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.
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.
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.