How Can You Tell Your Razor Blade Needs Changing?

The closest, most comfortable shave possible relies on razor blades of the very highest quality. A wet shave is only ever as good as the razor being used, so replacing blades regularly is essential.

A quality blade should deliver several close shaves. But while regular replacements are essential, there is very little to be gained from changing a blade while it’s still in great shape. The end of a razor blade’s useful life depends on a range of factors, including how often it is used, the size of the area it is used on and the thickness of the hairs it is shaving.

So when is it time to change a blade? Well, there are some tell-tale signs to watch out for.

 

Pulling and Tugging

A good razor blade should glide over the skin with ease, particularly if the blade is going with the grain of the hairs. But older, blunted blades have a tendency to tug and pull at the skin — causing irritation. Severely worn blades can cause nicks, cuts and rashes, so it’s imperative that they’re replaced the moment they start to feel uncomfortable against the skin.

Rust

Regardless of how well a blade is performing, rust is a sign that a replacement is needed immediately. Not only does rust interfere with the performance of a blade, it can cause serious blood infections if the skin is nicked during shaving.

The Shave Loses Its ‘Closeness’

Nothing delivers a close shave like a quality razor blade. But if that prized ‘closeness’ starts to suffer, it’s definitely time for a replacement. Skin should be soft and completely stubble-free after a shave; if it’s not, the blade simply isn’t doing its job anymore. This loss of performance will often be accompanied by increased irritation during and after a shave.

Prolonging the Life of a Razor Blade

There are ways users can prolong the life of their blades. For instance, repeatedly rinsing the razor after every two or three swipes will stop hair from increasing friction and pressure — both of which can dull a blade. It’s also a good idea to give a blade a thorough rinse after every use, making sure to wash away all remaining hairs.

Water is essential for the cleaning of a blade, but it can also be the enemy. Contact with water can cause steel to rust, so it’s a good idea to use a flannel to dry razor blades after every use.

There are some very effective cleaning solutions for razor blades on the market today. Not only do these solutions sterilise blades, they reduce friction and protect against premature corrosion.

 

Quality Goes a Long Way

Buying a quality blade is always cost-effective, as it will last significantly longer than a cheaper, inferior blade. The Dorco PACE6 PLUS, for instance, has received exceptional reviews in a survey performed by Contract Test Inc. in July 2016. After 16 uses of the blade, around 90 percent of respondents revealed they intended to continue using the same blade. And 77 percent said they were still completely satisfied with the blade’s performance. Crucially, two-thirds of the men interviewed said they would use their blade at least another three times after the initial 16 uses.

Razor blades need to be clean, free from corrosion and as sharp as possible if they’re going to deliver a close and comfortable shave. Looking after blades and replacing them when the need arises will ensure the best possible shave every time.

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Four Reasons to Take up Traditional Wet Shaving

Wet shaving is a one-of-a-kind experience. The sensations of the warm, comforting water and the cool, soothing cream are among life’s simple pleasures.

Certain time-honoured tools are involved in traditional wet shaving, and they include a trusty double-edge razor and some old-fashioned, all-natural cream or soap. It usually incorporates a shaving brush as well, an instrument that can thicken the cream and make it feel even more luxurious. Likewise, aftershave is common with these shaves.

However, in today’s hectic world, many men have never tried a wet shave. Others have given it up in favour of disposable razors or (shudder) electric shaving. But wet shaving offers advantages that perhaps you’ve never stopped to think about. Once you discover or rediscover this method, you might never want to shave any other way again.

1.   Get Smoother Skin

Above all, wet shaving is simply the most effective type of shaving. The hot water softens the hairs, making it easier to dispose of them. Moreover, it triggers your pores to open up, which lets those whiskers fall away more swiftly.

2. Avoid Ingrown Hairs

With wet shaving, you’re less likely to have painful ingrown hairs, which can lead to itchy ingrown hairs. By contrast, electric razors often force hairs back into their follicles, causing them to become ingrown.

3. Reduce Acne

When you use a disposable razor, you probably shave the same spot multiple times. And each time you swipe a patch of skin, you spread your natural oils all over it, which often results in clogged pores and acne.

On the other hand, with a safety razor, you touch each part of your face and neck fewer times. As a consequence, you probably won’t irritate your pores.

4. Pamper Yourself

 

If someone else wet shaves you ? a barber or your significant other, for instance ? it becomes a form of pampering, and you might feel truly energised afterward. Indeed, many European barber shops, salons and spas now offer wet shaves for their clients’ enjoyment. The only trouble is that some customers tend to fall asleep during the shave!

Many people view shaving with an electric or disposable razor as a chore, one more nuisance to get done before going to work, school or a special event. But wet shaving is something else entirely. It’s a process that demands care and attention to detail; some would even deem it an art form. It feels like a ritual, and it can connect us spiritually to earlier generations. In that way, wet shaving can subtly boost your confidence. With an extremely close shave, you’re ready to take on the world.

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6 Tips for Maintaining an Epic Beard

Whether you’re a once-bearded man returning to this nostalgic look or it’s your first time growing a beard, you want to know how to maintain it and what razors to use to create your desired shape. Check out these five tips to guide you through the process of maintaining an epic beard.

Grow Well

1.Let It Grow

If you’re just getting back in the beard-growing game, it’s essential to have patience and grow out your beard. Aim to grow at least one inch of a beard over the course of two to three months so you have a decent amount of hair to shape. To help you get through the inevitable itching phase, use a beard oil or a stubble softener to moisturise your new grown hair.

Groom Well

2. Shampoo and Condition Your Beard

The hair on your beard is the same as the hair on your head, so it makes sense to treat it in a similar manner. You don’t skip washing your hair, so you shouldn’t forgo washing your beard. Neglecting your beard can lead to unwanted bacteria and germs making a home in the hairy fuzz underneath your chin. Also, your hair may get knotted and brittle. That’s why you want to make sure you shampoo and condition your beard at least a few times a week.

Rather than simply lathering it with soap, give your beard the star treatment you give the hair on your head. Opt for a shampoo that moisturises your beard to keep it from getting too dry.

You also want a conditioner that gives your beard the hydration it needs. Consider using a leave-in conditioner to keep in moisturised throughout the day.

3. Polish It Up With Oil

Give your beard the ultimate finished look by combing through it and hydrating it with beard oil. This makes your beard soft so that it’s easier to comb and feels smooth against your skin.

Style It

4. Keep the Right Tools on Hand

Keeping up with your epic beard requires an artillery of epic tools. Okay, maybe not epic, but you certainly don’t want to be without your essential hair-trimming accessories. Have a comb and a pair of scissors on hand to shape your beard, especially if your look mirrors the long beards of the mid-19th century.

Electric trimmers are also helpful tools for shaping your facial beard edges. You can use long and small guards to control stray hairs and for neck hair trimming. Your razors also come in handy for shaving the cheeks of your face.

5. Taper Your Beard at the Neckline

When your schedule is busy, but you want to keep your beard tamed, you need to take steps that reduce your maintenance time. Tapering the hair at the neckline makes it easier to keep up with your epic beard. You also reap the benefit of a look that’s natural so you don’t appear like an eccentric Christmas character from the North Pole. You can use a razor to trim the beard hair on your neck. Concentrate on the area between your Adam’s apple and your collar bone.

6. Keep Your Cheeks in Check With a Razor

Maintaining your beard calls for keeping up with the hair growth on your cheeks. You can keep your cheek hair under control and get a closer shave if you use a razor, such as the Dorco Pace razor range. Make sure you use fresh, sharp blades for a better cut. However, be careful and avoid shaving your cheeks too deeply to keep your look natural.

By following these tips, you can make it easy to keep up with your epic beard. Use the right tools, use a sharp razor, and keep your beard combed and oiled for an epic look.

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4 Tips to Make Your Tan Last Longer

You’ve worked hard for that tan, putting in long hours sunbathing in the local park, wearing shorts every day, or even heading to the Mediterranean in search of some sun. It’s understandable that you want to make your new bronzed look last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help you keep your tan longer.

1. Shave, Don’t Wax

 

There’s a misconception that shaving causes a tan to fade more quickly. The truth is, you cannot “shave” your tan. The act of shaving removes the top layer of dead skin cells, making your skin glow!  However, waxing can cause a tan to fade faster than usual, as it strips away the top layer of skin. That top layer of cells that you’ve worked hard to tan is pulled away along with the hair, leaving you hairless but pale. Hair removal creams can also strip away the top layer of skin, so it’s best to stick to shaving while you’re trying to stretch out your summer tan.

2. Moisturise

When skin gets dry, the top layer begins to form flakes that fall off, exposing the fresh white skin underneath. Keep the top layer of your skin in good condition by applying a moisturiser every day. For best results, bring your favourite moisturiser on holiday with you and apply it every morning and evening. Keep up this routine when you get home to maintain your skin soft and extend the lifetime of your tan.

3. Hydrate Well

 

If you let yourself become dehydrated, all the moisturiser in the world isn’t going to keep your skin in good condition. Keep your skin well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Remember that in summer you sweat more than usual, so it’s important to make up for the water you lose. Keep a bottle of water by your desk and take frequent sips.

4. Fake It Once You’ve Made It

Eventually, your summer tan will start to fade. At this point, you have three choices: take another trip to a sunny climate for a tan top-up, use a sunbed, or use a fake tanning product to supplement your real tan. For many people, fake tan is the most convenient and affordable option. Select a lightly tinted skin product and start applying it as soon as you notice your tan starting to fade — or even earlier if you want to take a proactive approach. Regularly applying a very light fake tan product will help to keep your skin pigmentation even throughout the autumn and winter.

Key Takeaway

We at Dorco think you’re perfect just how you are, but we know some of you love to look tanned. If you’re one of those bronze-loving beauties, we have good news for you: your summer tan isn’t doomed to fade as soon as you return from the beach. The top layer of skin sheds approximately every two weeks, so to ensure that all your skin cells are at the start of the cycle, have a shave and scrub before you tan.  After tan, keep your skin looking bronzed and beautiful by shaving rather than waxing, drinking plenty of water, moisturising every day and — when all else fades — using fake tan to keep your skin looking darker for longer.

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Beard Trends for 2016 and Maintenance Tips

Beards are back in fashion like never before. In fact, there may be more young men with beards than without them. But like all fashion trends, the shape and style of beards in 2016 are slightly different from during previous years.

The overriding trend is for slightly shorter beards. Whereas big and bushy were in for 2014 and 2015, neat and trimmed are leading the way this year. Walk along any street in the UK today, and you’ll see that the beard is still alive and well.

If you want to stay on trend and create a sculpted beard for 2016, here are some eye-catching styles you might want to emulate.

The Classic Short Beard

The short, well-maintained beard is the perfect blend of smart and individualistic. A short beard will also take relatively little maintenance to keep it looking fantastic.

Aim for the hairs to grow to a length of around one centimetre. Any less, and you’ll be in stubble territory. Any more, and you’ll be dangerously close to bushy. For the best look, your short beard should follow the angles of your cheek and jaw bones. It might be a good idea to leave the hairs on your chin a tiny bit longer, since this length will elongate your face and create the pronounced, manly chin you’ve always wanted.

There are some excellent variable-length shavers on the market today, which are designed specifically for maintaining short beards. However, weekly trims at home or at the barber’s will also do the trick. Use a set of fine detailers to create a distinctive line parallel to your jaw, and don’t forget to keep your skin in good condition, too. Moisturising regularly is essential.

Stubble

Stubble is the beard trend that simply won’t go away. However, it always looks best on relatively chiseled faces. Whether you’re still blessed with colour or have gone completely grey, you know stubble never fails to deliver that smouldering, sexy look. Just take a look at George Clooney for proof.

The great thing about stubble is that maintaining it is often a simple matter of a quick once-over with a variable-length shaver. Just don’t let your beard hairs grow longer than half a centimetre, otherwise you’re headed firmly into full beard territory.

Again, you should use the bone structure of your own face to determine where your stubble should start and end. Continue to shave your neck and upper cheeks with a razor, or you could end up looking like you simply can’t be bothered to shave.

The Moustache

Yes, it’s back! After years of derision and parody, the moustache is making a comeback in 2016. Inspired by the emergence of hipster culture, the humble moustache is now back on the upper lip of men all over Europe.

However, the 21st century moustache is a little different to its 1970s cousin. The latest version is part of a beard: The hair on your upper lip should be left around twice the length of the hair on the rest of your face. Before you take the plunge, though, make sure you address your overall style. A moustache isn’t always the way to go if you’re a T-shirt and trainers type of guy.

You’ll need to be patient to grow a great moustache. Allow at least six months for the hair on your upper lip to grow in properly, keep your growing moustache clean, and comb it regularly. Once it grows to a decent length, apply wax to it and straighten it every day.

The ‘Russian’ Beard

While bushy beards are being consigned to the annals of fashion history, there is still a place for the ‘Russian’ beard. This look involves sharp lines and short hair length on the face, but a much longer, straightened section of beard on the chin.

If you want to give your chin definition, or perhaps hide unwanted additional chins, you might find this beard is the look for you. However, you’ll need the ability to grow a full beard without gaps to make it work.

To grow this fuller type of beard, you’ll need to start at least six months beforehand. The majority of the growth will be around your chin, so you’ll have to stop trimming this area completely. As your beard grows, continue to maintain its lines, and create a relatively low line on the cheeks. Don’t be put off if your face takes on an unkempt appearance during the growing process; just keep your beard clean, moisturised and combed.

Once you have the length, your beard should taper off on your chin in the shape of a triangle. To maintain its shape, apply a styling paste to your beard when it’s damp, and blow dry it into shape whilst combing it. This process will make your beard appear longer and help to keep its shape for longer.

Of course, anything goes in the world of fashion these days. Whether you want 1950s sideburns or an ultra-thin goatee, make sure you have the tools and time to maintain your facial hair on a daily basis.

 

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4 Home Remedies That Work Best for Reducing Ingrown Hairs

4 Home Remedies That Work Best for Reducing Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs aren’t just a male thing. If you’re shaving or waxing, then you’re likely to get ingrown hairs, too. The problem with this is that ingrown hairs can make your skin feel uncomfortable. These ingrown hairs are also the culprits behind pimples, and if you have sensitive skin or curly hair, you’re even more prone to getting these unsightly raised abscesses.
Are you tired of seeing them pop up after your hair grows back, but don’t know how you can reduce these irritable bumps? Check out the best home remedies to help women reduce ingrown hairs.

1. Use Aloe Vera Gel to Keep Your Skin Cool

The soothing feel of the aloe vera plant offers near-instant comfort when you’re trying to get rid of after-shave ingrown hairs. This plant has active cooling and anti-inflammatory properties and works as an efficient moisturiser, which makes it ideal for alleviating any discomfort. Use just a few dollops of aloe vera gel — the main component of the aloe vera plant’s leaf — to curtail the swelling that ingrown hairs bring.

2. Take Action With Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has many uses for treating skin, such as fighting dandruff and treating acne. So, it’s no surprise that you can use tea tree oil to treat ingrown hairs. This natural astringent aids in treating ingrown hairs by loosening up the hair follicles. The best thing about using tea tree oil is that you only need a small amount to get big results.

3. Witch Hazel Will Work Wonders

Similar to tea tree oil, witch hazel is a natural astringent that you can use as a method to treat ingrown hairs. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities make it an ideal selection for keeping ingrown hairs at bay. Just apply witch hazel to a cotton pad, and use it to soothe those irritating bumps.

4. Mollify With Manuka Honey

When decreasing the appearance of annoying ingrown hairs is a priority, you can count on the antibacterial characteristics of manuka honey. This anti-inflammatory home remedy includes glucose oxidase, which is an enzyme that makes the honey acidic and a great source for swelling reduction. Additionally, the high content of sugar in manuka honey produces an environment without water, which makes it difficult for the bacteria that gathers in your ingrown hair follicles to thrive. These properties combine to not only relieve your skin from discomfort but keep it clean as well.

Take Preventative Measures to Avoid Ingrown Hairs

How can we prevent the problem of ingrown hairs in the first place? If shaving is mandatory for you, make sure you take care of your tools and prepare your skin. For example, moisturising your skin is key to avoiding ingrown hairs. Make sure you soak your skin with water before you shave and then with lotion after you get rid of unwanted hairs. Additionally, replace your razor before it gets too dull to avoid ingrown hairs caused by dull blades. Dull razors will no longer cut the hair, but rather they will pull at the hair, sometimes yanking from the root. This can irritate the follicle, as well as introduce unwanted bacteria into the follicle.
Ingrown hairs can be a real issue, but you don’t have to struggle without relief. The next time ingrown hairs become a problem for your skin, keep these tips in mind. You’ll be thankful for every day you have with pain-free and glowing skin!

 

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How to Shave Your Bikini Area in 6 Easy Steps

How to Shave Your Bikini Area in 6 Easy Steps

We all know how annoying pubic hair can be: it’s itchy, uncomfortable and a definite no-no when you’re getting ready to don a bikini. If you’re nervous about the pain of a Brazilian wax, you can instead opt to shave your bikini area and get rid of that pesky hair with very little trouble.

1. Trim

If it’s been a while since you’ve bothered shaving your bikini line, start with some small scissors and carefully trim the area you intend to shave. This will make it easier for your razor to get a cleaner shave, and help you avoid nicking yourself in those sensitive spots. Get as close as you can without putting yourself in danger of cutting the skin.

2. Soak

Next, hop in the shower, turn up the heat, and relax for a few minutes. You’re not stalling — you’re allowing the hair time to soften in the hot water. The more pliable your hair is, the more effortlessly your razor will glide across your skin. The heat also opens up your pores, making your skin more receptive to those moisturisers you’ll be using after your shave. Give yourself 5–10 minutes in the heat; then, you can move on to the next step.

3. Treat

Light exfoliation helps remove dead skin build-up around the hair so that you can get a closer shave. Using either a gentle body scrub or just a washcloth, gently massage your bikini line to loosen and remove that layer of dead skin that has built up over time. If you have sensitive skin, go easy on with this step, as the combination of scrubbing and shaving can actually cause more irritation.

4. Lather

Next, you’ll need a quality shaving cream. Creams are much more effective than your average soaps; as creams lather better than soaps, they allow your razor to slide across the skin closely without causing burn. Most shaving creams also contain moisturisers to help hydrate the skin as you trim. When you’re shaving such a delicate area, this is one step you definitely don’t want to skip.

5. Shave

 

Now it’s time for the challenging part. First pick a razor that has at least three blades so that you can get nice and close, preferably one with a lubricating strip for added moisture and gentleness. Then, pulling the skin tight, slowly and carefully shave in the direction your hair grows. This helps prevent razor burn, but it also will not give you as close a shave. If you want to get it smoother, give it another pass, this time going against the grain. Be gentle and don’t press on the razor. You can always do multiple passes if necessary, but it’s better to take your time to ensure a clean shave with no accidental cuts.

6. Moisturise

Once your skin is satisfactorily smooth, pat your skin dry with a clean towel and select a moisturiser to finish up. A light, hypoallergenic body cream is a perfect choice for giving your skin a soft texture, while preventing any inflammation from the shave. Also, remember that it’s preferable to shave your skin at night – this prevents irritation and allows your moisturiser more time to soak into your skin and provide deep hydration.

Shaving your bikini line takes time and focus, but practice makes perfect and after a couple times you’ll be a pro. Now hop into that bikini and hit the beach!

 

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How to Self-Shave the Back of Your Neck

No one has the time to bother with a weekly barber’s appointment. Although some haircuts look better after a few weeks of growth, the back of the neck always looks best with regular upkeep. So instead of wasting your weekend sitting in the barber’s chair, learn how to self shave the back of your neck between appointments.

 

Collecting the Proper Tools

Before trying to shave the back of your neck, you’ll need two mirrors. One mirror should be a large, wall-mounted mirror, preferably located over a sink. The other mirror should be a large hand mirror or a shaving mirror with an adjustable swing arm. It’s best to get a shaving mirror because you’ll have less to hold and a smaller chance that your arms will get tired.

You’ll also need a razor and some shaving gel or shaving cream. What you use on your face is fine, just be sure that your razor is sharp to prevent ingrown hairs. If you won’t commit to shaving the back of your neck every week, get a pair of hair clippers to trim the hairline before you shave.

 

3 Steps for Shaving the Back of Your Neck

1. Stand with your back facing the wall-mounted mirror. Position the other mirror so you can see the back of your head easily. Make sure you’re standing up straight and your head isn’t tilted.
If you have a significant amount of new growth, use clippers to make your first cuts. Start by shaving a horizontal line across the back of the neck, following your natural hairline as well as your previous hair cut as much as possible.
With the horizontal guideline set, rotate the clippers and trim the back of your neck using short, vertical strokes until you reach the horizontal line you just created.

 

2. Check the position of your head again, making sure that your shoulders are straight and your posture is good. If you normally have a rounded hairline, carefully trim the edges of your neckline, making sure that the curves are even.
Rotate your body so you can see one side of your head. Now’s the time to clean up any extra hairs along the side of your neck with the clippers. Check the other side as well, trimming the hairs along the back of your ears as necessary.

 

3. Apply a very thin layer of shave gel or shaving cream along the back of your neck. Be sure not to cover the existing hairline with shaving cream. Use your razor to shave the areas along the back of the neck you just trimmed. Always shave in the direction of the hair growth.
Rinse the back of your neck with cold water and pat it dry with a towel.

 

Getting a Low Maintenance Cut From Your Barber

Trimming your hair regularly will keep your neckline looking tidy, but it may require more time than you’re willing to invest. In this case, talk to your barber and make sure that you’re getting a natural cut along the back of your neck, rather than the standard round or square cut. A natural cut omits cutting off the tail area in favour of a more subtle shape.

A natural neckline should eliminate the need for trimming the middle of the back of your neck. Instead, you’ll just have to trim the sides where the hair tends to grow towards the collar. In these cases, there should only be a few hairs on each side to shave.

No matter what your preferred haircut, knowing how to trim the back of your neck is an immense time saver. It’s also a great skill to have when you want to demonstrate your exceptional grooming habits, such as before a job interview or a wedding.

 

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How to Prevent Irritation When Shaving Your Head

With celebrities like Jason Statham and Ross Kemp embracing a bald crown, the no-hair trend is here to stay. But before trying this style on your own cranium, you need a game plan. A shaved head may be the ultimate low-maintenance hair style, but it does require some basic prep and the right technique to achieve a close shave. Skip these steps, and you can expect razor bumps, skin irritation and ingrown hairs.

Start With the Basic Prep Work

Before shaving your head for the first time, start with a long shower to soften the hair. Then begin with a trim. Use a set of hair clippers to cut your hair so it’s approximately one centimetre long.

If you don’t have a shaving mirror with an adjustable arm, invest in one. That way, you’ll be able to see the back of your head easily. You’ll also be able to avoid shaving the same area twice, which is akey cause of general skin irritation.

Don’t own a set of clippers? Consider going to a barber for your first shave. That way, you’ll only need to shave regularly to maintain your new look.

Establish Your Regular Shaving Routine

Prior to every shave, take a hot shower and then cover your scalp with a shaving cream or shaving oil. Wait about five minutes to let the hair soften fully.

Shave with a sharp razor that has at least three blades. Start with the front of your head, and shave with the grain of the hair. Apply very little pressure when shaving, and let the blade do the work. Rinse the razor after every stroke.

Create an orderly pattern when shaving to avoid shaving over the same spot twice. Save shaving the back of your head for last because that area tends to have the coarsest and thickest hair. Don’t stretch the skin, which can cause ingrown hairs. However, look down when shaving the back of your neck to get an even shave.

Now examine your head carefully. If you want a closer shave, you can repeat this process, except this time you should shave against the grain of the hair. However, if you have curly hair, coarse hair or sensitive skin, you greatly increase the risk that you’ll cause ingrown hairs if you shave again.

Finish With Some Shaving Aftercare

Once you’re done shaving, splash some cold water on your scalp and gently towel the area dry. Use an alcohol-free aftershave balm or lotion to soothe the scalp. Also plan on moisturising your scalp regularly. Look for a moisturiser with SPF unless you want a freckled head.

On the days you’re not shaving your head, use an exfoliating face wash on your scalp to prevent ingrown hairs. Look for something with chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, to increase skin cell turnover. After your scalp is clean, apply your moisturiser to protect the newly exposed skin.

Address Persistent Skin Irritation

Some minor scalp irritation is common after your first shave. To prevent aggravating your skin, wait a few days before shaving again, but make sure to moisturise and wash the scalp daily. Most men wait one to three days between shaving sessions.

However, if you follow these tips but still end up with regular razor bumps, you may want to visit a dermatologist. Depending on the cause of your scalp woes, the dermatologist could prescribe a retinoid for better exfoliation or a hydrocortisone to minimise existing irritation. Sometimes a topical antibiotic is necessary to eliminate acne-causing bacteria from the scalp.

Shaving your head means you’ll never need to use conditioner again, but don’t mistake low maintenance for no maintenance. Give your scalp the same level of care as your face, and you’ll have a spot-free scalp that’s worthy of leading-man status.

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A Woman’s Guide to Shaving Your Face

While many women won’t admit it, shaving their face is a regular part of their hair removal routine. Most women have some peach fuzz on their face and, as we age, that hair can become longer and more plentiful. This guide will fill you in on everything you need to know to shave your face with ease.

1. Don’t Use Your Leg Razor

While it doesn’t seem like it would matter, don’t use the same razor you use to shave your legs or other body parts for your face. You don’t want to mix dead skin and bacteria from one area of your body to another. You also run the risk of getting unsightly nicks and cuts when using the same razor. And those nicks and cuts can lead to skin irritation, ingrown hairs and possible infection. Try Dorco Eve that has three blades, a vitamin-E moisturizing strip that will soften and protect the face. It will give you a close, smooth shave that will leave your face feeling buttery soft.

2. Ingrown Hairs May Be a Problem

Anytime you shave you run the risk of in-grown hairs. The friction caused from shaving may leave you with the unsightly hairs on your face. Properly prepping your skin before you shave can help prevent the hairs from forming. Shaving in the direction your hair grows is another way to cut down on ingrown hairs. Also, exfoliating regularly helps keep the unwanted hairs at bay as it removes the dead skin that is the foundation for them to form.

3. Lather Up and Shave

Outside of removing unwanted hairs, shaving is an excellent way to exfoliate the skin. Before you start shaving, thoroughly wet your face to soften up the hairs to make them easier to remove. If you really want to soften and prep your skin, place a hot towel on your face for a few minutes before you begin shaving.

Next, lather the gel shaving cream of your choice all over your face. You want to shave in the direction your hair is growing while limiting the number of passes you make. Shaving in the direction of the hair growth will help cut down on any ingrown hairs. After shaving in the right direction, complete one pass in the opposite direction to get the closest shave possible. Finally, rinse your face and moisturize to keep your skin feeling creamy and soft.

4. Try Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a professional procedure used to exfoliate the face. While not specifically meant to remove hair, hair removal is one of the side benefits of the procedure. Dermaplaning works by taking a straight edge razor or special scalpel, holding it at 45-degree angle to your face and using it to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.

It is not recommended you try dermaplaning at home. You likely won’t be able to get the exact angle needed to properly exfoliate your face, and you may end up hurting yourself since you won’t know how deep you need to go to remove the top layer of skin. Use dermaplaning as a nice addition to your regular shaving routine, but leave it to the professionals.

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