Five O'Clock Shadow

Five O'clock shadow

Five O'clock Shadow

Getting a close, perfect shave is very important for a crossdresser. Unless you are the bearded lady at the circus, you do not want nicks or stubble to ruin your day. Ridding yourself of the five o’clock shadow is indeed possible with a little extra care at the beginning of the day.

Unless you have a light, blonde complexion, have slow beard growth, or are fortunate enough to have had laser hair removal, many CDs I know need to shave every 12 hours or so when spending the day en femme. The following are some helpful hints to help your face have a smooth, feminine texture all day long.

Wash your face—Before you even think about shaving, lather up with a gentle cleanser or face wash to remove any dirt and debris, replenish lost moisture, and fight skin dryness. Be sure to use warm water, which softens facial hair and opens pores for an easier shave.

Dab on a pre-shaving oil—Pre-shave oil is often overlooked, but it prepares the skin and beard before a shave, helping the razor to glide across the face.

Fewer razor blades are better than more—Despite the current trend of four, five, or six blades in a razor, use a razor with fewer blades. Three blades are enough for a great shave, and razors with two blades are ideal for those with sensitive skin or those prone to ingrown hairs.

Warm up your shaving gel—Leave your shave cream or gel in a sink of warm water so that it heats before using. Then massage the warm product into your beard and let set for one to two minutes before you start. Apply in a circular motion to lift facial hairs and lessen irritation. If possible, use a badger hairbrush to pull up the hairs before shaving and to generate a thick lather for your shave.

Shave in the shower—You're already in there, so why not save time and avoid having to clean up a dirty sink? Your beard will be soft from the hot water and steam. That’s why barbers for years have used hot steam towels before a straight razor shave. Shaving in the shower should be the last thing you do to give the beard time to soften.

Shave and swipe—Shave with one stroke and rinse your blade between every swipe. If you need to go over a spot, be sure to apply more shave gel or cream for lubrication. Remember that a sharp blade cuts without pulling hairs, so be sure to change your blade often to avoid a dull razor. And always shave with the grain of the hair and not against it, to avoid skin irritation or ingrown hairs.

Keep it nice and steady—A lot of men are shaving too close to their skin and too aggressively for their own good. Have you seen men with shaving bumps around their neck area? This is caused by shaving too close to the follicle. The skin on the neck is thinner and more sensitive. Most likely the hair has an upward grain or a cowlick on the portion where the irritation occurs. The key is to go with the grain on those sensitive areas to prevent ingrown hair.

Toss that old and raggedy razor—Another major mistake is not changing your razor frequently. A good sign it's time to let go is if the blades tug at your hairs. A dull blade can lead to nicks, which means the razor isn’t going through the beard. Therefore, your skin is susceptible to being cut and razor burn can often result from forcing the dull razor aggressively across the face. Lastly, ingrown hair can be caused by a dull razor pushing the hair and agitating the hair follicle.

Save face with a good after-shave balm or moisturizer—To relieve any irritation and moisturize skin after shaving, it's important to finish your shave with a post-shave balm that will soothe your skin. Stick with alcohol-free products to avoid dryness. Do this and you will see significant changes in the overall condition and health of your skin.

For those long days in makeup—Keep a rechargeable electric razor in your purse. The electric razor can be used right over your makeup for a touch-up. This way you don't have to remove all your makeup to retain a smooth complexion.


  • Veronica

    I agree I know just how hard to keep your facial hairs off your face I've used a great razor called Gillette Skin Guard which has a guard in between the blades to
    prevent skin irritation and gives a great shave and with the shave gel I get a very close shave and no razor bumps then I can cover it up with make-up and my look
    is flawless and it stays fresh all day long without any touch-ups so for anyone who crossdresses this is the best razor on the market today and I'd highly recommend it.You can find them at any discount or drug store where you shop in the United States and it will save you a lot of money but it's well worth it in the
    long run.Love and kisses,Veronica

  • Don

    Thank you very much for the tips,I am fare skin and fare haired, I don,t need to shave very often only about every second day but I do have a dry skin problem and I will try using a different moisturizer. Is their a moisturizer that you could recommend ? Thank you for your tip I hope that their is a Moisturizer you can recommend,Dawn

  • Princess

    YES! Definitely shave first with the grain, then finish second against the grain. My only problem area is my neck, where I use a 45 degree against the grain stroke.

  • Bobbi Jo

    I have just started my transformation. Shaved my face clean. First time in 44 years need some help with cosmetics

  • Kim

    Hi Carollyn, Thank you for the article, I follow all of your steps – except I’m afraid I do the ultimate no-no when it comes to shaving. I actually do shave once against the grain – yikes! I know and I do not recommend it but let me tell you why and how it started. I was at work 20 years ago and a male coworker said he got the closest shave by shaving once with the grain, then again – with a sharp dual blade- against the grain. Being curious I had to try it, and it worked. I carefully shaved once with the grain and then re lathered and so slowly and carefully started up strokes – up my neck, around my chin and up my face. With care I’ve been able to do this for 20 years with only a few small cuts here and there – overall it’s a super close shave – baby soft after one more shave with the grain. Again, I don’t recommend it but it’s so close of a shave I do it at noon one day and I don’t need to shave for work the next morning. My beard is not too thick and its dark blonde so I’m blessed in that regard. Thanks for allowing me to share. Hugs, Kim

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