As your son journeys through puberty you will need to show him how to shave. It’s a skill that is learned and definitely requires practice. It’s also best if a male family member leads the demonstration. Boys typically develop facial hair at around age fourteen.
Choosing a razor
When choosing a razor, the two choices are electric or blade razors. To begin with, an electric razor could be the easiest choice as your child is less likely to cut himself. They are also convenient as he won’t need to use shaving cream or prepare his face. Blade razors do offer a closer shave but this shouldn’t be an issue to begin with.
Shaving tips for blade razors:
Prepare the face
His face will first need to be wet with warm water and then shaving cream applied. This is essential to prevent the skin being irritated.
Demonstrate how short strokes are best. The razor should glide over the skin. You should encourage him to shave in the direction that the hair is growing in to help prevent cuts and nicks. Once he becomes more confident with the razor, he will be able to shave against the hair growth for a closer shave. He should also rinse the razor after each stroke and once finished gently pat the facial area with a clean, dry towel.
Clean the blades
If your child is using a blade razor, he should always rinse the blade after each use and then pat it dry with a towel.
Don't share razors
You should take care to stress the importance of never sharing a razor with others as this can lead to a variety of problems including infection.
Don't go overboard
Your son probably won’t need to shave every day, at least for a while; once a week may be sufficient.