So as someone who grows a considerable amount of facial hair, I have to shave every two or three days in order to maintain smooth skin for the ideal surface to apply makeup or to relieve myself of the rough and itchy existence that is facial hair.
The way I begin shaving is after taking a hot shower when the shaft of the hairs have been saturated with water and softened.
After getting out of the shower, I pat my skin dry and begin applying a shaving cream.
The thing about shaving cream is that it is applied to provide lubrication between the skin and the blade. My own little personal hack with this step is to use a hydrating lotion or moisturizer. I prefer to use Cetaphil lotion as it is water based, extremely affordable, and allows the blade to glide across the skin. Another product I use every now and then is Ponds cold cream. This is supposed to be used as a makeup remover however it is a very rich hydrating cream which makes it a great product to use in place of products specifically made for shaving. A third and final product that I love to use in place of a shaving cream is a hyaluronic acid gel. This is a thick clear water-based gel that is amazing for the skin and provides quite a slick surface for the blade.
The best way to use all three products is to apply them while the skin is a little moist. This provides additional slip for the blade and further reduces the chance of getting nicks and cuts while shaving.
As for the blades, most people would think that expensive blades with several blades are the best for shaving. In reality, price and blade count do not dictate the comfort and quality of a shave.
Some people may prefer more blades while others like the feel and effect of a single or double blade razor.
Personally, I do not have a preference when it comes to blade count or brand. As a matter of fact, I currently purchase all of my blades from the dollar store where I can get multiple razors with varying blade counts for a single dollar.
My favorites from the dollar store include the six-bladed razor as well as the dual-edged safety razor.
Both razors have given me satisfactory results as my skin was smooth and had little to no razor bumps, cuts, or nicks. Despite this, there was a bit of a learning curve with the safety razor as I had never used one before until a couple of days ago. But struggles aside, both razors were able to perform very close shaves leaving my skin smooth.
As for the popular brands such as Gillette, Bic and the dollar shave club, I do not notice a difference between the quality of the shave when compared to the dollar razors. When it comes to the brand of the razor, it is 100% up to my own personal preference. I currently own several Gillette cartridges and will continue using them simply because I have been using them for several years and find it difficult to part with the brand.
At the end of the day, what you decide to shave with is completely up to you.
I hope that these tips and tricks from my own routine will help you get the closest shaves possible.