Shaving has many brilliant benefits on the skin when done correctly! The perfect shave is about following a four step process, paying close attention to each one with good quality products.
Step One - Exfoliate
When a man shaves, the razor removes up to two layers of dead skin cells - which is brilliant exfoliation for the skin. This process is important as it is these dead skin cells, combined with oil and dirt on the skin surface that block pores which results in break outs. Selecting a good quality shave crème with the right active ingredients is imperative. Look out for an ingredient called dimethacone, this provides the greatest degree of slip, allowing the razor to glide over the skin causing the least amount of irritation. Warm the skin before shaving to open the pores and consider using a shaving brush to spread shave crème evenly and help lift the hair away from the face. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly - ALWAYS shave with the growth of the hair, never against.
Step Two - Deep Cleanse
Following the exfoliation process, it is important the skin is thoroughly cleansed. This removes any lingering hairs, dirt and loose dead skin cells - all of which can result in break outs if left on the skin. A facial wash is recommended at this stage, the men-ü Healthy Facial Wash contains tea tree oil and witch hazel which contains anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients helping to calm any redness and irritation that can result from shaving. Finish by rinsing the skin with cold water to close the pores.
Step Three - Tone
Men have more active sebaceous glands than women, which brings positives and negatives for men. Sebaceous glands secrete oil onto the skin which acts as a natural moisturiser, so as a result - men tend to have better nourished skin than women. However, these natural oils can also block the pores. A toning product is key to bring down the levels of oil on the skin. Natural salicylic acid helps to remove these oils, leaving the skin with a matt finish whilst tightening and smoothing. Key ingredients to look out for are Kaolin Clay and Witch Hazel which are both great for removing excess oil.
Step Four - Condition
There are all kinds of factors that can lead to skin drying out. The face is exposed to all kinds of elements, which can swiftly result in a loss of moisture in the skin. Moisturising is therefore a key step in the shave/skincare routine. Apply moisturisers with clean hands and massage gently into the skin. There are also portable/travel sized moisturisers available, for men who struggle with dry skin, these can be extremely useful as applying small amounts of moisturiser throughout the day is particularly effective in rehydrating skin.
Following these simple steps will guarantee a comfortable, close shave without any of the skin irritation many men suffer with, whilst also providing thorough exfoliation.