It's a new day, and now is the perfect time to get ready and start something great. Learn how to shave your face by reading our tips below. Whether you’re shaving for the first time or you’re a pro, we have some tips on how to get a smoother, more comfortable shave. It’s simple—we do it almost every day—and yet there’s endless debate about how to do it right. So we took on the mental heavy lifting on behalf of men and came back with an eight-step guide on how to shave your face, made simple.
  1. Step 1


    First, hydrate to help minimize nicks, cuts, and irritation while shaving. We recommend that you shave immediately after showering, or even in the shower. Hydrating softens your hair, allowing the razor to glide more easily. Use a face scrub or wash to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin, preparing your skin for a comfortable shave.
  2. Step 2
    Apply Shaving Cream

    Apply Shaving Cream

    Apply a shave gel or foam lather it up and spread it all over to help hydrate hairs, improve razor glide, and help protect against irritation. Learn more here about why you need shaving cream, and the differences between shave gels and foams.
  3. Step 3
    Check for dull blades

    Check for Dull Blades.

    Check the lubrication strips; if they look faded or worn, or if the blades feel dull while shaving, it may be time for a new cartridge. Get every 4th order free when you subscribe with Gillette (see terms & conditions).
  4. Step 4
    Shave With Light, Gentle Strokes

    Shave With Light, Gentle Strokes.

    Use light, gentle strokes, letting your razor do the work — the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Shield has a pivoting Flexball that adapts to the contours of your face.
  5. Step 5
    Rinse Your Blades Often

    Rinse Your Blades Often.

    Rinse your blades often. Remember, don’t shave without shaving cream or over-shave the same spot, as this can cause irritation. Tapping your razor against the sink can seriously damage the precisely engineered parts of your razor.
  6. Step 6
    Shave Both With and Against the Grain.

    Shave Both With and Against the Grain.

    So, with or against the grain? The answer is both. Facial hair grows in many directions so you’ll shave both with and against the grain at different times in your routine. Shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. An advanced multi-blade razor like ProGlide Shield will help you get a comfortable shave even against the grain.
  7. Step 7
    Edge with the Precision Trimmer.

    Edge with the Precision Trimmer.

    Use the Precision Trimmer on the back of any Fusion5 razor to get those hard-to-reach places like under your nose and to define your sideburns.
  8. Step 8
    Apply Moisturizer or Aftershave

    Apply Moisturizer or Aftershave.

    Wash your face with cool water and pat it dry. Rub in a hydrating aftershave lotion to help your skin feel soft and comfortable.
  9. Step 9
    You have just mastered how to shave your face!

    You Have Just Mastered How to Shave Your Face!

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