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How Exfoliating Can Help Improve Your Shaves

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What’s the secret to a great shave? Preparing for it.

Whether you’re shaving your facial hair or manscaping, cleansing and exfoliating your face and body can produce better, more satisfying results.

Why Exfoliate?

As you live out your day, your skin naturally accumulates oil, dirt, and dry or dead skin cells. This can make it difficult for your razor to glide smoothly across your skin when you shave. By using an exfoliator, you remove this surface layer of skin and leave behind a smoother surface for your blade.

Excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells can also hold your hair flat against your skin. When this happens, your razor has to perform extra work, tugging, pulling, and catching on your hair. This can leave you with irritation, razor bumps, and razor burns afterwards. And you most certainly want to avoid that — especially if you’re manscaping sensitive areas, like your pubic hair.

Exfoliating helps you accomplish just that. It raises up your hair and makes it more reachable along your blade’s path, leading to smoother, closer shaves. If you consider that men’s grooming routines can include anywhere between 30 and 700 strokes, then you want to make sure each glide is as effortless as possible.

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Also, when you exfoliate, you allow your shaving gel or foam to interact more closely with your skin. We recommend Gillette Labs Quick Rinse Shaving Foam which helps protect against shaving irritation.

In fact, these Gillette Labs shaving gels and foams actually amplify the benefits of exfoliation. They can play an essential part in any man’s grooming kit, providing an additional layer of protection, helping retain moisture, and allowing hairs to soak up water, swell, and become easier to cut. This results in more comfortable shaves, less irritation, and fewer ingrown hairs or razor bumps.

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Furthermore, gels and foams provide a simple, practical method to see where you’ve shaved. So your 30 or 700 strokes don’t include re-shaves over areas you’ve already covered, increasing the chances of skin irritation.

How to Exfoliate

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Before you begin, splash warm water on your face. This will start to soften your facial hair and loosen dead skin cells, making the exfoliating process easier.

As for the actual exfoliation, we’ve made it easy for you: you can shave with the Gillette Labs with Exfoliating Bar razor. It comes with exfoliating technology built into the handle, which helps remove dirt and debris before the blades pass — for a shave as quick and easy as washing your face.

You should never exfoliate after shaving, however. This could cause irritation, especially if you have any nicks and cuts on your skin.

After you’re done shaving, you can also apply Gillette Labs Fast Absorbing Moisturiser for added comfort. Its formula contains Niacinamide to hydrate skin and fortify its moisture barrier over time, leaving behind an airy, breathable finish with a refreshing fragrance.

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