For a lot of us, shaving our faces is an unavoidable part of life. Even I myself have had to shave to the skin in the past, as I've gotten older though, I have accepted that I have to rock a full beard in order to avoid ingrown hairs.

A common issue amongst most men, ingrown hairs can be painful, itchy and look really gross.

So how to you protect your skin from the harsh realities of shaving?

1. Start with a solid base.

The most important thing to remember is to use a high quality shaving cream or oil and lather that mug up so you can't see your skin. If you are currently not using a shaving cream or oil of some sort, you really need to start man.

2. Use a good razor blade.

This is so important, if you use those "manky" looking single blade razors, your almost certain to experience ingrown hairs and irritation after shaving, regardless of what you do post shave to remedy it. Just start with the goods!

3. Lock that moisture in.

After you have dragged a razor blade (hopefully a good one) across your face, you have to realise how much damage that has done to the surface, so you really want to make sure you re-hydrate and moistures your skin. Products like Hyaluronic Acid and Sativa Seed Extract are more hydrating than most regular moisturiser formulations. Check out our mask Dope Hydration for a mad after shave hydrating mask.

4. Exfoliate the next day.

Hopefully your not in a position where you have to do a full shave everyday (if you are I feel sorry for you). So on day two, make sure you exfoliate with some AHA based products maybe with some secondary BHA ingredients

5. Avoid shaving to the skin.

If at all possible, just avoid shaving right down to the skin, if you just trim your beard right down to a zero with some facial clippers, you can just rock a really subtle five o'clock shadow and still look super professional and fly.

Do you have any tips for keeping your skin fresh after a shave? let us know in the comments.