Words by Corey Chalumeau

Shaving can be a transformative experience if done correctly. That baby soft, smooth skin you feel right after a nice shave can put you in a state of bliss. The flip side is that a daily shave gone wrong can cause cuts, an uneven shave, or, even worse- bumps.

We understand the struggle.

Instead of acting like it doesn’t happen, let’s talk about how to solve some of the most common shaving mistakes so that you can have a bump-free, flawless shave.

Mistake #1: Shaving like the guys in commercials

Illustration: Always shave with the grain

If you take one long pass from the cheekbone to chin to neck like we see guys do on TV, you’re missing one of the most important elements of a great shave: your unique facial characteristics. Each of us has a different hair growth pattern and to prevent razor bumps, you need to make sure you know how your hair grows.

Before you even step up to the sink, we want you to take a moment to study your face and get familiar with the direction of your hair growth. To prevent bumps, always shave in the same direction your hair grows using short, one-inch strokes.

Mistake #2: Putting on the pressure

Photo: Razor blades

Nobody’s perfect. We’ve all made the mistake of going over an area one too many times because we didn’t bother to change blade. An even slightly dull blade can force you to press harder resulting nicks and cuts- not a good look.

You can also cause bumps by applying pressure to the blade when you shave. If you press down while shaving, you will end up cutting hair below the surface of the skin. When this hair grows back, it will curl beneath the skin causing a razor bump. Instead, we suggest using a fresh, sharp blade on a double edge safety razor to cut hair right at the surface with no need to press down.

Mistake #3: Not moisturizing after your shave

Photo: Applying Bevel moisturizer

The process of shaving can be harsh and drying to the skin, so make sure that right after you put down your razor you apply a product with moisturizing properties. Ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Lavender Oil, will not only nourish your skin, but also prevent bumps from occurring. Bonus, when you go for a moisturizing, non-alcohol-based aftershave such as the Bevel Restoring Balm, you won’t have to deal with that sting.

Our thoughts: It’s never too late to right your mistakes. Go ahead and Get Bevel.

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