to replace the blade often. A dull blade is a common cause of razor burn and irritation.

5. Moisturise.

After shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close the pores of the skin.

Pat dry with a clean dry towel and apply a soothing and moisturising aftershave balm.

The best ones have soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, and Tea-tree oil. 

Steer clear of those containing alcohol, which dries and tightens skin.  

6. A final trick:

Swirl your shaving brush in baby powder and massage it onto your face, your face will be as smooth as a baby's bottom.

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