9 Tips for Getting the Best Results from Facial Shaving

I've been doing a little series about facial shaving on the blog this past week—we've talked pros and cons, we've debunked myths, and today, I'm sharing my tips for maximizing the results you get from shaving your face. While it may seem like a pretty straight-forward task, there are a few things you can do to ensure you aren't causing more harm than good to your skin.

Use an eyebrow shaper or a dermaplaning tool, not a traditional body razor.

I see women using body razors, as in the razors you would use for your legs, armpits, lady bits, etc. to do their facial shaving! Why would you do that to yourself??? Beyond spreading bacteria, you're more prone to nick your face when you use your Venus instead of a trusty Tinkle. If you take anything away from this post, let it be this!

Start with a clean, dry face.

This is as simple as taking off your makeup ( if applicable ) and washing with your facial cleanser. I personally also like to apply toner before I shave, but it's an optional step. Some people also like to use shaving cream, but I think that just creates more mess than is necessary.

Shave in the direction of hair growth.

Shaving in the direction of hair growth minimizes the irritation and ingrown hairs that could occur. You want to shave with the grain of hair, not against it. In most cases, I believe this would be in a downward motion rather than an upward motion.

Be gentle around breakouts.

You don't want to irritate your breakouts any more than they already are, so be very gentle around them. For zits that are nearly flat, I will gently graze over those, but for active, raised acne, I just shave around it to avoid making it worse.

Go slow around the eyebrows.

You don't want to wiz one of those off, so take your time! I like to use a finger to cover up my eyebrow while I shave around it, just for some extra security lol. You'll see what I mean in a few days when I upload my IGTV face shaving routine, wink wink follow me cough cough whaaaaat? (;

Rinse your face with lukewarm water after you're done shaving.

You're probably going to have some lovely lingering peach fuzz / dead skin cell puffs stuck to your face when you're done shaving. Simply rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Be sure to use lukewarm or cooler temperature; water that's too hot can sting your just-exfoliated skin a little.

Throw out your Tinkle razor after three uses, max.

Each time you use your Tinkle razor, it gets more dull. It's just the nature of the beast; these razors are less than $5 for a pack of six, so of course they're not super high quality or long-lasting. Make sure you toss your razor after shaving three times max—I usually toss mine after two uses.

Disinfect your razor after use if you intend to reuse it.

SO IMPORTANT. Please use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your Tinkles between uses, otherwise you're going to spread bacteria across your skin. I've heard of people letting their razors soak in a little cup when they're done shaving, but I usually clean mine with a cotton ball and a Q-tip.

Use gentle and hydrating skincare products after—avoid anything harsh or exfoliating.

It's super important to follow up with your skincare routine post-shave. You want to rehydrate and nourish your skin, not leave it parched and irritated. Eliminate all exfoliating and harsh products—no vitamin C serums, no BHAs or AHAs, nothing of that nature. Stick to a gentle toner, hyaluronic acid, other hydrating serums, moisturizer, and most importantly, a facial oil.

The final part of this series will be a face shaving demo IGTV video on my Instagram; look out for it within the next few days!

If there's anything else you want to know about shaving your face, let me know in the comments below and I'll get back to you (:

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