Smooth Operator – The post Shave finish

In our final post in this series we look at the importance of using a post shave Moisturiser, long gone are the days where we would use alcohol heavy after shaves, which, particularly on sensitive skin had a result of looking like you had just returned from two weeks in the sun, using no sun protection and was equally painful as Kevin McAllister can testify.

Basically, what you need to bear in mind when shaving is you are, fundamental, pulling a very thin, ultra sharp piece of metal across sections of your face. So to say, you need to be both mindful and careful, is like saying don’t put that knife into the toaster, from experience.

Moisturising after your shave is essential, obviously, this reduces the threat of razor burn, stubble rash and the possibility of in growing hairs. So these little lovelies have been tried and tested by yours truly.

Clinique is a clear authority in skin care and leading dermatological brand and was the first prestige cosmetic company to recognise the different skin care needs of men and provide them with a custom-fit approach.

Their Post-Shave Soother relieves shaving irritation, leaving behind nothing more than a soothing, cool, tingly feeling and improved skin texture. Contains aloe to soothe razor burn, relieve dryness, the appearance of redness and helps skin repair minor nicks and cuts. I have to say this is my essential grooming product.

Clarins After Shave Soother is a calming, comforting, oil-free post-shave balm with skin repairing and moisturising properties and a light, fresh, clean fragrance. Acts as a great choice for normal to sensitive skin prone to shaving-related redness and irritation.
It contains Alpine Sea Holly and Centella Asiatica plant extracts intensively soothe and repair. A patented complex of Bison Grass, Chinese Ginger and Purslane plant extracts energise and soothe. Clarins e3p protects skin from the irritant effects of environmental pollution.

Bulldog Skincare For Men’s Sensitive Range is fragrance-free and has been designed to minimise irritation and calm sensitive skin.
Key Ingredients include Baobab oil pressed from the seeds of the baobab fruit, has high emollience and is known for its skin soothing properties.

Grown and harvested in the UK, oat oil has high levels of omega-6 and 9 essential fatty acids.

Canadian Willow Herb- A unique plant from the Northern Canadian prairies, which has developed strong phytochemical properties to survive the harsh climate. It’s been reputed to help soothe the skin and reduce redness.

Their Sensitive Aftershave Balm is exactly what sensitive skin needs after shaving. In fact, in tests, 100% of the testers felt it left their skin feeling moisturised after 2 weeks of use.

For 200 years Atkinsons have been producing great grooming products which are scented with bracingly aromatic 24 Old Bond Street English Cologne and packed with the most potent botanical ingredients. one such item being their Pre & After-Shave Balm is your skin’s best multi-purpose protection from the razor’s edge. Pre-shave, this fast-absorbing cream gel conditions the skin and subdues whiskers, preparing the way for the blade to skate over cheek and jowl. Post-shave, it moisturizes, soothes, repairs and refreshes for a long-lasting sensation of relief and revitalization. Skin is left feeling comfortable, supple and smelling its nicest.

British grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge has developed a shaving range that contains the miracle ingredient Decelerine – which is scientifically proven to actually slow down the growth of hair as well as reduce the density of hair growth. Tests have shown that Decelerine can reduce the growth of hair by up to 40%.

The Post Shave Balm is specially formulated with witch hazel and aloe vera to nourish the skin after shaving and we are assured its designed to moisturise, soothe and invigorate freshly shaved skin without stinging.

Liz Earle for Men After-Shaving Moisturiser. A Light and easily absorbed, this daily moisturiser is perfect for all skin types, leaving it smooth and soft. Suitable for everyday use, after showering, shaving or whenever skin needs a moisture boost.
Naturally active ingredients include self-heal extract, to help soothe small nicks and calm razor burn, borage oil and natural source vitamin E to help moisturise.

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