I'm 28 years old and still have difficulty getting a good shave. Does anyone with similar faces have any tips for me?
My facial hair is weird. Where most guys I see get a "shadow", mine actually grows out as obviously individual hairs. (Clicky
- I'm the one on the right.) It grows relatively slowly, and if I try to shave it before it has reached a certain length, my face protests for the next 48 hours with red blotchiness and shaving bumps. Typically, the magic number is 2 1/2 days, but by the end of the second day, I'm starting to look pretty unkempt and unprofessional. If I have an interview or a date (well, recently separated - so I'm assuming
I'll one day have dates again) or a meeting or something else that I'd like to be clean-shaven for, I have to plan up to a week in advance to ensure I'll be able to shave the day of the event. Even then, it's hit or miss whether I'll be "clean" shaven at all.
I have tried all types of razors. Rotary, foil, dry, wet, disposable, replaceable blades. Currently I'm using a Mach 3 Power (in the shower with Gillette sensitive skin foam), but that is expensive because I can only use the blades 3 or 4 times before they really start to irritate me. I've tried electrics and always push through the extrememly rough first few weeks while my face acclimates itself, but then I find that I'm never satisfied with the closeness. The closest I've come to a good shave with an electric was with a rotary wet razor that I used with a thin layer of shaving cream. No irritation after the first few weeks but I never had a close shave with it.
When I shave with any bladed razor, I have to shave with the grain first, then go back against the grain, very slowly and carefully
, and with as new a blade as possible, to make sure I don't cut or irritate my skin. The soft parts of my neck on either side of the adam's apple are the worst; I have to go over them 3-4 times at different angles to get satisfyingly smooth, which only adds to the irritation.
Just last night I shaved with a blade that had only been used once. Three cuts and big red splotches on my neck.
I am satisfied with about one in ten shaves. I'd like to be able to shave before that 2 1/2 day mark, when necessary, and also have a smooth shave without irritation. What can I try?