Five steps to the smoothest, comfiest shave this winter
Unbelievably soft and healthy skin guaranteed!
All of that cold, dry winter air can wreak havoc on the best of skins. And having to shave every morning only adds to the daily torture. So how’s a guy to make it through his a.m. routine without getting into work with raw, blistered clean shaven cheeks. Nykaa spoke to top skin specialists and identified five winter skin savers that will make your morning shave a breeze.
This is a godsend especially when the weather is cold and dry. Pre-shave oil is designed to add a layer of protection to skin before you apply shaving soap or cream lather. It moisturizes skin and protects it from razor burn and irritation. A good pre-shave oil protects skin by forming a thin coating and softens the stubble, making winter time shaving a breeze. If you choose to use one look for a brand made with all-natural ingredients with a thin consistency. Thicker oils can clog razors and be hard to rinse off. Rub a few drops between palms and apply on your face. Leave on for a minute before you shave as normal. Nykaa suggests Dermalogica Pre-Shave Guard.
A good quality shaving cream or foam is perhaps the most important part of your routine. You may want to scrimp a bit and opt for a cheaper variant but cold weather demands a good quality, moisturizing formula. Always opt for a hydrating formula enriched with skin soothing Lanolin, Aloe and Vitamin E that heal and soothe skin. Normal to oily skin? Try Gillette Moisturizing Shave Gel that’s enriched with lubricants. Sensitive skins need extra protection. Nykaa suggests Nivea For Men Sensitive Shaving Foam, an extra gentle, fragrance neutral formula with Chamomile and Vitamins especially developed for easily irritated and sensitive skin.
Shave with the grain
This by far is the best thing you can do to save your skin from cuts, nicks and bumps. But first you need to soften your stubble. The best way to do this is by showering BEFORE you shave. Not only does that soften the hair but also moistens skin so that your shave goes more smoothly. Shave in the direction of hair growth to prevent ingrowths and razor burns. Start by taking one pass with the grain and a second pass against the grain to get your closest shave ever. Use Philips At756-16 Aqua Touch Wet & Dry 3Hd Shaver designed for complete skin protection. The rounded low-friction protection heads adjust to the curves of your face to limit skin damage while the Aquatec seal ensures a comfortable dry shave and a refreshing wet shave.
Pamper your skin
If you think it isn’t manly for a guy to slather on some TLC to dry winter skin, forget it! Just-shaved skin is more vulnerable to dryness, redness and irritation. Use a specialist skin toner like H2O+ Aqualibrium Marine Toner that prevents irritation and reduces the risk of ingrowths. It’s a skin pampering mix of natural marine botanicals such as Sea Lettuce, Sea Fennel and Wakame that combat dehydrated skin and maintain its natural moisture balance. It also contains Provitamin B and Allantoin to strengthen skin while protecting it from irritation. Instead of a toner you might want to use an after-shave balm or cream, but ensure that it doesn’t contain alcohol because this dries out and irritates skin even more. Look for a product that contains soothing ingredients like Aloe, Chamomile, Vitamin E and Glycerin. Nykaa suggests Nivea For Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm and L’Occitane Cade After Shave Balm.
Bring out the moisturizer
No morning shave or morning routine for that matter is ever complete without a moisturizer-sunscreen cover up to winter-proof and sun-protect your skin. Ideally look for a good quality combo product that not only protects against sun burn but keeps skin supple and moisturized. Look for a formula with minimum SPF 15 and reapply if you plan on spending time outdoors. Nykaa recommends L’Oreal Paris Men Expert White Activ Oil Control Moisturising Fluid SPF 20 PA+++ which has a 360 turnaround whitening action with UV protection and whitening ingredients for a global whitening action. The non-greasy, non-sticky formula penetrates rapidly to protect skin. You could also try Kaya Whitening Moisturizer With SPF 15 – For Men that contains a unique blend of actives that lightens skin, moisturizes and sun protects.
Now go flaunt that smooth-as-silk face with a smile!