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Frequently asked questions about shaving from men:

Q: Is shaving lather really important?
A: Too much lather is just a waste of money! Why keep piling on foam that will never touch your face? For the best shave, we recommend a shaving oil, gel or a moisturizing cream (there’s no need to put so much on you look like Santa).

Q: Should I shave with or against the grain?
A: The majority of your shave should be in the direction of hair growth (most commonly downwards, but sometimes diagonal). Occasionally, shaving against the grain is required at the end of a shave to get tuff-to-reach or stubborn spots.

Q: No matter what I try, I continue to break out. What should I do?
A: A paper bag is a good first step (bada-bing). But seriously, any persistent skin or shaving disorder should be looked at by a reputable doctor. If you don’t want to take that step, select a quality spa in your area and visit a skin care pro for a prescriptive skin care regimen (the problem may not be your shave – but rather your daily skincare regimen).

Q: What about aftershave?
A: Most traditional aftershaves have a large volume of alcohol in them. This ain’t good for many reasons, just two of which are: 1) They sting a cleanly shaven face like crazy 2) They’re big-time drying to the skin. A better way to go is a soothing post-shave balm or a gel. These products calm down and re-moisturize the skin.

Q: What causes razor bumps and how can I get rid of them?
A: When hair curls around and re-enters the skin (an ingrown hair) this creates a razor bump. To rid yourself of ingrown hairs and the resulting razor bumps – use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells or a face scrub to free ingrowns. Also, warming the face thoroughly will make you kinder to existing bumps. If all else fails, try a targeted ingrown hair solution.

Q: How can I stop razor burn?
A: You might need to tenderize (it’s a better word than soften) your face a bit more prior to shaving – possibly even shave in the shower. You also may be pressing too hard or using a dull blade. Make sure to moisturize after.

Q: I cut myself a lot when shaving. How can I stop this?A: First, take a look at the shaving regimen described on our site. This should outline a solid morning routine. Little tidbits for avoiding cuts include: 1) using short strokes with a clean blade 2) Heating and softening the skin more prior to shaving.

Finally, when you do slip up, stop the gushing with a moist alum block. It’s going to sting… but you’re a man (right?).

Q: I’m using shaving oil and sometimes I feel the blade sticking to my skin. What can I do to loosen it up?
A: Shaving oil can be reactivated with a splash of H2O. Also, make sure to rinse out the blade consistently throughout the shave.

Q: Is there a difference between razors?
A: Some people will tell you NO… but here at The Grooming Lounge we know there is a difference. Some of the new multi-blade brands feature technology that cuts hair more easily than before. Additionally, when used properly these multi-blade razors cut down on necessary re-shaves and the resulting skin irritation. They are definitely the way to go. Source: www.Groominglounge.com

Frequently asked questions about shaving from women:
Q: What are the benefits of Noxzema’s triple-blade & 4-blade technology?
A: Multiple blades distribute pressure evenly, giving you a closer, smoother shave in fewer strokes. Fewer strokes help reduce the risk of skin irritation, nicks and cuts and also allow you to get more shaves per razor.

Q: What does the Noxzema Moisturizing Strip do?
A: When activated by water, the Noxzema Moisturizing Strip provides lubrication and moisture while shaving, allowing the blades to glide on the skin. This makes your shave more comfortable, and decreases the risk of skin irritation.

Q: What are some tips to help me get the best possible shave?
A: Please see our Smart Shaving Tips for helpful hints in achieving a great shave.

Q: What’s the best direction to shave, with or against the hair?
A: Shaving in the same direction of hair growth will provide the most comfortable shave, but not the closest. Shaving in the opposite direction (“against the grain”) offers the closest shave, but increases the risk of skin irritation. Women often shave in different directions for different parts of their bodies. For example, the underarm area should first be shaved up then down and finally, across. And to reduce skin irritation in areas where you tend to experience razor burn and ingrown hairs, always shave in the same direction as the hair growth.

Q: How many shaves should I expect to get per blade?A: Between 5 and 7 shaves per blade, depending on the texture of your hair and shaving conditions. If you have very fine hair, you’ll probably have to change blades less frequently. Changing your razor more often provides a closer, more comfortable shave. In addition, lubricating strips work best during the first 5 to 7 shaves.

Q: How can I help prevent irritation and razor burn when I shave?
A: We recommend reading our Smart Shaving Tips for detailed information on getting a smooth shave while minimizing irritation and razor burn.

However, here are a few basics to get you started:

• Shaving works best on skin that has soaked in warm water for a few minutes. Water helps plump up the individual hair strand, which softens it, making it easier to cut.

• Apply shave gel to the area(s) you want to shave to provide lubrication. We recommend using one of our Noxzema Shave Gels, which are specially formulated to minimize irritation and provide razor burn protection.

• Use a razor with multiple blades, such as the Noxzema Triple Blade or 4-Blade Shavers. More blades mean fewer strokes, reducing the risk of razor burn and irritation.

• Change the blades frequently (at least once a week) to allow your razor to skim lightly over your skin without irritating it. Be sure to use plenty of moisturizing shave gel as an added cushion for your skin—just try to avoid plain soap!

• Replace your disposable razor often. A sharp blade will give you a closer, more comfortable shave. In addition, new blades require less pressure to get a good shave, which reduces the risk of nicks, cuts, and irritation.

Q: How do I shave my bikini area?
A: The best advice we have for shaving this delicate area is to use a razor specially designed for the task, such as the Noxzema Bikini Shaver. With a 5/8”-wide mini-blade, comb design, and protective skin guard to minimize irritation, it’s perfect for delicate bikini area trimming. For more details on shaving the bikini area, see our Smart Shaving Tips.

Q: How do I take care of my razor?
A: Always rinse the hair and gel residue from the blades to keep them in tip-top shape. Let the blades air-dry after shaving. Never wipe blades, as this can cause them to dull prematurely.

Q: How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
A: Just as moisturizing is the key to smoothness and comfort, exfoliating can help prevent the problem of ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are new growths that curl into the skin instead of out of it, leading to red bumps, and in some cases, even infections. If you exfoliate regularly with a loofah or mesh sponge before shaving, you’ll remove all the dead skin that’s blocking these hairs, while simultaneously opening your pores. If you suspect you might have an infection from ingrown hairs, you should see a dermatologist immediately.

Source Noxema.com