There are two schools of thought when it comes to shaving. Some men believe that it's best to shave before getting into the shower while others believe that shaving after getting out of the shower is the way to go.
It’s one debate that seems to have perennially divided the male population: Should you shave before or after taking a shower? In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of both options. This will help you make the best decision for your ‘man-care’ routine.
When is the Best Time to Shave Your Face?
When it comes to shaving your face, timing is everything. Some people like to shave in the morning before starting their day, while others prefer to do it at night before bed.
Many experts recommend shaving right after a hot shower, as the steam and warm water help to soften the hair and open up the pores. However, if you have sensitive skin, it's important to wait until any redness from the shower has calmed down before picking up a razor.
Additionally, some men may find that their facial hair grows faster in certain parts of the day. Thus, shaving during those peak periods may result in a closer shave.
Another option is to apply a warm washcloth to your face for a couple of minutes before beginning your shave. Some people even swear by wetting their beard and then applying shaving cream or shaving gel, waiting a couple of minutes before starting to shave.
Ultimately, it's all about finding what works best for you and sticking with it. Just remember to always use sharp blades and enough shaving cream or shaving gel for optimal results.
Shaving Before a Shower: The Pros
If you’re using an electric shaver or beard trimmer, shaving before you shower can be a great option for a few reasons. If you’ve been using an electric trimmer to shape the edges of your chin strap, or give yourself a stylishly scruffy stubble beard, shaving before showering allows you to better style your beard before rinsing.
Plus, when you jump in the shower post-shave, you’re able to properly rinse any stray hairs, skin particles, and leftover shaving cream or shaving gel away. This prevents the hairs from getting stuck and possibly irritating your skin during the day.
Finally, shaving before you shower gives you enough time to apply aftershave or other products to soothe your skin post-shower.
Shaving Before a Shower: The Cons
On the flip side, there are also a few drawbacks to shaving before hopping in the shower.
First, if you accidentally cut yourself while shaving, the blood will mix with the water and run down the drain (not to mention the razor burn this can lead to).
Second, if you have sensitive skin, all that water can further irritate your skin and cause redness or bumps. Conversely, shaving before showering may cause irritation if you fail to moisten your skin enough. It’s a delicate balance and one that you need to be mindful of.
Shaving After a Shower: The Pros
Now let's take a look at the advantages of waiting to shave until after you've showered. First, by waiting to shave until after you've washed up, you can be sure that any dirt or debris on your face is washed away — and that means fewer clogged pores and razor burn.
Second, shaving after a shower gives you time to thoroughly dry any unnecessary moisture off your face. This step is important because too much moisture can dull your razor blade and make it more difficult to get a close shave.
Finally, many men find that their hair is softer and easier to manage after a shower — again, making for a closer shave with fewer nicks and cuts.
Shaving After a Shower: The Cons
Of course, there are also some drawbacks associated with waiting to shave until after your shower. One downside is that if you take very hot showers, the steam can actually harden your hair follicles. And let’s be honest: This is the opposite of what we want!
Additionally, if you don't have time for a long hot shower, your pores may not be fully open when you start shaving. Again, this can lead to more irritation and razor burn.
Finally, if you're in a rush and you’ve spent a tad too long in the shower, it can be easy to forget to moisturise your face post-shave (as well as cut yourself by shaving too quickly). This can result in razor burn, dryness, and itchiness.
Summary: When is the Best Time to Get Your Shave On?
Ask the average guy on the street and he’ll probably tell you it’s better to shave after your shower. And even though we know it may take a little extra effort to shave after showering, the results will most likely speak for themselves.
That being said, many guys with sensitive skin or a little more facial hair may prefer to shave before they get in the shower. After all, it’s a personal preference and one in which you have to let your skin do the talking.
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