Shaving is generally a daily must-do for the men in our lives, and yet it’s all to often undertaken in a haphazard manner – resulting in maladies including ingrown hairs, redness, and irritation. In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, we’re providing some reading material to help dads (and other VIPs in your life) up their game when it comes to the art of shaving:
Think warm. A barber softens up your beard with hot towels. An easy way to get this effect at home is to take a steamy shower right before shaving.
Wash your face – but don’t use just any soap. Use a gentle facial cleanser like Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser. A facial cleanser can help soften the protein in hair, while a harsher soap can wash away stubble-softening oils.
Exfoliate. You don’t have to do this step every time, but exfoliating a couple of times a week removes pesky dead skin – easing ingrown hairs and helping you get your smoothest shave. Actifirm Z-Peel, which uses natural enzymes from the Japanese Mucor Miehei Mushroom, is a foolproof choice that gently lifts dead cells without harming living skin.
Use a shave cream or gel. Lather up with the product of your choice and let it sit for a couple of minutes. This helps soften up the hair further, making for an easier shave. To pass the time, brush your teeth or comb your hair.
Change your blade often. Experts recommend changing your razor blade out every week or two. It’s better to switch out a less expensive single blade razor with frequency than hold onto a more expensive multi-blade setup for longer. Leave straight razors to the pros – they require more skill and injury is a real possibility.
Go with the grain. Although shaving against the direction of hair growth can give you a closer shave, it comes with increased risk of ingrown hairs and razor burn. Figuring out the pattern of growth has a learning curve, as beard hair doesn’t typically grow in one direction. Get to know the nuances of your facial hair, and your skin will reward you.
Rinse with a cool splash. Think of it as a soothing cold compress to soothe your skin.
Hydrate and Moisturize. A serum followed by a gentle moisturizer with exfoliation and anti-aging properties is the perfect way to finish a proper shave. Try Actifirm Renovation Serum followed by Actifirm Actimoist Booster for quick treatment with visible benefits.
Happy Father’s Day – we hope you’ll take the opportunity this weekend to spoil the dads and father figures that you love!
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