It’s one task that I dread, and that I have to do every day. It doesn’t matter whether I do it first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It’s the practise of taking a very sharp blade and dragging it across my face. With the intention of removing my facial hair, without cutting myself or giving myself a razor rash. I’ve tried growing a beard in order to avoid having to shave. But I just looked like a very uncool hippy. I never managed a thick luxuriant growth, more a case of a clump of straggly hairs sprouting from my mouth and chin.
Strange thing is I’ve managed to slice my finger on a razor that wasn’t sharp enough to give me a close shave! That’s a painful way of checking razors sharpness. While the cuts don’t tend to be very deep, boy do they bleed and can be very sore.
Talking of cuts, I’ve managed on several occasions to plaster myself in so many small cuts, I’ve had half a box of tissues stuck to my face while the blood dries. I’ve now found that applying some petroleum jelly helps to stop scabs forming. Once I’ve stemmed the worst of the blood flow.
Razor burn is another problem I quite often have, usually because I do use blunt razors too often. I’m also guilty of being in too much of a rush to get my shave over and done with. Instead of using slow and gentle strokes, and going with the direction of the hair, I’m often guilty of doing exactly the opposite. I apply too much pressure, an almost guaranteed way of cutting myself. I move the razor round my face as fast as I can, using quick, brisk strokes.
So by using a sharp razor, using petroleum jelly on razor cuts, and using slow gentle strokes with my razor, I should minimise skin irritation to my face. And go a long way toward making shaving less of a chore and a more enjoyable experience.