Perfecting your shaving routine can be tough. There’s an endless array of products on the market and each person’s skin has its own unique needs and preferences. While many men simply stick with a disposable razor and supermarket shaving cream, there are a number of additions and changes you can make to your shaving routine that can revolutionise your skin.
Putting together a step-by-step routine can work wonders, and help you to say goodbye to nasty razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Here are some of the steps you can take to enhance your shaving routine and give your skin the love and care it deserves.
- Pre-shave oils
If your skin is easily susceptible to razor burns and irritation, pre-shave oils can help add an extra layer of protection between you and your razor. They work by softening your hair and making it easier to shave, while also lubricating your skin and providing it with additional moisture.
Simply massage a small amount of pre-shave oil into your beard for 30 seconds, and then let it sit for another 30 seconds and work its way into your skin. With the right oil, your skin should be left smooth and soft after every shave.
- Lathering agent
From creams and soaps to gels and foams, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to lathering agents. What you want in a lathering agent is one that makes shaving enjoyable, smooth and easy, all while being beneficial to your skin and providing hydration and nourishment.
Finding the right product will depend on your skin type, but make sure to avoid anything that leaves your skin feeling dry and irritated.
- Shaving brush
Shaving brushes are an often overlooked part of many peoples’ shaving routines. Their main purpose is to whip your lathering agent into a thick, even paste that will protect your skin and create the closest shave possible by making your hair stand on its ends.
Shaving brushes are available in many different options, such as horsehair or synthetic materials as a vegan-friendly alternative.
- Safety razors
Shaving with a safety razor is the best thing you can do for your skin, as they reduce razor burns, bumps and ingrown hairs, all while providing a more affordable and sustainable alternative to cartridge or disposable razors.
By exposing your skin to only one razor as opposed to three or more, there is a lower risk of irritation and damage. Safety razors blades are also much sharper and require less pressure to get that close shave that we all desire.
Although they cost more upfront, safety razors ultimately are a much cheaper option than cartridge razors as razor blades are much cheaper than cartridges. They are also typically made from high-quality materials that are recycled or biodegradable. On the other hand, disposable and cartridge razors are made from plastic and often end up in landfills.
- Aftershave lotion
Applying aftershave lotion is one of the most important steps in your shaving routine. Shaving can leave your skin dry and your pores open and vulnerable. Aftershave lotion moisturises the skin and closes your pores to prevent bacteria, chemicals and dirt from getting in and causing the irritation so often associated with shaving.
Most aftershave lotions contain alcohol, which is great at preventing germs from getting inside your pores but can also dry out your skin. If dry skin is an issue for you, consider purchasing an alcohol-free lotion if you can.
- Shaving stand
Shaving stands are a great addition to any bathroom, adding some style to your shaving routine and keeping all your essentials safely in one space. They are great for drying out your razor and shaving brush, minimising the risk of bacteria growth and oxidisation.
- Travel bag
If your work requires you to constantly be on the go from city to city, a travel bag is essential. With a travel bag, you’ll be able to keep all your shaving products secure at all times, and easily accessible when you need them most.
Following the tips in this article should help you to perfect a shaving routine that leaves your skin healthy and gleaming. While you’re on the hunt for the right products for your skin, try and utilise free samples or travel-sized products to avoid investing too much in something that may not be the right fit for you and your shaving routine.