Which are the best skin products to use with an electric shaver? Some men make the mistake of thinking that once they have shaved their face, the routine is over and their skin will be fine with no further action taken.
However, the best shaving routine will involve a lot of tender loving care to your skin after you shave in addition to the importance you might put on your skin before or during a shave.
Preparing the skin
If you are not using your electric shaver in a wet environment, you should opt for some pre-shave oil to apply to skin before shaving. Pre-shave oil dries out the skin somewhat and makes the individual whiskers on your face more taught and stiff.
In their stiffened state, the electric shaver has less work to do in order to cut them and your overall shave will be closer as a result. There will also be less irritation on your skin too.
Although it is an oil in the sense of the word, the best products for pre-shave application are actually alcohol based because alcohol dries the skin whereas oil just exacerbates the problem.
If you do get a chance to shower before shaving, a good face scrub to remove dead skin cells and impurities will give you a closer shave too.
Shaving gels and foams
Such lubricating agents are essential if you like to wet shave in the shower. The higher end products will have moisturizing and soothing agents such as aloe vera built into them but it is not essential because you can simply add these agents separately later on.
Most modern shaving gels contain alcohol and this may dry or irritate your skin, particularly if it is able to get into small open wounds or cuts that were created during shaving.
If you are a shaving purist or think your skin might be upset with an alcohol based gel or foam, then you can always choose shaving soap or cream which should agree with your skin.
Once you have finished you need to give your skin a chance to rejuvenate. This means replacing any moisture that may have been lost if you used pre-shave oil with a moisturizer, usually in the form of an after-shave balm (that is alcohol free of course).
Wherever possible you should choose a moisturizer with an added SPF (sun protection factor) included in the ingredients.
As you can see, the best skin products to use with an electric shaver don’t have to break the bank and many of the products listed above will probably be in your bathroom cabinet anyway.
The trick is in using them on a regular basis as part of an effective shaving routine that not only will give you a close shave but also aid in the long term health and appearance of your skin.
If you have particularly sensitive skin there are unique shaving-specific products on the market that will help you get an irritation-free shave.