The Right Way To Shave

Above: Gillette's Fusion ProGlide Power Razor with Flexball Technology, Jack Black's Beard Lube Conditioning Shave and Dermalogica’s Post Shave Balm
Above: Gillette's Fusion ProGlide Power Razor with Flexball Technology, Jack Black's Beard Lube Conditioning Shave and Dermalogica’s Post Shave Balm

Who knew: there is a right and a wrong way to shave? Sure, common sense dictates shaving in the same direction as the hair is growing in to avoid skin irritation, but according to Amanda Lindsay, a skin therapist for Dermalogica Canada and The International Dermal Institute in Toronto, there’s a whole lot more you need to know before you pick up a razor.

DO: Change your blade every five to six shaves

“A blunt blade,” says Lindsay, is just asking for trouble. “It will most definitely cause irritation, like rashes, cuts and ingrown hairs.” Using a razor that can be updated with a new blade (often called razor cartridges) is ideal. recommends: Gillette, Fusion ProGlide Power Razor with Flexball Technology for $15 available online at Gillette.

DO: Support your skin with each stroke

In other words: pull the skin back with your non-shaving hand, while shaving the area. “When the skin is taunt it will help to prevent shaving nicks and cuts,” affirms Lindsay.

DO: Rinse the blade after each stroke

Not only will you have a nice, clean blade, you’ll also have a smoother shave.

DON’T: Shave on dry skin or with water only

Your skin needs a barrier to protect it from unwanted nicks and cuts. According to Lindsay, shaving creams are best suited to “dry skin and sensitive skin, which require a thicker buffer, while gels are best for oily to normal skin types.” recommends: , 473 ml for $39, available at Sephora stores across Canada.

DON’T: Use products containing artificial fragrance and alcohol

This includes your aftershave. “These ingredients can cause a lot of irritation,” explains Lindsay. While many think applying an alcohol-based aftershave post shaving will help to disinfect the area, think again. “Aftershaves, although they smell very nice, are made up of hundreds of different types of chemicals,” says Lindsay. “They will not only dehydrate your skin, they’ll irritate it too, making your face the perfect feeding ground for post inflammatory pigmentation.” Fragrance-, chemical- and alcohol-free balms are a better choice. recommends: Dermalogica’s Post Shave Balm, 50 ml for $37, available online at Dermalogica.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and, Flare and, Huffington Post Canada, National Post,,, and She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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