Whether you are talking beards or legs, getting a comfortable close shave is not done in 3 minutes flat using any old soap and a single use razor! No, it takes a little time, care and great products which actually help, not hinder, the process. Wet shaving at home used to be an art-form when hot towels were plentiful and getting into a lather felt fabulous but these days, most of us settle for a quick scrape rather than luxuriating in the experience, often resulting in bumpy dry and occasionally sore skin! Why should something that can feel fabulous become automated and rushed?
Traditional wet beard shaving has however seen a resurgence in recent years with barber shops, spas and dedicated grooming parlours offering the very best in techniques and products - and the benefits are numerous. Wet shaving, when done properly at home or by a skin care professional exfoliates away those rather grey and drab dead skin cells, allowing skin to breathe whilst improving tone and texture (that goes for those legs too!).
Heading out to get a regular shave is not the most practical solution for most of us but investing in a good shaving kit and taking a little time out each day to enjoy the process will have your skin looking and feeling healthier and smoother in no time.
Avoid any use of soap on areas you shave, instead use a non drying, soap-free cleansing bar such as Dermalogica Clean Bar which cleanses, soothes and supports the skins own moisture barrier. Use on the in-between days to protect and cleanse skin.
The trick to getting a decent shave without the cuts and razor burn is to get the skin warm and pliable so that pores open and muscles relax. Begin by taking a long hot shower or use the traditional towel technique with plenty of hot water and a couple of cotton facecloths adding a drop or two of essential oils such as Lavender, Cedarwood or Sandalwood to the water for added comfort and luxury.
To prepare skin for that all important razor contact try Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub to cleanse and exfoliate, preventing ingrown hairs and uneven tone. Use before shaving, rinsing clean away to reveal razor ready skin.
For a really close comfortable shave try Dermalogica Close Shave Oil which offers a protective barrier whilst improving the quality of your shave. Packed with essential oils to tone and condition skin, minimizing razor burn and cuts. Shave with the hair, not against it.
If oil isn’t you thing and prefer the more traditional approach try Dermalogica Invigorating Shave Gel which delivers a close comfortable shave with ‘wake me up’ freshness.
Don’t forget to use plenty of hot water throughout and rinse the razor regularly to avoid clogging and subsequent skin drag. Once you have finished, rinse throughly with fresh warm water and pat dry.
To finish up, a post shave balm such as the appropriately named Dermalogica Post Shave Balm will have your skin feeling refreshed, comfortable and smelling divine!
If you are nervous about making the switch to Dermalogica Shave products why not try the mini Dermalogica Shave Kit System which offers all you need in one perfectly sized package - it also happens to be the perfect size to throw in the gym bag or hand luggage!