There is much more to shaving then simply using a razor blade. Without good products that you use on your skin for the pre-shave and after shave process, your skin will suffer from the shaving process. When you shave without these products, your skin will probably suffer from razor burn, rashes, abrasions, and other painful and unsightly side effects. Here are some products that you can use before and after you shave in order to reduce negative side effects for your skin.
Before You Shave
First, you need to properly prep your skin for shaving. When your skin isn’t properly prepped before you start to shave, then your skin will be too dry for a close shave. This means that, without pre-shave products, you will probably have to shave more often because you won’t be able to get as close of a shave. Before you shave, you can use pre-shave oil. Before you shave, you put a little bit of oil on your hands and use your hands to massage the oil onto your beard. The oil works to soften the hairs of your beard, allowing for a closer and more comfortable shave. As you can see, pre-shave oil can help you get a better shave with your razor.
After You Shave
Just like pre-shave oil, the right products applied after you shave can greatly improve your shaving process. After you shave, you can use either a balm or a gel to moisturize your skin. After you have shaved, your skin is in a state of irritation from the annoyance of having a razor blade rubbed against your sensitive facial skin. A balm uses shea butter and other moisturizing ingredients to restore the moisture to your skin you may have lost in shaving and to soothe your irritated skin. Similarly, a gel uses algae and herbal extracts to hydrate your skin so that you can maintain healthy looking and feeling facial skin after shaving. The soothing affects of an after shave product are very important in reducing the appearance of razor burn or other types of skin irritation after shaving.