Shave the Day

We know the whole face-shaving business might not be your favorite activity, but it doesn’t have to be unpleasant. In fact, many of the irritating repercussions of shaving—razor burn, ingrown hairs, itchy skin—can be alleviated by doing it right. Here’s how.

Shower Beforehand

As fans of multi-tasking, we recommended shaving post-shower, so that your skin is thoroughly steamed and cleansed when you start. Once a week, use a mild exfoliator like DDF®'s Advanced Micro Exfoliation Cleanser, which will help prevent ingrown hairs.

Amp Up Your Shaving Cream

The foam that many guys use is outdated. Technology has come a long way in this arena,” says Eric Neher, Birchbox’s resident Grooming God. Eric recommends Anthony Logistics® for Men Shave Cream, which uses a mix of peppermint, eucalyptus oil, and hops to both soothe and heal your skin. Apply a nickel-size of this magic salve to anywhere you’re planning to shave (and don’t forget your neck!).

Nix The Less-Than-Fresh Razor

Though most major razor brands will do the trick (Eric prefers the titillating, vibrating Gillette Fusion ProGlide, it’s key to make sure your razor is always at its sharpest. Be sure to trash your blade after five to seven uses, or as soon as it starts feeling dull.

Shave Strategically

You’re stocked with the finest shaving accoutrements; now, where to start? We recommend beginning with your neck—always shaving in the same direction as the hair—and moving upwards to your sideburns, and cheeks. Leaving the more complex facial features, like your lip and chin, for last. Finish by rinsing your face with cool water, which helps close pores, and gently patting dry.

Finish Right

Skip the Home Alone moment and reach for an alcohol-free aftershave lotion, which will soothe your skin without any stinging. Alternatively, you can bypass the aftershave in favor of a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer that won't clog your pores. Try Jack Black’s Double-Duty Face Moisturizer, which has the additional bonus of SPF 20.

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