If, like so many others, you have sensitive skin; shaving can often cause you an incredible amount of discomfort. Despite the sharp stinging sensation, the burning, and the sheer irritably shaving can cause, there are many who continue to put themselves through this painful, yet essential grooming process without considering that there might be a better way.
In this post, we provide some practical advice about the best way to shave if you have sensitive skin and offer some guidance about the best skincare products. In doing this, we hope that you can help alleviate some of the redness, in-growing hairs, and sheer misery that can be experienced when you have to shave with sensitive skin.
‘’Sensitive skin is more commonplace now than ever before. Approximately 40-45% of men admit to suffering with sensitive to highly sensitive skin at one point or another in their lives.’’
Starting your routine with a clean face is essential. Regardless of whether your face appears ‘clean’ or not, you should be using a face wash specifically designed for men. It will help to free your face from unseen bacteria and dirt; all of which help to prepare the surface of your skin for your shave.
Exfoliation is another key stage of preparation; it is vital that you do this at least once a week if you have sensitive skin, up to a maximum of three times per week. A facial scrub is an easy product to use and works similarly to the facial wash we mentioned earlier, but it works with a bit more vigour and actually removes the top layers of dead skin cells that can sit on the face.
If you can, try to get some steam to your face before shaving. You can do this by having a quick shower or simply by patting a warm damp cloth to your face. It opens up your pores and softens your hair before shaving; both of which can really help where sensitive skin is concerned.
It goes without saying, the products you use for shaving with sensitive skin are key. Avoid foaming products or those which lather as these are notoriously bad for sensitive skin. Another type of product you should avoid at all costs are alcohol-based varieties.
Natural shaving butter is swiftly becoming one of the most talked about products in shaving products for sensitive skin. The fewer chemicals, the better; and as with this dual action shave cream, you get a non-foaming shave solution that is packed with natural botanical extracts that actually help to combat inflammation while giving your skin a healthy dose of natural moisturise too.
Always make sure you shave with the grain (the direction your hair is growing). Practically, this means you shave upwards on the neck, and downwardly on the face. If you have experienced ingrowing hairs, then shaving with the grain can significantly reduce the likelihood of this occurring again.
The next element of the shave is the device. You need to choose a high-quality product, and for sensitive skin, a safety razor is usually best as it can prevent unnecessary irritation while delivering a nice smooth shave.
Natural aftershave is still one of the most under-rating products for use with sensitive skin. If you use a chemical-based product or the wrong product in general, it can wreak havoc with your skin and cause it to become dry and irritable.
A good aftershave regime needs to soothe your skin. Using an all-natural post-shave cream is recommended as it works restoratively to replenish some of the lost oils and moisture that is lost through the shaving process.
Getting yourself into a skincare routine will help you go through the correct process more easily. Using products that are free from chemicals, non-alcohol-based, and wherever possible, from a natural skincare company is key. Regardless of your skin type, you need to find the right products for your face; moisturizing daily is also a must.
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