From applying a hydrating shaving gel, to using fresh razor blades and always moisturising, there are lots of factors that can help you to get a smoother shave.
But how often do you exfoliate? Using an exfoliator before shaving is actually one of the most important factors in getting a smooth, close shave. Whether you buy a gentle face scrub, or mix your own using naturally-exfoliating ingredients like oatmeal and sea salt, make sure you’re not skipping this crucial stage when shaving if you’re aiming for a perfectly smooth finish.
What Does Exfoliating Do?
Exfoliating can help to remove dry or dead skin cells from the very top layer of your skin to keep it looking fresh.
Apply your exfoliator using your fingertips, working in a circular motion to get maximum coverage over your skin. This will help to unclog more of your pores and get rid of more dead skin, creating a smoother surface – exactly what you need before shaving.
That circular scrubbing motion can also help to improve your circulation, keeping your skin looking fresh and glowing.
Why You Need to Exfoliate Before Shaving
Exfoliating before shaving can provide your razor with a much smoother surface to glide across for a smoother shave. This isn’t just because excess dirt, oil and dead skin cells will be removed, but also because exfoliating can lift hairs to stop them from lying flat against your skin.
If your facial hair is lying flat, your razor will be forced to pull it up, meaning there’s more chance of painful nicks and tugs from your blade.
Lifting hairs before shaving also means your shaving gel or foam can get much closer to your skin, for an even smoother finish and extra protection from shaving side effects like razor bumps. Most men make between 30 and 700 strokes with their razor every time they shave, so you need to do everything you can to keep your skin smooth and free from irritation – using our SkinGuard Sensitive Razor could also help.
Before you exfoliate, you should splash your face with warm water to soften your facial hair, and loosen any dry or dead skin, making it easier for the scrub to do its job.
You might notice some redness after exfoliating, but this is normal after you’ve been scrubbing your skin, and splashing your face with cold water should help to tone this down.
Why You Should Never Exfoliate After Shaving
Avoid exfoliating after shaving – if you have made a few nicks or cuts, scrubbing them could make them irritated and sore.
You need to close your pores after shaving, not open them. You can do this by splashing your face with cold water to shock them into closing, before applying moisturiser, which is the final step to achieving a smooth shave.