7 Tips For a Great Shave and a #SmoothSummer

**Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I have a love/hate relationship with shaving. Always have.

I love the feel of a smooth, clean shave (especially in the summer!), and I also love getting a little creative and silly with my facial hair on occasion. Lauryn loves it too! Ok, maybe not… [see fig 1, 2, and video]


Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Fig. 2

But in the end, scraping a sharp metal object across the sensitive skin of your face everyday is pretty much torture. Especially for someone like me who has a thick, coarse beard that takes some effort to remove. Razor burn, nicks, cuts, and irritation are the foes that we men battle every time we pick up the razor to eradicate that unwanted hair in pursuit of the perfect shave for a #CoolSummer.

Every face is different, every beard is unique, but here are a few common tips that will make your morning battle a little less bloody, and much smoother:


1. Choose the right razor. In the 19 years I’ve been shaving, I’ve tried just about EVERY razor that exists. Disposable, 1-blade, 5-blade, and even (gasp!) electric razors. Then the Gillette Mach3 made its debut and I was hooked. Best shave ever. Then to the next level with the Mach3 Turbo and I’ve been using it ever since. Every now and then, I would stray for a special deal here and there, only to return to the Mach3 Turbo, time and again. But Gillette has taken a giant leap in razor technology with their new PowerBall razor. Yes, lots of great blades (just like my beloved Mach3). Yes, a moisturizing comfort strip (just like the Mach3). BUT this razor moves like no other! In addition to the swivel of the razor head forward and backward, the PowerBall allows you to pivot side to side as well. Duh! I mean, you’re face isn’t square, right? This is brilliant. This razor hugs your face, staying in close contact with your skin and not coming at your face from the wrong angle. Awesome, right?


(Ps. Picked mine up at Walmart. Lowest prices around, as usual.)


2. Choose the right cream. You’d think all shaving creams are the same, but you’d be wrong. Sure, spend under a dollar for the bargain shaving cream, and your face will pay for it! Try a nice shave gel, put it in your hand, but don’t lather it until you put it on your face. Not too much, but not too little. You don’t want to clog your razor with gel, but you need to make sure it’s not a dry shave too.

3. Choose the right frequency. There is a sweet spot when it comes to shaving. Shave too often and you’re stripping off the top layer of skin cells on a regular basis and your face will scream at you. Wait too long between shaves and it’s a painful experience as your long stubble clogs your razor and diminishes its effectiveness. For me, it’s a twice a week undertaking My beard grows fast, but I also work in a business casual environment, making a 5 o’clock shadow perfectly acceptable. Experiment with your cadence and find the sweet spot that works for you.

4. Go in the right order. I never shave without coupling it with a shower. I used to shave directly after a hot shower, the thinking being that the hot water opens your facial pours a bit and allows you to get a smoother shave. Not true. For years I toiled under this fallacy. Now, I shave directly before my shower. I wet my face, apply shave gel, shave, and hop in the shower. Then after the shower, apply aftershave moisturizer. Why? Your face needs a minute to recover after shaving. Clean it up, wash it down, then moisturize. The recovery time is key.

5. Use the right water. This one is still a little tough for me, but if you want to avoid razor burn, don’t use hot water. A tough pill to swallow, but way better than a bunch of irritating red bumps all over your face!

6. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. When you shave, not only are you removing the hair from your face, but you’re also removing skin cells! Shaving regularly really dries your skin out, so if you want your face to be smooth and kissable (and let’s be real, that’s the real reason we all shave), end your shaving routine with a healthy application of aftershave moisturizer.

7. Keep it fresh. You can’t shave with a dull razor. Period. Change your razor cartridge regularly, keep it clean between shaves, and don’t let the moisture strip dry out.

Everyone needs a clean shave now and then. It’s rejuvenating, invigorating, and confidence building. Try these tips out to make the most of your shave, then go out and make the most of your #smoothsummer!

Thanks to #CollectiveBias for sponsoring this shop.


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**Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

About Ben Blakesley

Ben gets the inside scoop and reaps the benefits of all the Vintage Mom posts - one of the many perks of filling the role of the Vintage Dad. Outside of editing Lauryn's blog posts and offering many unheeded opinions, Ben is a musician, writer, social media advocate, and connector of people. But only when he's not playing with the kids. :-)

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  1. Figure 2 has me cracking up, still! These are great tips! I’m going to pass them along to my husband, and one of these razors! #client
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