Updated: Apr 20, 2019
Over the weekend a friend of mine asked me if it was possible or if there was a product that could make your shave last longer. He was interested in keeping a close shave for as long as possible throughout the day. Unfortunately I told him that no such product exists. I explained to him that your body constantly produces hair throughout the day and unfortunately the hair on your face grows the fastest.
I went on to tell him that if there was such a product that could make your shave last all day we would be buying it by the cases and selling out the same day. It got me thinking that many men would love for their shave to last all day and have their face look like it does at 9 AM at 5 PM. But unfortunately unless you're a young boy that has not yet hit puberty this is simply impossible.
So what can you do as a man to keep your shave looking fresh all day long? The first and most important thing that you can do is to get the closest shave possible in the morning. This means taking the time to get a really close shave and not rushing through it as a last-minute thought. You are also going to need some important tools to achieve this close shave that you desire.
The first will you're going to need is a sharp razor. If you want to get the closest shave possible you need the sharps razor possible. A dull blade is not going to give you the close shave that you want and will most likely nick and cut your face. In fact using a dull blade is one of the main sources of ingrown hairs, razor burn and cuts on your face and neck. One way to ensure that you have a sharp blade is to replace your blade every 5 to 7 days. Some men might need to replace the blades more often if they have thick or course facial hair. Other men might be able to stretch out a blades life to up to 10 days, but anything past that is not recommended for closest shave possible. There are a few ways that you can extend life of your shaving blade. If you are interested in learning some of these methods please check out my article "how to keep your shaving razor sharper and last longer."
So now that we have a sharp razor what else can we do to get a closer shave that will last longer throughout the day? The next tip in obtaining the perfect shave is to either shave in the shower or right after you get out of the shower. The warm steam and water helps soften the hairs on your face. This will allow your razor to cut the hairs more easily, thus getting a closer shave with less irritation.
The next step in the shaving process and usually the most forgotten is applying a men's pre-shave oil. Believe it or not the majority of men have never even heard of a pre-shave oil. They are familiar with oil for their car, the oil that their french fries are cooked in, and the oil they use to fix squeaky doors, but they've never heard of the oil that provides them with a closer shave and less irritation. The average facial hair is as hard as an equally sized strand of copper and equally as hard. So it's no wonder that running a blade through a sea of copper wires can be irritating to the face. Using a pre-shave oil prior to applying shaving cream or gel helps soften the hairs on your face. The softer your facial hair is the easier it is for your razor to cut them. Using a pre-shave oil is as easy as can be applied a few drops the palm of your hand, rubber hands together and apply to your face. Now let the pre-shave oil set on your skin for about 30 seconds to a minute to allow it to penetrate and soften your beard hairs. Now you are ready to apply your shaving cream or gel.
Now onto the bread-and-butter of your shaving experience, shaving cream or shaving gel. Choosing the right shaving cream were shaving gel might be the most important choice you make for your morning shave. If you're still using a can of shaving cream that your father used in the 1930s you are not going to get a close shave that you want.
Shaving creams have come a long way since the days of foam out of a can. Gone are the days of using toilet paper to stop the bleeding for all the cuts you get under neck and face from shaving. Your face is paying for the money you save by buying $.99 shaving cream from the grocery store. These cheap grocery brands use industrial chemicals that are more useful at stripping paint from the wall and providing a service for your blade to glide on. I find that this is usually the weak link in the majority of men's shaving procedure. Most men have no problem spending $20 on the newest shaving razor they saw on TV, but balk at the idea of spending $20 on a high quality shaving cream with ingredients that you can actually spell. It doesn't make sense to use a $20 shaving razor with a $.99 can of shaving cream. A high quality shaving cream will protect your skin from irritation and razor bumps as well as provide moisture that your skin needs while you are dragging a razor across it. So do yourself a favor and get yourself a high quality shaving cream, this will cut down on your daily irritation from shaving and provide you with a closer shave.
So now you have a close shave, you're looking good and are ready to face the day. So you go through the majority of your day with your shave looking good and you feeling on top of your game. By now it's 3 PM and you are getting that dreaded shadow on your face. Even though you got a really close shave this morning your body is still producing hair which is causing your mid afternoon shadow. So what can you do to eliminate the shadow and make it through the rest of your day with a close shave. Obviously it is a little tough to take a shower and go through your entire shaving procedure at work. So the only real option you have unless you are willing to break out your razor and shaving cream at the office is to pack an electric razor in your briefcase. While you are not going to get as close of the shave as you would with a razor and shaving cream, you can still get a pretty close shave with some of the newest electric razors out on the market today. Which kind or brand of electric razor you choose is a personal decision, but most of them on the market do a pretty good job of giving you a close shave. You can get an even closer shave using an electric razor by using an electric pre shave solution. An electric pre-shave solution works by making the hairs on your face stand up straight and making it easier for the electric razor to get close to your skin and cut the hair as close to the face as possible. Using an electric pre-shave solution is very simple and not messy at all. You simply apply it to your face, let it dry for about 10 seconds and then shave normally with your electric razor.
So now that you know all of our tips and secrets to getting a close shave and maintaining a close shave throughout the day, we expect you to look clean shaven late into the day and to fight that nasty five o'clock shadow.
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