The Best Pre-Shave Skincare Routine

It’s not always possible to get the perfect shave. No matter your gender, it’s sometimes convenient to shave as quickly as possible, without even thinking about the effect it can have on your skin. In fact, if you have a quick shave often, you’re more likely to experience shaving rash or irritation. The next time you think about shaving on a time limit, think about your skin and make the time to have a safe, clean and effective shave. 

The best way to keep your skin healthy before your shave is to make the time to do it properly. There are a number of ways in which you can prep your skin before using a razor, which will keep your skin healthy and encourage beard growth. 

Skincare basics.
Before you even think about getting out that beard razor or women’s razor, skincare basics are a must. Not only does shaving remove any unwanted hair, but it also takes away the top layer of your skin. Because of this, it’s so important to take good care of it, before and after your shave. Here are some of the best pre-shave skincare tips to keep in mind. 
Daily cleanse and moisturise.
A good daily cleanse removes any oil and dirt from your face which can build up without us even realising it. Simply touching your skin, wearing clothes and going outdoors can all contribute to the build up. Starting your shave with fresh, clean skin can reduce any chance of irritation when shaving. Adding a daily moisturiser to your skincare routine can work to soften the skin over time, and adds the right amount of moisture back into the skin. 
Stay healthy and hydrated.
It may be surprising to some, but what you eat and how hydrated you are can have a big effect on your skin. To ensure you have the best shave, keep a balanced diet and make some changes to the types of food you normally eat if your current diet isn’t great. Make sure you drink the right amount of water you need each day to hydrate your skin. 
Shaving creams and soaps.
Men shaving their facial hair will have a much easier and smoother shave when using a gentle shaving cream or soap. This ensures there’s a protective layer between your skin and the blade of your razor. There are many different shaving creams and soaps on the market for different skin types, so everyone can find exactly what works for them. 
Trim first if you have a long beard.
Long beards simply can’t be shaved back with a razor straight away. Instead, you’ll need to use an electric trimmer or beard scissors to reduce it to a reasonable length. Razors should be used for a close shave only to really get the best results. 
Your pre-shave routine.
To ensure your skin is perfectly prepped for shaving, having the right routine will help you get the best results.
  1. Wash with hot water - when washing your skin with hot water, this opens the pores and softens the hairs.
  2. Apply shaving cream - this will provide lubrication and softens the hair cuticle.
  3. Make sure your razor is clean and sharp - old hair and shaving cream can build up over time if not cleaned correctly, which can impact its performance. 
  4. Moisturise daily - keep your skin healthy and hydrated to help your razor glide through your hairs when it’s time to shave.
The right pre-shave skincare routine can make all the difference.
If you’re finding it hard to get a close shave without skin irritation, or you aren’t quite sure how to get soft, smooth skin after shaving, hopefully these tips will help you to make a positive change. Do you have any other skincare tips for shaving? Let us know in the comments below!


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