Shaving Tips for Teen Guys
Shaving Tip 3: Prevent Cuts
Truth is, you’ll probably cut your face a few times when you first start shaving; every guy cuts his face at some time. But here are some safety tips on shaving with a disposable or safety razor:
- The best time to shave is after taking a warm bath or shower to make your skin hydrated and soft.
- At the bathroom sink, splash warm water on your face to stimulate your skin before applying shaving cream or gel. This will make it easier for the razor to make contact because the hairs will stick out some.
- Lather up! Apply shaving cream or gel (without alcohol) on your face. The shaving cream or gel produces lather, which helps protect the skin as the razor cuts the hair.
- Go with the grain of your hair, not against it. For most guys, whiskers on the face grow down. So shaving downward on the face removes most of the hair. Shaving against the grain (or upward) can cause rashes or red bumps.
- Don’t rush. It’s very important to shave slowly and gently. Let the razor blade do the work.
- Don’t push down too hard with the razor. If you do, you're likely to cut your face. It’s better to go over a part of the skin twice -- lightly -- than to press down hard. Ouch!
- Use soft, short strokes on your jaw and chin. Again, don’t apply too much pressure.
- Ask your mom or dad to get you an antiseptic styptic pencil. To use: dip the white pencil in water and then apply it to any nicks or cuts to stop bleeding immediately.
- Change razors or blades frequently. A dull blade can irritate your skin and cause rashes. You are also more likely to cut your face with a dull blade.
- After shaving, wash your face with soap and water. Then follow up your shave with a face lotion or moisturizing aftershave product. This will help prevent your skin from drying out. If you’re heading outside, be sure to apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 (higher if you have fair skin).