Men's Life Today
Shave Like a Leprechaun
By Dr. Josh Zeichner
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I was inspired by our fair-skinned friend the leprechaun. All the leprechaun renderings I’ve seen are men with full red beards. But I noticed there are two distinct groups of leprechauns: The first set has mustaches and the second does not. So for the Irish (and the Irish-at-heart), this week’s blog will focus on shaving your mustache.
The bristles of the mustache are the thickest on your face. As a result, you need to take special care when shaving your upper lip. The best time to shave is after a hot shower or after applying warm water to the face. This will soften up your stubble so it can more easily be cut by the razor blade. Generously apply your shaving gel and let it sit for a good 30 seconds before shaving. If you are shaving your whole face, start with the cheeks, then move to the neck and finally end with the mustache. The longer the shaving gel can sit on your face, the more time it will have to help hydrate the hairs and minimize the amount of razor drag when you shave.
If you decide to shave only your mustache and not your beard this St. Patrick’s Day, take it slow: It’ll give your mustache stubble the time it needs to soften up -- particularly if you typically leave your ’stache to be shaved last.