So you've been shaving all of your life... and you're reading this wondering, "I'm pretty good at this shaving thing... What mistakes could I possibly be making?"
Well actually, if you've experienced any sort of skin irritation, bumps, razor burn or ingrown hairs on your face, then don't worry—you're not alone. There's a good chance you're making at least ONE of these common shaving mistakes and, lucky for you, knowing about them now could save your face going forward.
Here are the top 5 shaving mistakes you must know about:
1. Using A Multi-Blade
For years, big-name razor companies have sold us the idea that MORE blades equals a better shave—but that’s simply not the case at all. With a multi-blade, you’re cutting the hair shaft multiple times, each time cutting deeper.
In theory, it seems like you’d be getting a cleaner shave, but you’re actually cutting too much under skin level. This is the number one reason why most guys get ingrown hairs.
The solution? Use a single blade razor. By using only one sharp blade, you’re able to cut hairs just at the skin surface level and not any more than that. And because you’re only cutting once and not multiple times, there’s less skin irritation on your face. By switching to a single blade razor, you can get a much smoother shave—without the razor burn, bumps or ingrown hairs.
2. Using Shaving Cream/Gel
Most people these days automatically think they have to use shaving cream when they shave. Here’s why you don’t want to do that.
By using your hands to apply shaving cream, not only is it a messy process, but it also clogs your pores with the oils from your fingers. Plus, we all know to warm up our skin and hairs beforehand, but then we go and ruin it by applying cold shaving cream to our face. No bueno!
Why put up with that nonsense, when instead you can do it the old-fashioned way—using shaving soap, a shaving brush, and getting a warm lather in a marble shaving bowl.
A high quality shaving soap isn’t filled with chemicals like your typical shaving cream in an aerosol can, so it’s much healthier for your skin. (Not to mention, way better for the environment instead of throwing away an aluminum can every time.)
Paired with the shave soap lather, the shaving brush actually helps exfoliate the skin gently, while lifting and softening the hairs. This makes it easier for the razor blade to do its job. And it feels way better too.
3. Applying Too Much Pressure
A common mistake guys make is pressing down too hard on the razor. It seems counterintuitive, but you actually want to cut the hairs on a flat surface. By putting too much pressure on the razor, you create a sort of trench or dimple that makes the surface of your skin uneven. This is especially easy to do when you’re using cheap disposable razors because they are so lightweight.
Instead, try using a solid stainless steel razor that glides across the skin without any additional force or pressure.
4. Using Dull Blades
This might seem obvious, yet so many guys still shave with dull blades all the time. So why is it that you’re not replacing the blades soon enough? One of the major reasons is because of how crazy expensive replacement blades are for your “cheap” razor. In fact, you’ve probably been paying too much for blades most of your life.
When faced with changing out a plastic cartridge with multiple blades, each one costing an arm and leg, it’s only natural to want to make the most out of each one. Unfortunately, when you take the risk of shaving with old dull blades, that’s when you end up pulling hairs or cutting yourself, and then your face pays for it.
But there is a way to get cheaper blades and never have to deal with a dull razor again. By switching to The Single Edge Razor, replacement blades only cost 50 cents each—which means you can switch out blades as often as you want without hurting your wallet.
Whether it’s because they're so expensive that you're "gun shy" to change them, or because you feel bad for creating so much waste for the environment, one thing's for sure—you need a better solution.
5. Too Much Alcohol
It’s easy to think only about what happens during your shave, but what about after? Most people don’t pay enough attention to their skin after putting it through all sorts of frictions, scrapes and micro tears. And even worse, if you are splashing on some aftershave and you’re feeling the burn, you might actually think that’s helping your skin somehow (Hint: It’s not).
That aftershave burn you’re feeling is from the alcohol seeping into the pores and micro cuts in your face—and it’s doing more damage than good. You need a better post-shave regimen. To start, use a 100% natural and alcohol-free Healing Post Shave with restorative moisturizers like aloe vera, shea butter and witch hazel. It’s a lot less painful, and in the long run your face will thank you.
If you’ve been making any number of these mistakes, it’s time to make a change in your morning routine and your shaving toolkit. Ditch the "cheap" multi-blade razors with their expensive cartridges and give The Single Edge Razor a try the next time you shave.
To address all of these shaving mistakes and more, we recommend The Single Edge Starter Set. It has everything you need to treat your face the way it deserves—like a king.