Shaving your Face

  • Little_Spoon

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    Jan 11, 2012 12:09 PM GMT
    I'm tired of this irritating shave. I have Seacret aftershave for men and it has been perfect, but the medium for my shaving isn't really "making the cut." It's irritating as heck to shave.

    What do you shave with?

    What shaving cream do you use?

    I need close and comfortable.
  • mikey_101

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    Jan 11, 2012 12:31 PM GMT
    Little_Spoon saidI'm tired of this irritating shave. I have Seacret aftershave for men and it has been perfect, but the medium for my shaving isn't really "making the cut." It's irritating as heck to shave.

    What do you shave with?

    What shaving cream do you use?

    I need close and comfortable.


    I just use clippers once every 10 days or so.... I'm a scruffy bastard, but get very few spots or irritated skin now.
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    Jan 11, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    I use an electric shaver. Blades cause my face to get all blotchy and break out in blemishes. Blades give the closest shave, and I'll use one right before a special occasion, but for daily use it's the Norelco.

    Foil shavers like the Braun or Panasonic shave the closest of the electrics, but are fragile with my tough beard, and so I like the durability of the Norelco rotary (but get a top model, over $200). I've never had a Norelco fail on me, like other brands have, and I only buy a new one when a significantly improved model is introduced.

    I do have to shave twice a day, in the evening again if I'm going out, because a Norelco rotary doesn't get as close as a blade. But it takes less than a minute to swipe the thing across my face, no more inconvenient than brushing my teeth before I go out. And my skin is never irritated or blemished.
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    Jan 11, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    I hear you.... I am trying to take more pride in myself this year and clean up my face and style my hair.

    Blade vs electric razor really depends on you and your skin. Even though electric razors are convenient I find shaving with a blade I get a better shave and less irritation to my skin.

    When I do use a blade I start with face scrub.
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    Jan 11, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    I don't use shaving cream. I just use a buzzer to shave when it gets a past the stubble stage. Works for me.
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    Jan 11, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    IAmDestr0n said
    When I do use a blade I start with face scrub.


    Ditto... Neutragena's scrub is the difference between profit and loss for me in the shave department. If I don't use it, my neck rashes up. I use Kiss My Face shaving cream and either Sensor Excel blades or similar.
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    Jan 11, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    Barbasol - I think it's the cheapest thing on the market so probably not what your looking for.

    If you wash your face first and lather up the whiskers they will soften. Softer whiskers are easier to cut, they don't pull the follicle or the skin when you shave them. This is why barbers put a hot towel over the face before shaving, but a soap and water wash is faster. If you want a super close shave you can also put a little moisturizer or ever hair conditioner on the beard before you put on your shaving cream.

    I use a Gillette Fusion razor and it's a good blade. They are expensive, so I try to get a twenty pack at a Sams' club or other bulk discount store.
  • tyler_helm

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    Jan 11, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    I shave in the shower with hot soapy water.
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    Jan 11, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    Another quick tip: squirt a little shaving cream in the microwave for about 20 seconds and put it on your wet face. Your scruff will soften immediately PLUS it feels so heavenly. Mmmmmmm....
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    Jan 11, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidholy smoke ... 20 seconds in the micorwave would burn your face

    Just use a hot face towel to soften you face growth first .. hold it on your face for about a minute then use shaving creme ... or shave in a hot shower with just hot water running on your face

    Time may vary between microwave ovens. Adjust accordingly.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    tyler_helm saidI shave in the shower with hot soapy water.

    This x1000!

    I have been rocking the beard for over a year now, but I still keep it trim. I shave under my jawline.
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    Jan 11, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    I hate having facial hair. While I like the fact it makes me look...Oh I dunno...more monkey-ish, it itches, and it stores food.

    Personally, name-brand things don't bother me. I just use a razor, and shaving cream. Bing bang boom done!
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Jan 11, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    i use the gillete fusion pro the vibrating one and barbasol for shaving cream. electrics tear , my face up.
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    Jan 11, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Paraphrased:
    Jaken saidI hate having facial hair ... it stores food.





    I'm almost afraid to ask you to elaborate. But... I'm too curious not to. Can you please elaborate?

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    Jan 11, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    I use Gillette's extra sensitive Shaving cream and Gillette's FUSION razors.
    They have been great for a long time, however as of late my face gets a bit irritated after shaving.
    Perhaps you can give the extra sensitive stuff a try, it might work out for you.
    I have to start checking out new stuff cause the irritation is ... well, Irritating me. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    I have used electric for years and never had a problem with irritation, although dont try shaving around by your neck after a shower because thats when it will get irritated
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    Jan 11, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    do as I do, don't shave icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    The magic words are: beard-trimmer
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    Jan 11, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    DJBoston saidParaphrased:
    Jaken saidI hate having facial hair ... it stores food.





    I'm almost afraid to ask you to elaborate. But... I'm too curious not to. Can you please elaborate?



    Simple, when I eat a meal (something as simple as corn, or green beans), sometimes it'll fall into my beard. It wouldn't be so bad if my beard had inside refrigeration, but seeing as though I'm human and having a beard is a bastard, I shave it...
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    Jan 11, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
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    I used to suffer terribly from shaving rash, but since I started using this quality kit , I have never had a problem.

    You do not need to break the bank by buying high-end products though. You just need to take your time softening your stubble (a brush is ideal for this) and avoid razor drag and worn out blades.
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    Jan 11, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Shaving in the shower. (although you can't see it takes the irritation down by like 50% percent)

    Fusion power (vibrating) razor

    Gilette fusion sensitive shaving gel
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    Jan 11, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
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    Jan 11, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    L"Occitane shea butter shaving soap--about 11 bucks.
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    Jan 11, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    The less frequently you shave the better.

    Put HOT water on your face before- whether a hot face cloth, or run your face under hot water in the shower. Not BOILING hot or that will make the skin too irritable, but definitely hot.

    Let the shaving creme/foam/lather rest on your face for a while before you shave.

    I shave IN THE SHOWER, at the end of my shower, so my face has been exposed to the hot steam and water for a while. The pores are opened, the follicles are softened.. it just works better.

    More blades isn't always better. The Mach 3 is great for me. But my hair is pretty coarse so any more blades than that and it just ends up ripping the hair out instead of cutting it.

    Most "MASC/MUSC" guys (read: insecure with being gay so overcompensate by saying htey're butch/macho/masculine) here will tell you that it's crap, but the better (read: more expensive) shaving products are actually better. I use Clinque shaving foam and it's incredible. it's just under 20 bucks, but it lasted me about 4 months (I shave probably 4 times a week on a busy week).
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    Jan 11, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I changed to the Fusion razor within the last year or so - it makes a big difference compared to the Sensor Excel I was using. (The BF really likes a smooth face and I've got a really tough, prickly beard. icon_razz.gif) They are so expensive, though, pisses me off every time I buy blades.

    I shave right after showering - my face gets cut to hell if I try it any other time, even after using a hot towel. I use Aveeno gel, which is unscented and seems to lubricate well.