Shaving a mustache can be an emotional experience, especially if you’ve had your mustache for a long time, or if you put a lot of time and effort into getting it where it is today. But for various reasons, we sometimes reach a point where the mustache must go. Moustache shaving tips.
When that time comes, you may need some advice.
You see, there is some debate among men about the best way to shave off a mustache. Should you go straight for the razor? Do you need to trim it first? And what do you do once it’s gone?
Here’s what I’ve learned about shaving a mustache.
How To Shave A Mustache Correctly
Shaving a mustache is not a particularly time-consuming task. However, there are a few steps to the process to get the best results possible.
Make sure you’re ready
Okay so, shaving a mustache off can be a big step. We tend to get attached to our facial hair. After all, we put a lot of work into growing it and getting it to look just right.
I suggest planning ahead for which day you’re going to do the shave. Don’t just shave it off the same day you decide to get rid of it.
So, if you need help with how to shave off your mustache, I’m going to assume you’ve got a pretty well-grown stache going on. I mean, if you’ve only recently grown it and just have a bit of stubble, you probably already know how to shave your upper lip.
Since you’ve got a few months (or years) worth of growth, you’re going to want to trim back the hairs before you shave.
Soak the ‘stache
Now, just because you’ve trimmed doesn’t mean you’re out of the water for potential skin issues post-shave.
Shaving can be irritating to the skin, especially if you’ve been wearing a mustache long-term and your skin isn’t used to the razor.
So soak your facial hair in warm water first. This softens things up, making the hairs less resistant to being shaved. And it will cut down on any potential irritation.
Apply shaving cream
Shaving cream is a necessity for wet shaving. If you shave with water only, the blade is going to drag across the skin and get caught up. It won’t glide smoothly.
Shaving cream helps the razor slide across, and it also provides a buffer between the blades and your skin. You really only want to be cutting the hairs, not your face.
Use enough shaving cream that you thoroughly cover the mustache area and all the underlying skin is protected. But don’t apply so much that you can’t see what you’re doing.
Choose the right razor
Which razor you use makes a big difference in the quality of your shave. Cheap disposable razors are about your worst possible choice.
Cartridge razors tend to give a very close shave, but they also increase the chance of razor bumps and ingrown hairs because of the way they lift and cut the hair multiple times.
Safety razors are a great choice that is inexpensive to maintain (if you plan to shave regularly).
And of course, straight razors are a cool way to connect with your masculinity when you shave.
Whichever razor you choose, make sure you know the correct way to handle it.
Or other shaving tool
As an aside, you totally don’t have to use a razor. You can also use an electric shaver to get rid of that stache, if that’s what you prefer. It’ll get the job done quickly, and if you want you can even skin the soaking and shaving cream steps this way.
You can also do a wet shave with most electric shavers, and a lot of guys still prefer the wet shave, even using an electric shaving tool.
Now, even if you plan to use an electric shaver for your regularly upper lip maintenance, I still suggest a razor and a wet shave for the first removal. And that’s because removing your mustache is a memorable event, and you’re going to get a closer, smoother shave with a razor. I say give the moment the attention it deserves.
Shave with the grain
Assuming you’re doing a wet shave with a razor, make downward strokes with the grain of the hairs. That means shaving in the same direction the hair is growing.
Shaving with the grain will help to prevent razor burn. As will using as few strokes as possible. If you have to go over an area twice, be sure to apply more shaving cream before the second pass.
That’s it. You’re done. Now rinse the remaining shaving cream and stubbly hairs off your face. Use cool water to help soothe the skin.
Apply aftershave products
You also don’t want to skip this last step. Be sure to apply some skin soothing products after you shave.
Do not use traditional alcohol-based aftershaves. They may help prevent skin infections and acne, but they are also extremely irritating, and in many cases flare up skin issues and make the skin overly dry.
Instead, opt for a facial toner or aftershave that contains witch hazel. It has antimicrobial properties and is much gentler on your skin.
Then, apply a moisturizer, aftershave lotion, or aftershave balm. You can even use beard oil to moisturize your face if you have some left from your mustache care routine. Just be sure to use something that is specifically formulated for the skin on your face.
Moisturizing is important to cut down on post-shave irritation, and it will keep your skin hydrated and healthy. If you’re in a dry climate (or it’s the dry season in your area), use a heavier moisturizer. Otherwise, lighter moisturizers help seal in hydration and protect the skin.
Shaving a mustache is a fairly quick process. And when you follow the steps above, you can feel good about the results. Enjoy your newly smooth upper lip!
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