Dr Petcha

Best Time For Men To Shave

Shaving is a very crucial part of a man’s lifestyle. A fresh shave early in the morning will give you a clean, polished look and boost your confidence throughout the day. Have you ever wonder whether the morning is the best time to shave? Most of us do shave in the morning purely out of habit created over the years. However, the best time to shave your face might be just before going to bed at night. Here are 5 things you may not have thought of: 

1) You are not time-bound:

Shaving in the morning means that more often than not you are on a tight schedule. You will have to brush, shower, make breakfast, and squeeze in your shaving. Doing all this, you are likely to drain half of your morning energy even before the day begins. On the other hand, you are less bound by time and can work at your own slow pace. When you shave leisurely you really start to enjoy the process and can thoroughly cover all the steps of lathering, shaving, and aftercare. This gives you a cleaner and smoother shave overall. 

2) You can sneak in some extra sleep:

5 minutes of extra sleep in the morning really does matter right? That feeling of knowing you have some more time to sleep is timeless. An average man takes about 15 mins to complete a shave. Shift your shaving routine to the night and Voila! You now have an extra 15 mins to snooze. Added bonus if you are an early riser, then you can use this extra time to read, have breakfast, or reflect on your plans for the day. 

3) You make a lot fewer mistakes

Whether you are a newbie or an experienced shaver, you are bound to make mistakes, especially when you are in a hurry. Let’s be honest, on most mornings, we are in a great hurry. According to sleep scientists, we are usually in a state of sleep inertia for up to two hours after waking up. Since most of us tend to shave at this time, we end up making mistakes of leaving patches unshaved. 

Don’t you hate it when you show up to work with a nasty cut or two on your face? Shaving at night does not mean that you will not make mistakes but it does mean you can have the luxury of taking as much as time as you want to shave. And cuts if any will also have time to heal overnight.  

4) Your skin has time to heal

The process of shaving is traumatic for your skin. The skin which was covered under facial hair is now suddenly exposed through shaving. This can irritate the skin and in some cases lead to itchy and painful bumps. When you sleep after a shave, your skin has ample amounts of time to heal. This way you do not have to show up to work with irritated skin or painful bumps. 

5) You might skip important steps

Shaving is a long process and it requires a lot of precision, time, and care. Every step in the process is equally important and skipping any one of these steps could lead to cuts. In a hurried morning, you might forget or skip steps in order to save time. Not wetting your face before the shave, not letting the cream sit on your face for long enough, or not rinsing the razor after each swipe is some common mistake men tend to make in a hurry. When you do this, you run the risk of irritating your skin.


When it comes to personal grooming and shaving, there is no right or wrong time to do anything. It all depends on your comfort and habit. However, shaving before bed definitely has its share of advantages. If you already have a fixed routine that works for you then you might as well stick to it. For me personally, the benefits of a night shave definitely outdo the cons and I am going to give it a try.