Shaving Tips for Boys
Choose a Razor
There are really only two choices here, electric or blade razors. Electric razors can be more forgiving, as your child will be less likely to cut himself. They're also convenient as you don't need to use shaving cream or prepare the face for shaving. Blade razors typically get a closer shave, but that might not be a big deal to your child just yet.
Shaving Tips for Blade Razors
Prepare the Face
If your child opts to use a blade razor, he has to prepare his face before shaving. He needs to wet his face and then apply shaving cream before attempting to shave. Never shave a face that hasn't been prepped, as it could cause cuts and skin irritation.
Perfect the Technique
When shaving, short gentle strokes are best. The razor should glide over the skin. Encourage your tween to shave in the direction of the hair growth, to prevent nicks and cuts. Once he's more confident with the razor, he can shave against the hair growth for a closer shave. Be sure your child rinses the razor after each stroke, to keep it clean and prevent nicks. After shaving, your child should pat his skin dry with a clean, soft towel. Rubbing the face is a no-no. Gentle pats are best. Allow the skin to breathe a little before applying an after shave.
Go Easy on After-Shave
It's fine to use after shave or lotion, but young skin can be very sensitive. Try to find an after shave that is alcohol free and made for sensitive skin.
Clean The Blades
If your child opts for a blade razor, be sure he rinses his blade after use and pats it dry with a towel. Disposable blades should be thrown away after the fourth or fifth use, to avoid cuts or nicks to the skin.
Don't Share Razors
A list of shaving tips wouldn't be complete without this warning: Never Share Razors with Others! Sharing razors with others can result in a variety of problems, including infection.
Don't Go Overboard
Your son probably won't have to shave everyday, at least for a while. Once a week may be all that's necessary. Encourage him to shave only when needed, to avoid unnecessarily irritating the skin.