Do you think you should you shave today?

A popular method for both men and women, having a shave is a good short term fix for unwanted body hair. Waxing, however, requires a good level of hair growth (not too long, though) before it can be carried out. It’s also sometimes painful.

So, if you do shave, shaving with the grain is the best way to get a comfortable and close feel. Although shaving against the grain ensures that the hair is cut off very close to the skin, it increases the risk of razor bumps and skin irritation.

After the weekend, most of us dread having to get up and get ready for work. You’ve spent your time relaxing and now you feel you might need to clean up and look professional. To help us make up our minds, Caldwell Tanner from College Humor has come up with this clever infographic below:

Do you think you should you shave today?

5 steps to shave a man’s face

  1. Wash your face. Use warm water for up to 3 minutes to remove dead skin and avoid nicks and cuts.
  2. Shave gel helps prevent razor burn. If you have sensitive skin you should let it sit and soak in for a minute.
  3. Use a multi-bladed razor. This way you’ll get a smooth, close shave. The first blade not only cuts the hair, but it also lifts it out of the skin; the next blades cut progressively closer, enabling fewer strokes and leaving a closer shave with less irritation.
  4. Don’t press hard. A good razor does all the work. It’s normal not to feel the hairs being cut when you’re using a premium-quality razor.
  5. Rinse with cold water, then splash on a moisturizing aftershave. It will make you feel great and smell even greater.

Shaving tips for women


  1. Moisten your skin with water before applying a thick shaving gel. Water plumps up the hair, making it easier to cut, and the shaving gel helps retain the moisture.
  2. Use long, even strokes without pressing hard. As stated above, the razor should do all the work.
  3. Stay warm to prevent goose bumps. Any irregularity in the skin surface can complicate shaving.
  4. Remember to shave in the direction of hair growth. Take your time and shave carefully over sensitive areas.


  1. Moisten skin and apply a thick shaving gel.
  2. Lift your arm up while shaving to pull skin tight.
  3. Shave from the bottom up, allowing the razor to glide over the skin. Try to avoid shaving the same area more than once, to minimize skin irritation.
  4. Avoid applying deodorants or antiperspirants immediately after shaving. This can result in irritation and stinging.

Bikini Area

  1. Moisten hair thoroughly with water and then apply a thick shaving gel. This preparation is a must, since the hair in the bikini area tends to be thicker, denser and curlier.
  2. Handle the skin here gently, as it’s thin and tender.
  3. Shave horizontally, from the outside to the inside of the upper thigh and groin area, using smooth even strokes.
  4. If you do it frequently year-round, it will keep the area free of irritation and ingrown hairs.

So, are you going to shave? If you’re not going to, lets find the perfect beard for your face shape.