Did you know that the shaving eliminates the hydrolipidic film that protects the surface of the skin, eroding the upper layers ? Therefore shaving, although it is a practice that many men perform every day, a daily habit of their own day to day, is really a very traumatic action for the skin. A useful option to minimize the discomfort caused by shaving, and especially when it comes to minimizing the damage caused by it, is to try to prepare the skin to get a healthy shave and damage it as little as possible.
It is very common that after the shave appear related discomfort, such as feeling of tightness, burning and redness due to inflammation of the skin. It is what is medically known by the name of cutaneous erosion , and in more serious cases small granites may appear that are located at the base of the hair (folliculitis).
Tips to reduce and relieve the irritation of shaving
Use an after shave lotion
In the market you can find different lotions, creams and gels specially designed to be used after shaving, as they help when it comes to providing hydration and soothing irritation. If you want to find an effective solution, but when applying it does not burn or burn your skin, it is best to opt for lotions without alcohol.
Natural herbal lotion
If instead of acquiring you want to make your own natural herbal lotion, you can make it using 3 tablespoons of dried chamomile, 2 tablespoons of dried marigold, half a glass of rose water, 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin and 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
Put rose water, chamomile and calendula in a clean jar. Reserve for 3 weeks, in a dry and cool place. After this time strain and add the vegetable glycerin and lavender essential oil. Close and shake well. After shaving you can apply some of this liquid to relieve the irritation.
Avoid products with alcohol
As we indicated in the previous section, It is essential to avoid after-shave lotions with alcohol , since far from relieving the irritation you will only get a kind of burning or burning at the moment of applying it (although later it will help reduce it). In fact, the products with alcohol will dry your skin , dehydrating and promoting the appearance of a skin with fatigued, dry sensation.
Apply cold water
While it is true that before and during shaving it is best to use warm or slightly warm water, after shaving it is advisable to rinse your skin with plenty of cold water . It is a useful option because you will help the pores of your skin to close quickly, avoiding the occurrence of grease and pimples, and keep your face free of dirt.
Make your own natural aftershave
In addition to the natural lotion we talked about earlier, you can also make your own natural aftershave . You only need 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of chamomile essential oil, 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and rosehip oil.
First put in a jar the rosehip vegetable oil, until it almost reaches the top. Add the essential oils in the right amounts. Close and mix well. Then, every time you shave, after clearing your face you can apply this aftershave.
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