Editor’s note: The following is part three of a three-part series written by Matthew Ruggieri, founder of The Motley, a men’s grooming site. I’m happy Matt is able to share this great information with us and I hope you gents will get plenty of use out of this series.

As always, please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section directly below this article! We love hearing from you.



If you read this blog, you most likely understand the importance of personal appearance. However, sometimes as men, the facts elude us. Here are the basic steps to skin, grooming and hair care in a series we are calling, “Maintenance 101.”

Part III: Shaving


  • Avoid shaving first thing in the morning This lets puffiness subside.
  • Thoroughly cleanse entire face See Part I: Skin Care for tips.
  • Exfoliate shaving area This brings hairs to the surface and removes dead skin making it easier for your razor to do its job with less irritation.
  • Moisturize Dampen the area to be shaved with warm water.


  • Apply shaving cream.
  • Let stand 1-2 minutes.
  • Hold skin taut and shave with the grain of your face this substantially reduces redness bumps and ingrown hairs.
  • Shave in short slow strokes This provides a more controlled shave.
  • Rinse blade in hot water every three to four strokes.

Second Shave

  • For special occasions, shave again against the grain Do not do this every day.
  • First, moisturize area to be shaved again since you just shaved off a layer of skin and stubborn hair.
  • Re-wet skin and apply shaving cream
  • In short gentle strokes shave in the opposite direction while holding skin taut.
  • Rinse and pat dry


  • Do not use a brand with menthol, a “cooling effect,” or alcohol. It may feel nice, but it wreaks havoc on your skin.
  • Less is more apply no more than a quarter-teaspoon sized amount in your hands. This is enough for the face and neck.
  • If you do not use after-shave an oil-free moisturizer will do just fine.


  • It’s best to shower first. This gives your pores time to open and the hair follicles will swell.
  • If you start with dry skin, throughly wet face, don’t just splash water on your skin.
  • Do not use a dull blade. Discard every four to five uses.
  • Avoid shaving creams with foaming agents because they make it harder for the blade to do its job, and the chemicals are no friend to your skin.


This is the conclusion of Matt’s three-part series, Maintenance 101. Feel free to leave your comments and questions below and we will be sure and respond.

Look forward to other informational articles from Matt in the future! In the meantime, check out The Motley for all your manly grooming necessities.

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