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The ultimate shaving routine to ensure your skin goes unscathed

The average man shaves for around 5 minutes each day between the ages of 13 and 85 - this equates to over 6 months spent shaving. It’s safe to say that within this time period, sufficient damage can be done!

Given that men’s facial hair can grow around 2mm per day, it is necessary to shave on a regular basis (unless beards are your thing); however, it can have undesirable consequences. Indeed, a survey conducted by the International Dermal Institute showed that an astonishing 79% of men notice at least one skin problem each day!

The science behind shaving

Shaving can be stressful - not just for you, but for your skin too! Razor bumps, ingrown hairs, razor burn and inflammation are just a few of the traumas that your skin can endure.

Our skin is made up of hundreds of layers. The lipid barrier is the top layer, and it serves to retain moisture and control the entry of external toxins entering the skin. However, during shaving this barrier can be compromised (the blade can remove up to two layers of skin!), consequently dehydrating the skin and allowing bacteria to penetrate it. But don’t fear! We have created a shaving strategy to reduce irritation and enable you to shave with ease.

Your ideal shaving routine

Pre-shave prep

Be sure to add moisture to your beard. Facial hair can absorb up to 30% of its volume in water, which in turn makes it softer and easier to remove. Take a quick shower, or place a wet towel on your face for a couple of minutes.

Exfoliate

It is important to use an exfoliator before you shave to cleanse your skin and eliminate toxins. This helps to minimize the potential for ingrown hairs, whilst preparing a fresh base for your shave.

Lather up!

Apply a thick layer of shaving foam, massaging into your face and neck, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Try Biotherm’s foam shaver, which has anti-irritation and anti-redness properties, allowing your blade to glide over your face with ultimate ease.

Go with the flow

Dermatologists agree that shaving against the grain can cut the hairs below the skin, meaning that when they grow back they can curl and get trapped, growing inward and causing red bumps. So go with the flow and feel the benefits!

Aftercare advice

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right! Don’t forget to clean your face with cool water to close those pores. Apply aftershave to cool and moisturize your skin. Biotherm’s AquaPower Active Lotion sinks in instantly to give you fast and long-lasting relief, whilst also protecting your skin from any irritation!

By adding these simple steps to your daily grooming regime, you’ll feel the benefits from here on out.

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