In a culture that’s hyper speeding towards efficiency, it’s rare that men take the time to slow down and enjoy self care activities. This is especially true when it comes to using traditional shaving products like pre-shave oil, that were designed to improve the overall enjoyment in a man’s grooming routine.
What is Pre-Shave Oil?
To put quite simply, a pre-shave oil is an oil that is applied to the skin prior to shaving for the purpose of shaving with. It acts as a slippery layer that protects between the blade and the skin, so that there is less friction.
How to apply Pre-Shave Oil?
To get the full benefits to a pre-shave oil, you will have to start off in a hot shower or a hot towel. The hot steam will open up your pores and soften hair follicles, letting the oils soak in more thoroughly and ensure a smoother shave.
After your hot shower or towel, it's time to place a few drops of your pre-shave oil in your hands and rub your palms together to warm the oil. Then massage the oil through your facial hair in circular motions, making sure you rub it down all the way to the skin. Doing this motion will help raise the hairs away from the skin to provide the closest shave. Coat the entire area that you plan to shave, ensuring that a generous amount of works into your beard. Next, wash your hands and begin to lathering your shaving cream. Soap or gel on top of your oil. Why do you need a lather on top of your oil? The oil creates an extra barrier of protection between your skin and the razor blade resulting in an ultra smooth shave with less chance of nicks, cuts and razor burn.
Which Pre-Shave Should I use?
At Royal Shave, we stock an amazing pre-shave oil that never fails to impress us. Our choice is Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-Shave Oil. This high quality product is beloved from barbers and amateur shaving artist across the globe. With it’s fresh lemon scent, it is moisturizing without feeling oily. The most discernible difference between this item and lower quality product is that it is lightweight and contains ten essential oils that don’t exacerbate sensitive skin. This is an essential for a comfortable shave. Ultimately, investing in items like pre-shave oil is made by men who value the practice of self care. A man who takes care of himself first, is capable of taking care of all aspects of his life.