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Do you complain about post-shaving irritations? A pre-shave oil may be the component you are missing.
Pre-Shave oils help protect the skin from the harshness of shaving; this is because they allow the razor to glide smoothly over the surface of the skin. Thus, reducing nicks, cuts, and general irritaions that result from shaving.
Is Pre-Shave Oil Necessary?
You may be wondering if pre-shave oil is needed? I mean, maybe it is just one of those unnecessary products trying to swipe our cash. (Save money with DIY).
While a pre-shave oil may not be necessary, it can be immensely helpful. To be extremely concise, pre-shave oils make shaving more comfortable.
Pre-Shave oils can do wonders for people with sensitive skin, or those who shave daily.
What Does Pre-Shave Oil Do?
Pre-Shave Oil lubricates your skin, acting as a barrier between your skin and the razor.
It also softens your skin and makes it more flexible. Your skin can move and bend under the razor, ensuring the tension on the surface of your skin doesn’t become too high and cause a small puncture or nick.
Pre-shave oil allows the razor blade to get a closer cut on the hair follicle, giving you a smooth shave.
Natural Vs. Synthetic Pre-Shave Oils
Synthetic pre-shave oils contain mineral oil to offer results; natural pre-shave oils will use carrier oils such as castor or grapeseed oil instead. Synthetic she-shave oils will usually contain synthetic fragrances, whereas a natural pre-shave oil will utilize essential oils for scent.
Mineral oil is a petroleum product, and we at The Best Organic Skin Care feel that this is an ingredient to be avoided. Natural carrier oils derived from plants offer not only slippage but also contain antioxidants and essential fatty acids that will nourish the skin.
Difference Between Pre-Shave Oil and Beard Oil
A beard oil consists of the same ingredients as pre-shave oil – i.e., essential oils and carrier oils. So what is the difference?
Beard oils have the purpose of nourishing the skin as well as the facial hair; they often contain richer carrier oils than pre-shave oils.
Beard oils focus heavily on smell; their scent is meant to linger through the day. Pre-shave oils are washed off the skin and only contain fragrance to make using them more pleasurable.
How to Use a Pre-Shave Oil
Here is a simple, step-by-step routine for incorporating pre-shave oils into your daily shave.
- Take a warm shower
- Pat face dry
- Apply pre-shave oil
- Apply Shaving Cream
Take a warm shower to get your whiskers softened d your skin prepped for shaving.
Gently pat dry to absorb water without causing irritation from rubbing.
Place about drops of oil onto your hand and rub your hands together. Apply the oil to your skin and work it in. Allow time for the oil to penetrate.
Use this time to get your shaving cream ready. After a couple of minutes, apply a thick layer of shave cream on top of your pre-shave oil.
Shave as you usually would 🙂 Once you have made the initial pass, apply another layer of oil and shave cream to catch any hairs you may have missed.
Using pre-shave oil can up your shaving game. If you are someone who wants a daily close shave, or your skin needs extra pampering not to freak out, pre-shave oil can help.
If you want to save money by making your n pre-shave oil, have a look at our easy and customizable recipes.
We hope this guide is helpful to you 🙂 If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, we always answer.
To your Smooth Shave,