Wonder why you always end up with razor bumps or inflamed and irritated skin? It’s generally because of your shaving routine that involves shortcuts and some bad habits due to the repetition associated with daily shaving. Unless you have a full beard, shaving your face properly is a fundamental and crucial part for maintaining a healthy complexation. However, a smooth shave and healthy-looking skin involve more than just shaving your face. Follow the steps below in your shaving routine for a healthier and clearer complexion.
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Step 1 - Only Use High-Quality Blades
A common problem amongst men is trying to get the last shave out of each blade, which ultimately leads to skin irritation and razor burn. This could also happen due to cheap, low-quality blades or blunt blades. Buying high-quality blades and throwing them out when they're blunt and is the most fundamental step is delivering a smooth shave and healthy skin.
Step 2 - Shower In Hot Water And Avoid Towel-Drying Your Face And Neck
A hot shower gives off steam which relaxes the pores in your face and softens your skin. A cold shower tends to do the opposite. When you towel off, avoid the face and neck areas as the added moisture will assist you in shaving.
Step 3 - Choose A Good Shaving Soap Or Cleansing Shave Foam
It is important to use either a shaving soap or shaving foam. Lather up well to protect your skin. A good shaving soap should have skin-healing agents, skin rejuvenating oils that will keep your skin smooth, healthy and youthful. Alternatively, a good cleanser shaving foam should unclog pores and shave at the same time! Our recommendation: The Volcanic Man Shaving Soap or Volcanic Man Cleanser And Shave Foam (also boosted with Tamanu Oil).
Step 4 - Keep Hands Clean And Do Not Shave Against The Grain
Always remember to wash your hands before you shave, and always follow the grain of your facial hair than go against it. Since this is the direction of your growth, it will minimize friction between your skin and blade. When you shave, you are not only shaving away your stubble (hair) but also exfoliating away the top layer of your skin (in other words, getting rid of your dead skin!).
Step 5 - Apply A Post-Shave Moisturizer
Applying a post-shave moisturizer is an essential step to healthy skin. You want to keep your complexation hydrated and supple. Especially if you work in an air-conditioned office or outdoors in the cold or wind, your skin will tend to dry up. Using a moisturizer then becomes even more important as it soothes and keeps your skin healthy. If you work outdoors in the sun, we recommend using a moisturizer with SPF. In fact, a study conducted in Nambour, Qld, Australia in 2013 found that the daily use of an SPF slowed the ageing process by 24% when compared to the intermittent use of an SPF! (Citation) Ageing is a process that occurs over time and the signs of ageing can appear more obvious at different stages of life. The secret to looking younger than your age is to use a high-quality moisturizer daily!
Step 6 - Use A Face Scrub 1-3 Times A Week
Even though shaving involves some exfoliation, a face scrub covers more areas, especially around the eyes and forehead. Face scrubs are essential for prevention of acne, blackheads, dry, sensitive and oily skin, as well as for the removal of dead skin cells. A good exfoliator should not only remove dead skin cells but also purify and cleanse your skin. When buying a face scrub, remember to buy one that won’t dry out your skin. In fact, you want it to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. Our recommendation: Volcanic Man Face Scrub (with Virgin Coconut Oil, Kaolinite Clay and Tamanu Oil) will do both.
Step 7 - Apply A Clay Face Mask Once A Week
If you have acne-prone skin or oily skin then applying a clay face mask is another essential step in your skincare routine. The Volcanic Man Face Mask uses two different volcanic clays for a deep-down detox and cleans and is recommended only once a week. If used too often, then your skin can dry out can cause dehydration and irritation. The addition of anti-ageing Virgin Coconut Oil and Tamanu Oil in our Volcanic Man Face Mask will help deliver fast, effective and life-changing results.
Step 8 - Don't Forget The Rest Of Your Body
Even though it is important to take care of your face, don’t forget the rest of your body! It is highly recommended to use a body scrub and body moisturizer to keep the rest of your body in great shape. Here we suggest you visit our Tamanu Oil Range and pick up a bottle of our Tamanu Volcanic Ash Scrub and our Skin Rejuvenating Tamanu Oil Moisturizer.
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