Today, shaving is considered by many men to be a daily chore (a must-do) that needs to be completed as soon as possible. It’s a shame, as the benefits of a good traditional wet shave are many. Shaving exfoliates the skin, removes dead cells, and allows the skin to breathe. The method also provides the closest possible shave with long-lasting results. All too often, however, the result of an improper shave provides discomfort in the form of razor burns, rashes, and dry skin.
The key to a perfect shave is preparation. If possible, shave after you shower or apply hot water to your face before shaving to soften your beard and open your pores. Although the shaving cream can be applied with your fingers. A richer lather is achieved with the use of a good quality shaving brush. The more thorough the lathering process, the better the shave. Use a small amount of glycerin-based shaving cream and rub into damp skin by moving the brush in a circular motion back and forth over the skin, against the grain of the beard to produce a good lather. Allow time for the foaming process, up to 2 to 3 minutes.
Always shave with the lie of the beard, never against it. Failure to do this is the leading cause of razor burn. Glide the razor gently over your skin, keeping your skin taut with your free hand while you shave. Keep the razor well rinsed to avoid clogging the blade and apply more water if necessary. After shaving, apply cool water to your face to close your pores and pat your skin dry. For nicks or cuts, apply a moistened styptic pencil or alum block to stop the bleeding. Apply a skin food or moisturizing balm to restore moisture and nourish the skin.
Brush and razor care
Rinse and dry the shaving brush and razor. Shaving brushes should always be allowed to dry naturally, with the hair pointing downward in a suitable holder, to prevent moisture from seeping into the base of the brush. Never store a shaving brush in a closed cabinet where mold can form.
Blocks UV rays
• Cover. Wear tightly woven clothing that blocks light how to use beard balm. Try this test: place your hand between a single layer of clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.
• Use sunscreen. A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays. You want to block UVA and UVB rays to protect against skin cancer. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the bottle.
• Wear a hat. A wide-brimmed hat (not a baseball cap) is ideal because it protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
• Use UV absorbing curtains. Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive, but they should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
• Limit exposure. Ultraviolet rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are unsure of the intensity of the sun, do the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are the strongest of the day.
Johnny Carson once quoted: “During the days after death, hair and nails continue to grow, but phone calls decrease.”
Our nails are meant to be strong and healthy. Follow these tips for nail care:
1) Incorporate the recommended daily amount of vitamin B, calcium and protein in your diet. * Be sure to ask your doctor if you can do this. We are all different.
2) Take a multivitamin daily to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of other vitamins. (*)
3) Wear rubber gloves whenever you use cleaning products when your hands are about to get wet to protect your nails from chemicals and dirt.
4) Moisten the nail beds regularly (at least once a week) with a non-drying nail lotion. Rub the lotion all over the nail bed at least once a day.
5) Trim the cuticles once a week. Soften cuticles with a special cuticle cream and carefully trim them with a cuticle trimmer. You should push your cuticles back and trim only where it is obvious. It is better not to cut around the nail. This can lead to an infection.
6) Regularly cut your nails into a round or square shape. The more pointed the tip of the nail, the more likely it is to break.
7) Give your nails a break from any polish (even clear) as often as possible. The more time passed