There are two types of men. Some prefer a fine neat look, others - full on bare-chested glory. It’s important to go with whatever you’re more comfortable with. An interesting fact: the demand for waxing amongst men in the UK has risen by 56 percent. Also, 'manscaping' has doubled in popularity over the last 12 months according to the Daily Mail. Thus, it’s only natural to want to learn how to shave chest. Here are some of the tips.
How to Shave Chest?
Here some of the steps that will go a long way. However, there is one rule you should always have in mind. Whatever you’re doing, whether it’s shaving or trimming, avoid irritable areas, such as nipples.
What You'll Need to Shave Chest:
1. A trimmer
2. A cartridge razor
3. Shaving cream
4. Shaving brush (optional)
5. Aftershave balm
6. A loofah
Step 1: Trim Your Chest Hair
You wouldn't use a cartridge razor (or a safety razor) on your thick facial hair before trimming it down. You shouldn’t do that with your chest either. Trim that hair down so you don’t have to bother with too many razor strokes later on.
Make sure your chest is dry. Not all hair trimmers are waterproof. Also, it’s much easier to catch the hairs when they’re standing up.
Step 2: Foam up Your Chest
When you get into the shower, wet your chest. Make sure the water is warm so it softens the pores. Then, the razor can reach the roots of the hair easier.
Afterward, get some shaving gel. I recommend Aveeno shaving gel (in fact, I review it later in the article). Apply a little bit of it to the middle of your chest and lather it up. Make sure all the hairy parts are covered. A decent gel hydrates your skin, not dries it out.
Step 3: Shave Your Chest from the Bottom
Start shaving in the direction that hair grows. However, make sure to start at the bottom of your chest and keep on going up. Be careful and don’t irritate the sensitive areas. Stay away from the nipples.
At this point, you want to be as soft as you can. There is no need to apply any extra pressure to the razor. Otherwise, you might cut yourself and experience bleeding.
Go all the way up your chest and don’t forget to shave the sides too.
Step 4: Wash of the Foam with Cold Water
Use cool water to wash off the foam. It’ll also close up your pores and soothe your skin. Cooling your skin can help with any possible irritations caused by the procedure.
Step 5: Dry Your Chest
Now it’s a great time to dry your skin. Make sure you’re not too aggressive with the towel since we don’t want to cause any additional irritations. It’s a good opportunity to use an aftershave lotion to calm down your skin. Here is the product I recommend (reviewed later in the article).
Tips for Shaving That Chest
- Razors lose sharpness. Change your blade every 5-10 shaves. It’ll help you to avoid unnecessary skin irritations or cuts in the future.
- Make sure to use sunscreen after getting your shave. That’s especially important in the first 24 hours after the procedure. Why? The skin is extra sensitive during this time and more prone to being damaged by ultraviolet radiation.
- Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells. That’ll help you to prevent razor bumps and will contribute towards better, cleaner shave. Using a loofah every time you shower is enough to exfoliate that skin. Also, feel free to use natural scrubs to get rid of dead cells.
Best Products to Use to Shave Chest
I have listed some of the best products to use to shave chest with their features. Each product contains some features which I personally like. If you have any suggestions of your own regarding the products that worked well for you, leave a comment down below.
Aveeno Therapeutic Moisturizing Shave Gel
It’s a simple product that beautifully foams up. It helps soothe irritated skin and moisturizes it. Some of the more interesting ingredients: aloe barbadensis leaf juice and oat kernel flour. I believe these two help to soothe your skin.
Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Men’s Razor
This is a nice razor and my boyfriend has no issues with it at all. It is a five-blade razor that has a solid feeling. The rubber inlay feels nice too. The flexible blade design does allow a nice smooth shave.
Since the chest is not completely flat, this razor is flexible enough to pick up all the hairs. It also has a precision trimmer, so it truly reaches all the areas. The product has a lubricating strap that tends to work well on extra sensitive skin.
The razor is suitable for thick hair since it can truly shave it all off. However, if your chest hair isn’t as thick, this might not be the best choice. Especially if you don’t have experience working with multiple blades all at once.
After-shave Balm by Lather & Wood
This aftershave balm contains aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic coconut oil, vitamin E, organic neem seed oil and organic jojoba seed oil. I love how this brand has incorporated multiple natural ingredients into the product. Mostly, because a lot of chemicals nowadays irritate and dry out our skin.
The aftershave works well on chest mostly because it’s unscented. Also, it does wonders to sensitive skin. And we all know how sensitive that chest can get! It has a pump that makes it easy to get the lotion out. It’s very creamy so one pump is usually more than enough to cover your chest.
The product is made in the USA, so if you feel like supporting the community, giving a try to this after-shave might be a good idea.
I think shaving chest isn’t that hard. Probably, the more difficult part is to keep that skin free of razor bumps (here are some of the products for ingrown hair) or other irritations. The products I’ve reviewed above should help you to deal with that chest hair without too many side effects.
Anyway, now that you’ve learned how to shave chest at home, feel free to comment below if you have any other better suggestions! Happy to learn!