Most shavers know the concepts of beard reduction and stubble grain. But what about a more subtle concept: shaving along the skin’s facets? Rather than take long, sweeping strokes with the razor, take shorter strokes that follow the flattest parts of the “shaving terrain,” like shaving a diamond. I think you’ll find that shaving with the facets results in a more consistent shave–even if you use a razor with a pivoting head.
A Critical Look At Your Face
The first step to facet shaving is to take a critical look at your face. Much like determining the grain of your stubble, it may help to map the area out, something like this:
Of course this will depend entirely on the shape of your face. For myself, my side facets generally go from my upper cheek to where my upper and lower jaws meet, from where the jaws meet to the lower jaw, from the lower jaw to the top of the neck, then the neck itself.
My front facets include the mustache area, from the lower lip to the top of the bottom jaw, from the jaw to the chin, and so forth.
So when you are shaving your “reduction passes” on your face you are now paying attention to not only the grain direction but also the facet. I find it useful to present a clean edge (a rinsed razor) to each facet. I think this way of shaving may be a more efficient technique as well, since you may be less likely to repeat strokes in a relatively small area. You may actually find your shaves take less time too.
Give this technique a try and let me know if it improves your shave!