Shaving: Face Prep


April 10, 2014 by Tess

Preparing the skin

It’s important to keep skin in good condition. Shaving is unpleasent if skin is dry or problematic. Here’s the steps I use to prep the skin:

Every day: Keep it moisturized! A facial moisturizer every day will make a HUGE difference in the quality and comfort of a shave.

Shaving Preparation Process:

  • Exfoliate
  • Cleanse
  • Hydrate
  • Protect

Exfoliate: Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells to reveal and expose “younger,” fresher skin. The shedding process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and helps reduce acne breakouts. It’s usually the first step in cleaning your face, to be followed by washing your face with soap and finally, moisturizing.
Exfoliation also specifically helps men in a huge way: It exposes the face’s hair follicles, allowing for a better shave.  After all, a smooth shave is the Holy Grail here!

Most exfoliating products contain some combination of granulated pumice, sea salts, fruit seeds, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, and beta hydroxy acid, all of which serve to loosen and slough off dead skin cells. Some even aid in the formation of collagen.

Remember, you aren’t trying to remove the face! Be gentle! A mild scrubbing with a sugar or salt scrub or an exfoliating cleanser will be just fine. You just want to shed the dead skin and open the pores. Remember to always use warm water.

Cleanse: There are a few pre-shaving techniques that apply to everyone — no matter who’s doing the shaving or where. The first and most important step is to clean your skin thoroughly before you shave. That way, if you do happen to nick yourself, you’ll be less likely to get an infection.

Hydrate: Once the skin is exfoliated and cleaned place a warm wet towel over the area to be shaved. It will hydrate the skin and keep those pores open! A few minutes will do the trick!


The last step before you get down to shaving cream and the actual shaving is skin oil. Unless you’re operating an electric razor, you need to use something to protect the skin while shaving. We recommend applying shaving oil prior to this step. It helps open your pores, soften hair and protect your skin.  Just take a small amount of oil and rub it all over the areas to be shaved. It shouldn’t soak in. If there isn’t sheen of oil on the skin you didn’t use enough.

You can use any kind of oil. I favor a mix of jojoba and avocado with some essential oils, but you can use anything that will do the trick. I know a Barber who uses straight olive oil-it worked for the Romans!

Now you’re ready to apply shaving product and get a great close shave that feels luxurious! He will say things like “The best shave he’s ever had”, and “My face has never felt so good”.



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