If you’re a parent, you will understand the struggle of trying to keep on top of our own day-to-day routines, as well as those of our little ones.
The hours fly by, as we attempt to fit in kids meal times and activities around our own working days. This leaves little to no room for any kind of pampering or grooming.
Nevertheless, there are things that can be done to make the most of our limited time for self-care and self-love.
Here are some top tips and tricks to help fellow busy mums and dads out there to find a quick and easy, yet effective, shaving routine.
There are so many myths when it comes to womens and mens shaving. So much so, it’s difficult to know what actually is the ‘right’ way to go about it. Let’s clear some of these up.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
First of all, you do need to prepare your skin for shaving to some extent. You are far more likely to cause irritation or worse, cut yourself, if you just go straight in with a razor and hope for the best.
A quick and simple way to open your pores and soften your skin prior to shaving is to hop in a hot shower. The water and steam will open the pores all over your body, meaning your razor can get right into the hair follicles without dragging or pulling on the skin’s surface.
If you notice your husband shaving before he gets in the shower out of ease, it is definitely worth suggesting he switches up his mens shaving routine slightly. He will, no doubt, notice improvements in the texture and appearance of his skin by making this small change.
Another quick tip to add into any routine is to splash some cold water or turn your shower to cold once you are all hair-free. This re-closes your pores, meaning you can apply aftershave creams or moisturisers without worry of any clogging.
2. Find the right tools.
As the saying goes, a man should never blame his tools. Actually though, where shaving is concerned, the tools you use can make a huge difference to the end result. There is no right or wrong type of razor to use, but strictly speaking, you get what you pay for.
If you’re prepared to pay above drugstore price for a razor that lasts you years, you will notice an improvement in the quality of your shave. Plus, you can reduce your carbon footprint by only having to replace the blade, rather than disposing of your entire razor after every use!
When investing in a more expensive razor, of course, you want to make sure you get these from a reputable source. The English Shaving Company pride themselves on only offering top-quality and most respected brands of razors, brushes, skin care products, and more, to suit both womens and mens shaving routines. If you are looking for a safety razor that lasts you a good few years and causes far less irritation due to the single sharp blade, take a look at their wide range of products.
3. Avoid bad habits.
Let’s face it, we all adopt bad habits here and there. When it comes to shaving though, there are a number of habits that should and can be easily avoided.
First up, don’t shave against the natural direction of your hair growth. People might say that shaving against the grain of your hair allows for a closer and longer-lasting shave, which may be true in the short term.
If you continually do this though, you risk causing severe irritation, ingrown hairs, and itchy or even painful shaving bumps. Shaving in the right direction still allows for a smooth shave and no issues further down the line.
When it comes to mens shaving in particular, shaving towards the grain is even more important. No one wants red lumps or ingrown hairs on their face due to rushed or incorrect shaving techniques.
Another bad habit which may be tempting as a busy parent is dry shaving. Despite it being quicker to skip the step of applying shaving foam or cream, this should be avoided at all costs. Without lotion or liquid to allow your razor to glide along the skin, the blade(s) will tug and pull at your skin, which doesn’t end well.
The irritation and damage done from a rushed or dry shave can take a long time to heal, so don’t fall into these traps.
4. Use the right products.
Last but not least, make sure you have the right products to accompany your razor. If you have time to spare one evening in a blue moon, it’s best to use an exfoliator to further open your pores. Whereas afterwards, a quick application of moisturiser or aftershave balm can make a big difference.
A bar of soap or plain water simply isn’t enough if you want smooth and healthy skin, despite what the older generation may tell us!
This is a collaborative post.