Prepare the Skin
Before you begin to shave, take time to prepare the skin. This will ensure that the razor runs smoothly across the face, minimizing the potential for razor burn. If you exfoliate before you shave, you will remove dead skin cells and debris that can cloud the complexion.
Open the Pores
Use warm water, a hot towel, or the steam from your shower or bath to open your pores and soften the bristles prior to shaving. This will make the short, stiff hairs easier to cut, giving you a closer shave and a smoother finish.
Apply a Pre-Shave Product
Good lubrication is essential. Without it, you will find that the blade of your razor can catch on the skin causing small nicks or cuts. If the razor catches on the skin and drags against it during shaving, you may experience razor burn. To ensure that the sharp blade of the razor glides smoothly across the skin, apply a natural shaving cream, soap or gel. Plant-based moisturizers, such as aloe, create a protective layer on top of the skin. You can create a creamy lather by applying shaving cream with a shaving brush using circular motions.
If the bristles of your beard have become longer than usual, or if you have particularly stiff hairs, you may benefit from using a natural pre-shave oil. Botanical ingredients and moisturizing oils will soften the beard bristles and reduce the possibility that the razor will catch or drag against the skin.
If you prefer the convenience of an electric razor, it is best to use a natural pre-shave product that has been specially developed for this type of hair removal. Essential oils can soften the stiff bristles on the face, making them easier to cut with the foils of an electric shaver.
Tackling Tricky Areas
If you find it difficult to shave around your lips and chin, leave these areas until last. This will give your shaving cream or pre-shave oil more time to soak in and soften the bristles. When you come to shave these areas, the natural ingredients will have worked their magic and you will achieve a more comfortable shave.
After shaving, your skin may be red and irritated. You can use natural aftershave creams, balms or lotions to calm and soothe the skin. Some natural ingredients, such as tea tree, lavender and peppermint oils, have a cooling effect on the skin which can be comforting after the rigors of shaving. By using an aftershave product that contains natural hydrating ingredients, you can replenish the moisture lost during the shaving process.
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