March 18, 2021 3 min read

Shaving products

Foams and Gels

In general these contain alcohol, artificial colours and gases (if supplied in aerosol can). These can cause sensitivity and strip the skin of its natural oils causing dryness.

Shaving Cream

Normally a mixture of oils, soaps, water and surfactants. Creams lubricate the skin allowing the blade to glide over the skin.

Traditional shaving soap

Lather-up soaps contain significant amounts of fat which is why the lather is warm and thick, giving the best protection,

Shaving oil

This is generally used as a pre-shave product, applied before soap or cream to act as an additional protective barrier for the skin,

The benefits of using a shaving brush

The application of shaving products is often overlooked.

If you apply shaving cream using your hands, the hairs are being matted down on the surface of your skin, This means you are physically pushing dirt into your hair follicles as you prepare to shave.

This movement also makes it harder for the razor blade to get a clean cut on the base of the hair which may lead to several strokes, increasing irritation and bumps.

A shaving brush not only generates a rich lather but is also helps to provide gentle exfoliation to the surface of your skin. It helps to stand your hairs up on edge making it easier for the razor to cut the hair as it glides across your skin.

Why 1 blade is better than 5

More blades aren't better, in fact, more blades can actually cause more problems.

Every time the blade glides over your skin it causes trauma to the skin so it's important to minimise this through fewer blades and strokes.

Multi-blade razors

- Cuts beneath the surface of the skin.

The first blade lifts the hair and the next blades cut the hair below the surface of the skin,

When you shave against the direction of hair growth, the tip of the hair goes deeper beneath the surface of your skin. This increases the chance of razor burn and the hair becoming ingrown.

Single blade razors

- Cuts at the surface of the skin.

One sharp blade with little need for extra strokes, so less friction and trauma to the skin.

Little or no risk of irritation, razor burn or ingrown hairs. 

They are also more economical with replacement blades costing a fraction of the price of multi-blades cartridges!

How to shave to avoid razor burn

1. Use a clean, sharp razor.

2. Cleanse and exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells, use warm water to soften the skin and open the pores.

3. Protect your skin by applying a shaving oil, soap or cream to warmed, wet skin. This will also lift the hair away from the surface and create a barrier between your skin and the blade. Avoid foaming soap-based shaving gels as these dry out the skin.

4. Shave slowly in the direction of the hair growth using long, minimal strokes. Note that your hair may grow in different directions so you'll need to adjust the direction of the strokes accordingly. Don't stretch skin too tight as this can cause hair tips to shrink back under your skin and grow there.

5. Hold the blade at the correct angle (about 10-15 degrees from your skin) and use light strokes (do not press down hard) and let the blade glide over the skin. Try to avoid going over the same area twice. Rinse the razor blade with warm water after every stroke.

6. When you've finished, rinse your skin with slightly cooler water to remove debris & pat skin dry.

7. Finish by applying a post-shave treatment to calm, exfoliate, nourish and protect your skin. Spritz Exfolilating Tonic to help close the follicle and follow with an application of Daily Treatment Oil to soothe and nourish your skin.