As many as 70% of British men describe their skin as “sensitive”. This can mean anything from experiencing frequent razor burn and redness, to simply being prone to bumps and dry patches. But no matter what form it takes, sensitive skin can make shaving a difficult and unpleasant process; and one that can lead to discomfort and visible soreness.
The good news, however, is that most men who report sensitive skin can actually do a lot to alleviate the discomfort – and not to mention exasperation – they so often experience. In fact, many of the problems that often accompany sensitive are largely the result of a poor shaving technique, or wider disregard for proper skin care.
Developing a skin care routine for sensitive skin can be easier than you think. By implementing a handful of simple steps before, during, and after your shave, you should begin to see considerable improvements in both the look and feel of your skin.
Managing sensitive skin begins at outset of your morning routine. Before you do anything with a razor or exfoliator, be sure to gently wash you face with warm water to remove bacteria and harmful impurities from your pores. Applying warm water to your face also carries the advantage of softening your skin and opening pores, making shaving an altogether smoother process. For the very best results, try applying a warm cloth to your face for around a minute.
Once you face is sufficiently clean, it’s time to apply moisturiser (that’s right, before the shave). Making sure you face is properly hydrated is especially important for men with sensitive skin. With each swipe of the blade, you’re removing moisture from the skin, meaning that pre-shaving moisturising is nothing short of essential if you want to maintain sufficient hydration.
When it comes to preparing for the shave itself, selecting the right gel is vital. Our new Gillette Skinguard sensitive shave gel has removed all of the alcohols and dyes that can create irritation, and its formula contains lubricants that can help guard against nicks and cuts, resulting in a comfortable and smooth shave. Adding just this one product to your morning routine can go a long way toward protecting and healing your skin.