Pre & Post shave basics
November 7, 2016
This guide covers products that will make shaving that little bit more rewarding.
Pre Shave Oils
The unsung hero of the daily shave. For most men, pre-shave oils are the unsung heroes of the daily shave. Compact, versatile and easy to use, they help keep the skin moist during shaving and help nourish and moisturise skin afterwards. Requiring only a small amount to get the job done they provide superb lubrication and because they don’t create a pocket of air between skin and razor like some foams and gels can, they give a smoother, less irritating shave. They’re also perfect for anyone with facial hair or blemishes to navigate since their transparent nature means you can see exactly where you’re shaving. The other big advantage is their size. Because of their compact nature they’re perfect for travel, for gym bags or for men on-the-go.
Soothe, calm and repair skin. With shaving removing the top layers of skin and causing microscopic abrasions, the use of a post shave product to soothe, calm and repair skin is essential. So always ensure that applying an aftershave balm is the final step in your shaving routine. Much gentler than aftershaves (if something stings it isn’t doing you much good), balms are formulated with ingredients to repair skin damage, calm redness, soothe irritation and re-hydrate freshly-shaved skin.
The perfect cure for nicks, cuts and razor burn. Used by man since Egyptian times as a fast and effective remedy for cuts, nicks and razor burn and popular with traditional barbers for hundreds of years, the alum block is the grooming world’s best kept secret. It’s also one worth discovering for yourself. Made of potassium alum, which has natural antiseptic and astringent properties it’s also a natural styptic, stopping bleeding and helping heal small wounds. You simply wet the block and apply to the skin. Nothing is simpler or more effective.
- The biggest mistake men make when using pre-shave oil is applying too much. Just three drops is often all that’s required to achieve perfect results. Drop into the palms of your hands, rub together and then massage into wet skin, using gentle circular motions to ensue the stubble is adequately coated.
- If you have particularly sensitive or easily irritated skin look for balms containing skin-soothing Aloe Vera.
- Alum’s astringent properties mean it’s also great at closing pores and tackling grease. Simply moisten and swipe across problem areas.