Absolutely! Did you know exfoliating before and after shaving is a major game-changer?
Most likely not and that is not your fault.
We’ve never been told that we should be exfoliating before and after shaving. Well, in that case, allow us to enlighten you.
But first, why do you need to exfoliate and what does shaving really do to the body?
Shaving is the preferred method of hair removal by most people because it is relatively painless and easy to do. While these conveniences are, well, convenient, there are also major disadvantages to shaving.
For one, it promotes ingrown hairs. These are the hairs trapped in the skin and can result in inflammation, redness or even infection. Shaving can also result in razor burns and sharper hair and stubble. The skin also becomes drier and irritated.
So how do we avoid these and still be hairless? Yes, that’s right.
Exfoliate before AND after shaving.
THE ROLE OF EXFOLIATION
Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing the surface of your skin to remove dead skin cells. The body naturally removes some of these dead skin cells every 30 days, however some of these cells can stick to the skin, causing dryness, flakiness, dullness, and a host of skin concerns if unresolved for too long.
Exfoliation can help with this. You can do this either physically or chemically.
Using a brush pad with silicone bristles, an exfoliating product with microbeads, or even just some DIY products like a combination of coffee, sugar, and coconut oil can help to physically exfoliate. Be careful though, as you might experience some irritation if you get carried away with scrubbing too hard. Some redness is natural though.
On the other hand, chemical exfoliation is using chemicals such as AHAs, BHAs and retinoids.
WHEN THEN, SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE?
The answer should be both. Before and after shaving.
Prep your skin before shaving to remove dead skin cells and other grime and dirt. This will also allow your shaving cream or butter to adhere to the skin better. Exfoliating before shaving also helps to lift the hairs, allowing for a smoother process of shaving.
Again, you can use a silicone brush head, a product with microbeads, or a DIY scrub.
Love your skin more, by applying an exfoliating and moisturizing product specifically formulated for hair removal right after patting your shaved area dry with a towel. This will help prevent unwanted ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
Smoother, hairless skin without redness, ingrown hairs or even razor bumps.
Now, who wouldn’t want that, right?