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How Often to Shave?

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

  1. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Distinguished 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?
     


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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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    texas_jack Stylish Dinosaur

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    Every other day would be ideal but stubble is not professional so I shave everyday.
     


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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

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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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.
     


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    Matt [email protected]

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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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    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
     


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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

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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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.
     


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    you given up the DE, J?
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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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.
     


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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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