If you have teenage boys and they’re hitting puberty, chances are their facial hair is starting to come in. This extra hair is the result of hormones called androgens, which kicks in at puberty.
Here are some shaving tips from Milkman Grooming Co for your teen that you may want to pass on:
Tip 1: When to Start Shaving?
Boys should start shaving when they have enough hair on their face to actually shave it off. If they don’t have enough hair it will hurt! They should get a second opinion from Dad or an older brother if they’re not sure if now is the time to take to the blade!
Tip 2: What Type of Razor to Use?
There are two popular types of razors – electric and manual:
- Electric razors. Electric razors are convenient but often don’t shave as close as disposable razors. If they go with an electric razor, they should choose one that has flexible heads to conform to the contours of their face.
- Manual Razors. Your boys can either choose manual disposable razors or manual safety razors. Safety razors are arguably the best but can be more of an upfront investment. Look for double edged safety razors with high quality stainless steel heads. These razors will not only get the job done but are less likely to cause cuts.
Shaving with a manual razor means they will need some type of shaving cream or gel to apply to the face before shaving. These creams and gels lubricate the face and help reduce the risk of nicking or cutting the skin.
Given that this is typically a time for acne and other skin problems, your teenagers should definitely look for a gel designed for those with sensitive skin. You might try the Milkman Grooming Co Clear Shave Gel. It has huge advantages over shaving soaps and creams because they can see what they’re shaving and it doesn’t dry the skin (in fact it moisturises it) as it’s soap free!
Tip 3: Preventing Cuts
Still there is no getting around it, cuts will happen, especially for the novice shaver so here are some good tips on shaving with a disposable or safety razor:
1. Shave after a warm bath/shower to help make skin hydrated and soft.
2. Splash warm water on the face to stimulate the skin and make facial hairs stick up.
3. Apply shaving cream or gel (without alcohol or soap). The shaving cream or gel produces lubrication, which helps protect the skin as the razor cuts the hair.
4. Go with the grain of their hair, not against it. For most men, hair on the face grows down. So shaving downward on the face removes most of the hair. Shaving against the grain (or upward) can cause rashes and/or bumps.
5. Don’t rush! Shave slowly and gently and let the razor blade do the work.
6. Don’t push down too hard with the razor to avoid cuts.
7. After shaving, apply a moisturising aftershave product. This will help prevent skin from drying out.
Older teens and young adults will no doubt want to embrace all things fashionable and let’s face it the hipster beard is well, hip!
Novices should get hold of the new Milkman Beardrometer™ Beard Shaper. This clever device will allow them to eliminate areas of sparse hair (the dreaded peach fuzz!) around cheeks and neckline, so they can create a margin of dense hair that will make their beard look not only thicker but neater and nattier as well. The Milkman Beardrometer™ is compatible with razors and all sorts of electric trimmers.
Finally, beards need nourishing so they should use a beard balm and one that that provides a light natural hold to help control the shape of their beard.
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What was your teens first shave experience like? Was there very many razor cuts?
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