Shaving is a “sensitive” subject, and as we become better acquainted with the process, we quickly come to realize that there are right and wrong ways of doing it. Unfortunately, incorrect shaving can easily lead to a series of unsightly and uncomfortable skin problems – irritations, razor burn, razor bumps, ingrowns, etc. – and we want none of it!
Oftentimes, it’s not even the shavers we use but rather the products we incorporate into our shaving routine that result in these unwanted and unsightly complications. In this article we will explore how prepping your skin with different essential oils and combinations of natural ingredients can help get you a softer, smoother, irritation-free shave.
How to Prep the Skin for Shaving
Prevention is key. Imagine shaving your legs or face during the cold winter months when skin is extra dry and sensitive. Ouch! That’s right. So if you want a painless and smooth shave, you’ll definitely want to incorporate a shaving oil in your routine; pure essential oils will nourish, moisturize and reduce the chances of burns, bumps, cuts and ingrown hairs.
Read below to learn how!
Essential Oil Benefits for Shaving:
Haitian Moringa Oil
This oil is loaded with over 40 antioxidants, Vitamins A, C & E, and monounsaturated fatty acids that penetrate the deep layers of skin, imparting hydration, protection and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits which help cleanse the skin, soothe irritations, and seals in moisture. Another bonus is the oil’s high “slip-ratio” which means a little glides a long way, providing you with great coverage and smoothness when running your blade over your most delicate skin areas. This oil is one that can be used alone to achieve your smoothest, nourishment-filled post-shave skin.
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Haitian Black Castor Oil
100% pure Haitian Black Castor oil, is rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which play an integral role in the skin’s inflammatory response, the appearance (texture and softness), and barrier function. The oil’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties will also cleanse, heal previous scars and prevent the hair follicles from getting blocked. It's also quickly absorbed into the skin and has a high vitamin E content, so it is deeply hydrating, leaving the skin smooth and moisturized.
Sandalwood Oil heals skin tissue and is antiseptic, preventing acne or other scars and bumps from appearing on the skin. It’s also known to improve the elasticity of skin cells and even out skin tone.
Besides smelling delicious, Lavender oil will soothe and calm your skin, preparing it for the harsh reality of the shaver, which can be quite traumatizing for your skin. It is also known to help treat eczema and extremely dry skin, which makes it a great essential oil for sensitive skin types.
Jojoba oil, like Haitian black castor oil, works great as a carrier oil, because it doesn’t evaporate as quickly as other essential oils do. It’s also a gentle oil that typically does not cause allergic reactions while it works at repairing any previous damage.
If you’ve ever taken a whiff of peppermint oil, you know just how refreshing that feeling is; it’s that same cooling sensation that soothes skin irritations and inflammations. Peppermint oil also helps balance out the skin’s natural oil production and naturally cleanses the skin with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Now that you know a bit more about the amazing benefits essential oils can have on your skin, get ready for your best shave ever.
Pre-Shave Oil + Natural Shaving Cream
The best way to use a pre-shaving oil is to deeply massage the area with your soothing essential oil mixture. This will help improve circulation, allowing the necessary vitamins and minerals to properly absorb into the surface of your skin. Then you’re ready to apply your natural shaving cream. Select one that uses natural essential oils and butters to provide an ultra- healing and hydrating experience. This will fully prep your skin for the best results, thereafter.
DIY Shaving Cream + Essential Oils Recipe:
⅓ cup of coconut butter or Haitian Shea Butter
⅓ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup Haitian Black Castor Oil
Takeaway on Using Essential Oils for a Better Shave
Although the purpose and focus of shaving is to remove the hair, we always have to keep our skin’s best interest in mind. Improper prep and use of the right products will often lead to skin damaging results preventing our skin from looking and feeling its best, which none of us wants!
So, if you want post-shave skin that glows, with an even and soft surface, we highly encourage you to try Haitian Moringa Oil or whip together a pre-shave oil using your favorite essential oils like those found in our Haitian Black Castor Oil, followed by a natural shaving cream. We’re confident that you’ll notice the remarkable difference.