The very basics of shaving
Ever think about moving to a warmer state? Florida? New Mexico? Texas? Costa Rica!?! Anywhere to escape the freezing cold air that stings your face sand hands?
Yea... me neither. Growing up in central Pennsylvania gives you a much needed appreciation to endure the northeast winter weather. It can be stressful, or it can be beautiful. If you wear the right clothes and accessories, the temperature becomes less of a problem, and it all depends on preparation. One part of your body that is much deserving of preparation is your face.
Note this you DIY at-home beard shavers! Make sure you prepare your face before putting an extremely sharp razor blade to it. Start off by steaming it with a wet, hot towel, leaving it on for a minute of two. This will soften the hair and open up the cuticle. Next, apply a pre-shave oil and massage in. This is sometimes enough for some people. For the rest of us, we need a little more prep work. Repeat the process with another steam towel and oil application to soften your beard even further. Then apply your shaving cream (preferably warm) in a circular motion and you're ready to put on your red suit and start climbing down some strangers' chimneys!... no really, you can start your shaving now.
TIP: if you have razor burn or irritation on the crease of your neck, shave WITH the grain of the hair. Even if you shave against the grain for the rest of your face, this is an extremely sensitive area. Do not push hard and I repeat, DO NOT shave against the grain here!
Don't forget to follow up with a toner to close your pores and finish with a fancy smelling moisturizer.
Happy shaving from #ThePhillyBarber