Most guys (myself included) began shaving with a razor and a can of aerosol shaving cream as teenagers; a relatively small number of men used oil after shaving to help with skin conditioning.
The use of oil prior to shaving came into public attention in the 1990s, and it has steadily increased in popularity.
Most pre-shave oils are a blend of natural plant oils; some of these oils are the same types as those found in facial oils and other cosmetic products.
Although pre-shave oil has begun to enter the mainstream over the past two decades, many have either not heard of it or have not tried it for themselves.
There are several benefits to using a pre-shave oil in addition to a high-quality shaving cream or gel; these benefits include additional lubrication, softening of facial hair, and a reduction in post-shaving irritation.
What’s In It?
Although pre-shave oil can be made using synthetic products, most guys agree that those derived from natural plant oils are of superior quality.
Quality pre-shave oils are packaged in dark glass bottles, which helps to prevent their degradation.
Depending on the types of oils used, they can have benefits ranging from increased lubrication to maintenance of the natural skin barrier.
Most naturally-derived pre-shave oils are a blend of 2-3 ingredients: Continue reading “What’s Pre-Shave Oil? Does It Make a Difference?”