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After Shaving- Try Oil to Moisturize

By May 17, 2012

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Even if you use a wonderful hydrating shaving cream or gel, it's good care to moisturize afterwards. Why? Often we use hot water to shave with, even though we shouldn't, which can dry skin out. Using a razor is a mild, but a manual form of exfoliation. You may think of a sugar or salt scrub, when you hear exfoliation. But scrubs also contain moisturizing and nourishing ingredients.

After shaving, lost moisture needs to be replaced. Who wants dry looking calves or scaly knees? And guys, I'm sure you don't want a flaky, tight face either.

If you struggle with dry skin or don't use a quality shaving cream or gel, you're skin has to be really thirsty. (Please don't use an alcohol laden aftershave which will dry out skin more!) While a lotion is good post-shave, oil is even better. All pump type lotions contain some water, whereas there is no water in oil, it's pure moisture! I really didn't realize there was much of a difference between lotion and oil until I started putting body oil on my feet every night and they became soft as ever.

Oil has often been given a bad rap with thoughts that it clogs pores, causes pimples and makes skin feel greasy. Certain oils may do that if you use one that's too heavy for your type of skin or something artificial, like mineral or silicone. Some good-for-your-skin oils I recommend: grapeseed, almond, jojoba, argan, olive oil and coconut.

Tips:
  • If you have dry skin, try coconut. But do so in the shower and rinse it off and then rub in the remaining oil.
  • Think oil is too greasy? Give jojoba a shot, it's closest to our natural sebum (skin's oil) we produce and is quickly and easily absorbed.
  • For the face? Argan is wonderful, even for oily or acne-prone, as it has been known to balance skin's oil production.
  • Need something now? Use a couple drops of your pre-shaving oil or olive oil.
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