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How Often to Shave?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by California Dreamer, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Well-Known Member

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    Probably been covered heaps of times before, so please forgive a newbie.

    I read recently that you should not shave every day, as the skin needs time to recover from the razor. Personally I prefer to start every day clean-shaven, but I have to acknowledge that I can never quite shake a bit of lingering neck redness. So maybe I should cut back a bit.

    What do you think? Does the face need a break?
     
  2. Bandwagonesque

    Bandwagonesque Well-Known Member

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    I think I look better with a day or two of stubble, so generally every 3 days. Or if it's the weekend, maybe 4 days. Especially during winter when shaving can really strip the moisure from my face. Saves money on blades, and I don't have to worry so often about razor burn or sensitive skin.
     
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    Every other day would be ideal but stubble is not professional so I shave everyday.
     
  4. ted

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    I usually shave twice a day, once in the morning before going to work and once in the late afternoon so I don't look so unkempt in the evening. There are some of us with very dark and heavy beards so this is necessary - if only to be kissable - [​IMG]
     
  5. Thomas

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    Every day, including weekends. I would so love to grow a beard, but I don't have full coverage on my face. I even liked wearing stubble until I saw a photo of myself and hated it. So, it's daily scraping for yours truly.
     
  6. Matt

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    I try to give myself the weekends off. Also, if I know I am going to be office-bound (as opposed to client facing), ill give myself a day off there as well.
     
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    gamelan Well-Known Member

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    everyday unfortunately. shaving is one of those tasks i loathe, on par with doing the laundry and ironing. i so look forward to weekends or vacations where i can forgo shaving for days at a time.

    you can never be too sure, but i imagine you're using some gel for the shaving? that should minimize any lingering irritation post-shave.

    -Jeff
     
  8. MrRogers

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    Everyday. Seeing patients unshaven is just not professional IMO even if someone may look better with some stubble (I dont). I find that with a proper routine and good products (art of shaving) I dont get any cumulative irritation.

    MrR
     
  9. j

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    Maybe some people's face needs a break, but I shave every day including weekends and my skin is fine. If you're having trouble, look at the products you use rather than the frequency. Personally, I use cheap products and my skin has never been better since I was a kid.

    Nivea sensitive gel in the white can thing - about $4
    Store brand Sensor Excel (2-blade) razors - $.75 each, last for weeks
    Cetaphil cream in the big pump thing - about $8 but it lasts forever
    Prescription Benzoyl Peroxide 5%, just a tiny bit to prevent breaking out - $20 or something but it's a few months' worth

    And that's it.
     
  10. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member

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    you given up the DE, J?
     
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    you given up the DE, J?
    Yeah, it was too much of a hassle and not enough reward. It might be better with better blades, but at the time of morning that I shave I'm not present enough to be wielding that toward my face.
     
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    I shave every day because I think my second day stubble looks unprofessional as well.

    However, I shave with AND against the grain only 1 day per week. All of the other days I shave only with the grain (kind of a touch up).

    I don't shave on the weekends unless I have some kind of important function to go to.
     
  13. California Dreamer

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    I shave every day because I think my second day stubble looks unprofessional as well.

    However, I shave with AND against the grain only 1 day per week. All of the other days I shave only with the grain (kind of a touch up).

    I don't shave on the weekends unless I have some kind of important function to go to.

    For products, I use Gillette Mach 3 razors and Lab Series gel. Aesop skin tonic followed by Olay moisturiser afterwards. Sometimes use the Lab Series balm instead. I tend to shave both ways every day. Maybe Odoreater's idea might work for me.
     
  14. MCsommerreid

    MCsommerreid Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the same boat as ted. When I need to look clean and professional it's twice a day.

    But now that I'm a full time student I dont think I've shaved in something like 2 weeks. Basically since I can look like a slacker I shave whenever I look particularly shaggy.
     
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    Every other day would be ideal but stubble is not professional so I shave everyday.
    +1
     
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    Every day, including weekends. I would so love to grow a beard, but I don't have full coverage on my face. I even liked wearing stubble until I saw a photo of myself and hated it. So, it's daily scraping for yours truly.
    Sounds like we have the same problem - enough growth to look bad if you don't shave, not enough to get a full beard. (Best I can do is terrible BobDylanesque thing.) Being a girlie man sucks, doesn't it? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  17. nomovement

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    shaving is a personality indicator. If you're disciplined (in a good way) or find yourself in a disciplined environment often, or want to show that you are disciplined, shave everyday-or as much as it looks like you need to. get one of those electric shavers that have goo coming out of them and you'll be soldier clean all the time and you don't have to make a big process out of it (it takes me 10 minutes to shave, the goo is prob like a minute). If you're a rocker, why are you even reading this? don't shave at all, buy a beard trimmer and keep it on constant stubble and when its time to meet the parents, order a jack and coke nothing says 'unkempt genius' more than stubble and whiskey.
     
  18. Thomas

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    Sounds like we have the same problem - enough growth to look bad if you don't shave, not enough to get a full beard. (Best I can do is terrible BobDylanesque thing.) Being a girlie man sucks, doesn't it? [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Yeah, it blows. [​IMG]

    At Mrs. T's request, I grew a VanDyke (last year) for the winter months and got mixed reviews. I started Toastmasters around the same time and got feedback that I was covering my face a lot. The razor finally came out when I watched a tape of myself in a role-play and got upset at how often I talked through my fingers.

    I suspect that might not be the last time I take appearance and grooming advice from Mrs. T, though.
     
  19. nomovement

    nomovement Well-Known Member

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    wives/girlfriends can be full of bad advice-sorry about the van dyke.
     
  20. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    You would think I would have learned my lesson in college, but nooo...
     

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