Gillette is one of those rare examples where they are looking out for their customers. I’m a believer in their products, as I’ve used their products since I first began shaving, and Gillette has been a staple in my house for as long as I could remember. We felt with the colder months at hand, we’d ask Gillette some pointers to help make the most of the cold and get the cleanest shave right now. It helps that since October, the price of both the Fusion and Fusion ProGlide refills are lower in price.
1) Shave at the right time.
The best time to shave is immediately after a warm shower. Warm water hydrates the hairs themselves, softening them so that they can more easily be cut by the razor. Hydrated hair means less traction against the razor, less force for each stroke of the blade, and ultimately less irritation to the skin.
2) Use the right shave gel.
Shave gels serve an important function – they hydrate the hair by softening it up and preparing it to be cut. They also help reduce friction between the razor blade and the skin, so each stroke can be smooth. Make sure to pick a gel like the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Sensitive Shave Gel + Skin Care 2-in-1, which is specifically designed to be gentle on sensitive skin and dermatologist tested. Using a shave gel like this will allow the razor to then optimally glide for a close and comfortable shave.
3) Use the right razor.
Especially for have sensitive skin, it is important to use the right razor. While most people think of shaving as something you do to your hair, it in fact significantly affects the skin. Choosing the right tool to shave with is as important as your technique. The latest technology has given rise to razors with multiple blades, scientifically spaced to minimize pressure on the skin. This translates into great closeness and comfort – critical for guys with sensitive skin. A great example of a perfect razor for sensitive skin is the Gillette Fusion ProGlide, which features five low-cutting-force blades with thin, fine edges and an advanced low resistance coating that enables the blades to cut effortlessly through hair with minimal tug-and-pull, while a blade stabilizer that maintains optimal blade spacing for comfort allows the blades to adjust to the unique contours of a man’s face. Using an advanced razor such as this addresses both skin and hair issues, ensuring a smooth shave while minimizing the risk of skin irritation.
4) Know when to change your dull blade.
Razors are designed to cut hair easily and glide across the skin without the need for much force. When the blades are dull, both your hair and your skin can pay the price. In fact, dull blades are sometimes the culprit for certain kinds of sensitive skin and can require more pressure to use and therefore can lead to skin irritation and razor burn. If you experience a sensation of pulling when shaving, the lubricating strip on the razor has worn away, or your skin is getting irritated after shaving, it may be time for a new blade!
5) Don’t forget about aftercare.
Skin care is as important during shaving as hair care. Shaving can be potentially irritating and leave the skin inflamed, especially for guys with sensitive skin. Applying an aftershave is important to soothe and hydrate the skin. While traditional alcoholic aftershaves were originally designed as antiseptics because shaving would frequently lead to cuts in the skin, current aftershaves serve as moisturizers to comfort the skin and help maintain the integrity of the skin barrier.
So there you have it, follow their rules of thumb for the best shave of your life. In the winter months especially, my skin becomes irritated much easier and I’m moisturizing much more often. With a proper shave and a good razor, the irritation is kept to a minimum. Stop by your nearest retailer and check out Gillette’s finest razer, your skin will thank you for it.