Your complete shaving kit

Your complete shaving kitIt sounds like more of a mission than it really is, but by building your shaving kit, your skin will love you forever.

Pre-shave

There are a few ways to prep your skin before shaving. If you enjoy using products, try an exfoliant scrub or a pre-shave cream that opens your pores. We recommend Dermalogica’s Pre-Shave Guard, R350 or a pre-shave oil that acts like a cushion between the razor and your skin and will allow for that close shave. Try Dermalogica Close Shave Oil, R270. Alternatively, if products aren’t for you, shower before shaving or wrap a hot, wet towel around your face for a minute. Your goal is to get your skin supple.

Oils

If you use of an electric shaver keep extra blade oil in your shaving kit. Most electric shavers do come with blade oil but you never know when you’re going to run out. Without the oil, your shaver is not going to feel so good on your skin and those blades won’t turn as well either. Rather be safe than sorry.

When it comes to shaving and you need something soapy, you can choose anything from creams to foams to soaps and even gels. Each will assist with hydrating and protecting the skin.

Cream/foam

These products both perform the same task – softening facial hairs. However, shaving foams tend to contain more air. One of the advantages of shaving with a cream or foam, though, is that it rinses easily off your blade. TIP: For best results, massage the product into your skin for about a minute before shaving. Try Lancome High Definition Shaving Foam, R240.

Soap

There’s nothing wrong with a shave every now and then with good old soap and warm water. Just be careful, as soap tends to dry out skin on your face.

Gel

Gels have become very popular lately. While they create a polished surface that allows for maximum shaving performance, some gels are quite thick and don’t wash off blades (or your face) as easily. If you have more time in your shaving routine then this shouldn’t matter. Try Nivea for Men Skin Energy Instant Effect Q10 Shaving Gel, R54.99.

Now that we have the products, what razor/shaver should you use? The short answer: it’s a personal preference depending on what ever works best for your skin. Do try the different products available to find the best one for you.

Electric shavers

Three words: Convenient. Fast. Long-lasting. The one disadvantage is that they don’t seem to give that close shave men really want. But the upside is they don’t cause razor burn or nasty cuts.

Disposable razors

The name sums it up. They don’t require much cleaning and are inexpensive, and when you’re done with them you simply, well, dispose of them. You can find them in a variety of blades, starting at the most basic to the latest elaborate designs.

Straight razors

These razors are the traditional kind and are usually found in a barbershop. They are quite expensive, but if you want a really close shave, then it might be worth the investment. They are so precise they create the perfect beard.

Now that you know what should be applied to your skin before shaving and the different types of razors available, take these products into account after shaving to relieve dryness, razor burn and cuts.

Post-shave products

There are plenty aftershave balms available on the market. Look out for ones that soothe, comfort and moisturise your skin. Try MiN New York SOLUTION, R295, Justine Post Shave Soothing Gel, R110 and Clarins Men AfterShave Soother, R355.

If you don’t want to spend money on products then simply splash cold water on your face to help close your pores, pat dry with a soft towel and finish with your daily moisturiser.

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