The elusive perfect shave. Here are Skin1's top tips to achieve it. Exfoliate, but be aware of your skin type as to not over-exfoliate. Shave straight out of the shower, the hot water opens up your pores and softens hair. Find a great pre-shave oil and an even better razor to avoid nicks, cuts and razor burn. Beyond that, follow shaving with a moisturizing balm that hydrates and soothes redness.