Stop Wrestling with Your Ra­zor

If you take a few ex­tra steps each morn­ing, shav­ing will be a lot less ir­ri­tat­ing

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY SHERRIE STRAUSFOGEL

The top nat­u­ral se­crets to ir­ri­ta­tion-free shav­ing.

Red bumps, raw skin, and rashes can be the re­sult of wrestling with your ra­zor in the daily fi ght of man against beard. Here are 6 ways to achieve the per­fect shave:

Ditch your old bar soap if it con­tains harsh syn­thetic de­ter­gents and fra­grances. De­ter­gents strip away the skin’s man­tle and loosen its ker­atin pro­teins, mak­ing it vul­ner­a­ble to ir­ri­ta­tion and in­fec­tion. Not only are fra­grances to­tally un­nec­es­sary, they cause dry skin, red­ness, and rashes. Switch to a cleanser with a base of co­conut oil that breaks down oils from the se­ba­ceous glands, lath­ers eas­ily, and helps re­tain mois­ture.

On tough beard days, or at least twice a week, work a gran­u­lar fa­cial scrub into the skin in cir­cu­lar mo­tions for a few min­utes to pre­vent in­grown hairs. Scrubs lift the hair shaft and ex­fo­li­ate the dead skin that blocks the hair fol­li­cles. Scrubs also gen­tly buff away dead skin cells, pol­lu­tants, and other buildup that causes ra­zor drag.

While skin is still wet, ap­ply a gen­tle shav­ing cream or oil that mois­tur­izes the skin while help­ing the ra­zor glide. Again, use small cir­cu­lar mo­tions. Hair grows cross-di­rec­tion­ally, and this mo­tion will en­sure com­plete cov­er­age while lift­ing the whiskers. Be­ware of shav­ing foams from aerosol cans— they’re pro­pelled by chem­i­cals that dry your skin.

Look for a pH-bal­anced shav­ing cream or oil. Skin is nat­u­rally acidic, with a pH in the range of 4.2– 5.6. Con­ven­tional shav­ing creams can be very al­ka­line, with a pH level of 10 or 11, which can in­hibit the skin’s nat­u­ral acid pro­tec­tion.

Splash on a skin toner as an af­ter­shave to help re­store pH bal­ance and in­vig­o­rate your skin. Look for a toner that con­tains witch hazel rather than al­co­hol, which is too dry­ing. The toner may also con­tain laven­der or tea tree es­sen­tial oils, both nat­u­ral an­ti­sep­tics.

Hy­drate your skin with a mois­tur­izer and pro­tect it with a sun-screeen. The thin layer of skin you scraped off dur­ing shav­ing tends to leave your face par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to the sun and wind. Be­ware moisturizing creams that rely on skin bar­ri­ers, such as min­eral oil and lano­lin, which are harsh and known to cause swelling and itch­ing. In­stead, look for any com­bi­na­tion of sooth­ing aloe vera, chamomile, cal­en­dula, and com­frey with heal­ing vi­ta­min E on the in­gre­di­ents la­bel.

For a smoother, closer shave, try Van Der Hagen Nat­u­ral & Or­ganic Shave Oil. More than 20 nat­u­ral and or­ganic oils soften the beard and pro­vide a pro­tec­tive bar­rier that in­creases ra­zor glide, re­duc­ing bumps and ir­ri­ta­tion. The trans­par­ent oil lets you see where you’re shav­ing, and it can also be used as a pre- shave un­der shav­ing soaps, gels, or lo­tions.

Prep your face with Ev­ery Man Jack Face Scrub and

Pre- Shave. Co­conut- de­rived cleansers and jo­joba beads re­move dry and dead skin. Ma rine ex­tracts and vi­ta­min E soothe and mois­tur­ize. Pep­per­mint ex­tract leaves skin with a clean, fresh scent. Use two or three times per week to un­clog pores.

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