The Best Way to Shave Your Beard with a Razor

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If you sport a beard but have decided that you're ready to remove it, doing so may seem a daunting task, especially if your beard is a thick one. But whether your beard is thick or thin, removing it isn't difficult once you know how.

Trim Your Beard

  • Trim your beard as close as possible with an electric clipper or a pair of scissors. Start with your neck, work up to your cheeks and sideburns, and finally trim carefully around your nose and mouth.

Prepare Your Face

  • To soften your whiskers, moisten a towel with water as hot as you can stand and apply it to your beard, or take a 10-minute shower.

Shave

  • Lubricate your face with plenty of gel, oil, or shaving foam. Use more than you normally would and work it deep into your skin and whiskers. Run your razor under hot water to wet the blade, then shave your face and neck with clean, broad strokes, going with the grain to minimize razor burn and ingrown hairs.

Clean Up

  • Rinse with hot water, then towel dry. Apply a moisturizer, as your face and neck will be more raw than usual after being shaved for the first time in a while.

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