For those of us with sensitive skin, shaving feels like an easy way to disfigure our face. However, there are ways to get a close shave without succumbing to skin irritation and razor bumps. Follow these simple steps on how to shave properly and you’ll have healthier, smoother skin in no time.

Man shaving his beard
Man shaving his beard

Wash Your Face

Man Washing Face In Bathroom Sink
Man washing face in bathroom sink

This may seem like a no-brainer, but often times men will just wet their face with water and go at it. This isn’t right. Scrub your face using a face wash to get rid of oil and dead skin. This stops dirt from getting between you and your razor. It’s important to have clean skin to ensure bacteria doesn’t infect the area, which can lead to acne and skin irritation.

Use Warm Water

Warm water opens up your pores and softens hairs. This is helpful because you will feel less resistance when the razor passes over the hair shafts. A good trick is to place a hot towel over your skin for a couple minutes to let the hair soak in the heat. If you need to be efficient with your grooming methods, taking a hot shower before shaving also helps.

Apply Shaving Cream

Shaving cream and razor on wooden table
Shaving cream and razor on wooden table

Shaving creams act as disinfectants that ensure bacteria doesn’t enter your pores while shaving. They also provide lubrication, which is obviously key considering there is a sharp piece of metal sliding across your face. Underestimating the benefits of shaving cream will be the difference between a clean looking face and one that is red and full of cuts. Remember, the less friction the better.

To Shave With Or Against the Grain?

Shaving with the grain means shaving in the direction your hair grows. The simplest way to discover which way your hair is growing is by taking a card and sliding it against your skin. The more sound the card makes, or the greater the resistance, indicates that you’re going against the grain.

Man shaving with razor
Man shaving with razor

Shaving against the grain gives you a much smoother finish, but causes more irritation. To avoid this, you want to shave with the grain first, then go back and shave against it. Remember to shave gently when going against the grain so you don’t nick yourself.


A clean tool is the best tool. Rinse your razor every so often to avoid hair and shaving cream clogging up the blade. If you need to go over an area again, make sure to splash it with water and reapply shaving cream to avoid irritation.


Aftershaves are antiseptics, which will kill any bacteria lingering around fresh cuts you have made. Using aftershave will also prevent acne from breaking out on infected pores. They do so by containing astringents, which tighten up skin. Sure, some aftershaves do sting, but that just means they’re working, You can always find alcohol-free aftershave if your skin is really sensitive. To get the most out of aftershave, it’s best to take a shower first and then go through with your shaving routine.

That’s it! Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to smoother skin with less irritation.

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