Soothing the shaving routine | Advice for protecting your skin against ingrown hairs, razor burn, irritations and skin problems associated with shaving.
Nothing beats the look and feel of a smooth and comfortable shave. Achieving this is a balance between using quality products and following a skin-friendly shaving routine to prevent ingrown hairs, razor bumps and red irritated skin.
Shaving can be a traumatic process on sensitive skin causing ingrown hairs, redness and irritation that can lead to increased sensation resulting in premature ageing.
A survey conducted by the International Dermal Institute indicates that 79% of male respondents say they have one or more skin problems that they notice daily associated with shaving and yet the selection of their shaving products and routine rarely takes this into account.
What can you do to prevent problems associated with Shaving?
The best preparation is to ensure that the skin is as healthy and hydrated as possible to brave the rigorous shaving process. Well moisturised, protected skin will stand up to the stress of shaving, dehydrated and sensitive skin can react and succumb to razor burn, redness, irritation and ingrown hairs. Following a good skincare routine - cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise using quality products will keep your skin in good condition making it more resilient for your next shave.
Exfoliation between shaves is important to prevent ingrown hairs which lead to razor bumps. Regular use of a gentle exfoliating scrub will tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs, clear the pores and keep the skin primed to absorb hydrating products.
Use of a hot towel or a warm shower prior to shaving helps to open pores and soften the facial hair making removal easier and therefore less stressful on the skin.
Ensure the face and hair are completely wet to avoid pulling during the shaving process. If possible apply shaving gel and leave it to soak in for up to a minute before shaving. Using a shaving brush ensures your shaving product is worked into the skin and around the hair allowing the razor to shave closely without the need to pull the skin. This approach followed consistently should prevent the recurrence of ingrown hairs that can lead to razor bumps.
Choose a good quality shaving gel without any dehydrating ingredients that forms a rich lather to lift the bristles, so the blade can glide smoothly over the skin, simultaneously preventing razor burn and cuts whilst soothing your skin. Using a sharp, clean razor will prevent drag on compromised skin. After rinsing gently pat the face dry - rubbing the skin with a towel can be irritating and aggravate the skin.
Post Shave Care
Skin relies on the lipid barrier layer for protection, to keep moisture in and irritants out. This barrier is weakened during shaving, exposing the skin to irritants. It is therefore important to finish the shave ritual with a post shave product that will restore the skins natural balance to shield it from pollutants and improve hydration.
Natural anti-bacterial ingredients in our Post-Shave Balm which include iodine and magnesium help to prevent infection and provide calming properties to the skin, making it the perfect addition to your shaving routine.