How long should it take to shave my face?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

How long it takes you to shave your face is less important than using good technique. For a great shave that protects your facial skin, follow these steps recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology:

  • Always wet your beard first.
  • As you shave, don't go against the grain; always shave in the direction your hair grows.
  • Try to shave every patch of skin just once; avoid repeating strokes.
  • Keep the skin on your face relaxed. Don't contort your mouth or use your free hand to stretch your facial skin.

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