1. Wet, wet, wet:
The wetter the facial hair, the easier it is to cut. Instead of just splashing some water on your face, have a shower (preferably with warm water) first. Then, dab off excess water before applying shaving cream.
2. Give it time:
Wet the shaving brush with warm water before applying shaving cream on it. Go for shaving creams with moisturisers and lubricants. Leave the lather on your face for a couple of minutes before you shave.
3. Keep it sharp:
Using a dull blade usually leaves you susceptible to cuts, so make sure you invest in a sharp blade. Disposable blades are best avoided, but in case you do use one, make sure to get rid of it after a single shave. ‘Disposable’, remember?
4. Go with the flow:
Never shave against the direction of hair growth, as it can cause rashes or in-grown hair. Rinse your blade with warm water regularly and use gentle strokes, not putting too much pressure on the blade. In case you’re going over any area twice, make sure you moisturise it again.
5. Post-shave precautions:
Once you’re through, rinse your face and pat (never rub) it dry. Although alcohol-based aftershaves are immensely popular, they can often lead to skin irritation. Go for an aftershave moisturiser to soothe your skin.