There isn’t much point in setting up and completing a well-planned wet shave only to walk away from the mirror with a face begging for that final touch.
Finish Up With These Invigorating Post Wet Shave Rituals
Any good wet shave will change your skin in four significant ways, 1. The sebaceous (oil) protective layer has been removed, 2. The razor blade and if you combined an exfoliant has exposed the new ender skin cells underneath, 3. The pH of your skin has been altered (more alkaline) by the shaving cream and 4. The shaving soap has a desiccant (drying out) effect on your skin. Consequently our best post wet shaving rituals or routines are aimed to:
- Providing a sebum layer replacement
- Nourishing and protecting the newly exposed skin
- Returning the pH of the skin to normal
- And, combating the desiccant impact of the soap with an excellent moisturizer.
Warm water first
Before you begin your post wet shave routine you are going to want to thoroughly wash away that soapy lather. Soap, alkaline by nature, and if left too long on your skin, will dry and crack it.
Lukewarm water will efficiently lift any stubborn soap collected in the nooks and crannies of those hard-to-reach regions of your face.
Cold water is your friend
We suggest that before you apply those expensive after shave lotions and potions, you apply cold water to your face for at least 40 seconds. This will seal up the pores and remove any razor-induced redness and swelling.
Alum Block for that extra smooth finish
An alum block, gentlemen, is a crystal-stone composite that when wet can be used to rub over the shaved area with phenomenal anti-rash and anti-bleeding properties.
Men who swear by it are exuberant about the inbuilt antiseptic properties and its capacity to lengthen that ‘just shaved’ freshness throughout the day.
Switch to Witch
The folks that are in the ‘know’ claim a wet shave can remove up to two layers of living skin cells and that this is the fundamental cause of nasty razor burn.
We strongly suggest you look into an herbal extract like witch hazel (or green tea) with Aloe Vera to reduce that dreaded red sting. There are loads of products on the market so take your time to select a product that matches your skin type and salient post shave malady.
Balm to arm
The reason we prefer the aftershave balm is the significant moisture combating properties compared to an after shave cologne. By all means, splash away with your aftershave cologne if you have a tough naturally oily skin.
For those of us who struggle with a sensitive and easily inflamed skin, the aftershave balm is the answer. Make sure that your balm is enriched with vitamin C and E, a UVblock, moisturizer and is fragrance free (if you plan on using a scented aftershave).
That’s it for now folks! Help us improve by trying one of these great post wet shave rituals and share with us your experiences.