5 COMMON SHAVING MYTHS

Bullfrog shaving experience in terms of processes, tools and products to validate or dispel some of the most controversial clichés.

1) IS IT TRUE THAT THERE ARE COARSE HAIRS AND SOFT HAIRS?

TRUE! 

Some areas of the face have very coarse hairs which are difficult to shave (such as the chin and the moustache area). In these cases, it is advisable to prepare your skin with products that soften the hairs, then use light, gentle strokes, and shave a second time after the initial shave.

2) IS IT ADVISABLE TO SHAVE EVERY DAY?

FALSE! 

Shaving daily can irritate your skin, because shaving removes the skin’s keratin layer, which takes a few days to regenerate. It would therefore be good practice to shave every 2-3 days.

 

3) SHOULD YOU USE HOT WATER (BELOW 40° C) TO SHAVE?

TRUE! 

Hot water is particularly suitable for preparing the skin for shaving. Also, hot water is recommended for cleaning the shaving brush bristles and rising razor blades, which glide over the skin more easily when heated.

 

4) IS IT ADVISABLE TO ALWAYS SHAVE AGAINST THE DIRECTION OF HAIR GROWTH?

FALSE! 

Shaving against the direction of growth can cause injury to the base of the hair (bulb), which may obstruct the hair’s natural regeneration, resulting in ingrown hairs. Shaving should always be in the direction of hair growth, starting at the sides of the face and leaving the chin and moustache for last, to allow skincare treatments to work for longer. For some particularly tough or dark beards, an alternative to shaving against the direction of hair growth is to shave side-on, using light, exert strokes to avoid traumatizing the skin.

5) SHOULD SHAVING HABITS CHANGE ACCORDING TO THE SEASON?

TRUE! 

In summer, it is advisable to place a cloth soaked in cool water onto the face, to prepare the skin before shaving. Shaving foam or gel should also be used (and can also be kept in a refrigerator), to ensure a fresh, quick and practical shave. During the winter, the razor should be rinsed several times in warm water to avoid friction, and cloths soaked in hot water should be dabbed onto the face to prepare the skin before shaving and reduce any feelings of discomfort resulting from shaving.