Wondering how to shave that elusive upper lip? Check out these 5 simple steps you should follow to get a clean shaven upper lip!
We get asked all the time about how to groom that tough to manage, pesky piece of real estate under your nose. People have even asked if you can shave your upper lip with a razor. Few areas give more men grief like the unruly growth above your upper lip. We consulted some of the best barbers around to give you the top five tips on how to shave this stubborn area.
Step 1: Wash your face with alcohol free soap.
Use a high quality, alcohol-free soap to get the day’s gunk off your face and beard. You may want to enlist the help of a washcloth to help exfoliate away dead skin cells which can clog pores and hinder beard growth. Having a clean face can also prevent razor burn on your upper lip.
Step 2: Never shave up. Always shave down.
To start, use your lower lip to grab and press your top lip into your mouth. This will help spread out any hairs currently lying down. Next, using your razor, start at the top of your lip and shave in a downward motion.
Step 3: Multiple and precise strokes.
Even though shaving isn’t the best part of your day and you want to rush through it, it’s important to take your time with your upper lip. Use multiple strokes to thoroughly go over the area and shave under your nose.
Step 4: Shave the corners
Slide your lips to the side, making a face that looks like you’re about to whistler out of the side of your mouth. This may look funny, but again, we want your whiskers standing at attention so they can be easily shaved. Then, if you want, try and whistle!
Step 5: Shave the stragglers
For the last remaining hairs that avoided your razor’s wrath, you might want to use your free hand and index finger to raise your nose and expose the hairs at the base of your nostrils. This two-handed approach will surely get you the close shave you crave.
Step 6: Apply a high quality lotion or moisturizer
Make sure you have a high quality, alcohol-free lotion or post shave cream. Even though you may have shaved gently, you skin doesn’t agree. In order to make sure you don’t get razor burn or razor bumps, apply a soothing moisturizer to your face and you’re ready to face the day.