Home > Lifestyle > Man > Male Grooming 30 July 2003 Top shaving tips Here are some shaving tips to make this daily ritual as pleasant as possible. 0 Follow us Facebook » Ask CyberShrink » Receive Health tips » Test Your sex toy IQ » All the tests you'll ever need 8 strange things your body does A wet shave has a peeling effect and makes for good skin care, unless you have acne or other skin problems. A wet shave, in this instance could make skin problems worse. A dry shave is quick and easy. A quick washing of the face will soften facial hair. Foam and gel have two purposes – they clean the skin and soften the surface to make a smooth shave possible. If your face has been washed with warm water, it will soften the facial hair even more and make a close shave so much easier. It is a good idea to leave the foam, gel or soap on your face for at least two minutes before you shave. Doing this will also increase the lifespan of your razor. Shaving in the direction of the hair growth first is preferable if you have problems with ingrown hairs. Remember that a dry facial hair can be as hard as a copper wire and probably needs to be moistened with warm water, shaving cream or gel, before you shave it off. Shave the chin and the upper lips for last, as the hair in these two places is the most stubborn and the longer they are covered by shaving cream or gel or soap, the softer they will be when you shave them. Rinse your razor often while shaving, in order to prevent blockages in the razor that may create the impression that it was blunt. After shaving, first rinse your face with hot water and then with cold to close the pores. If you suffer from razor burn or ingrown hairs or if your skin is very sensitive, think twice before using aftershave, as it has such a high alcohol content. More in Lifestyle Record number of entries for Zimbabwe's Mister Ugly pageant More: ManMale Grooming advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.