Though, for the most part, wet shaving gear acquisition is dictated strongly be personal preference, there are some specific reasons you may want to consider adding a pre-shave oil to your kit. Let’s discuss some of these reasons.
Lack of Experience Building Lather
Lathering a shaving soap or cream is an art. Skill is acquired gradually and it can take months to get the hang of proper lathering technique. Unfortunately, a good, slick lather is essential to a comfortable shave. If you are struggling to master the art of lather and are looking for a “cheat” to carry you through until your lather is up to par, a pre-shave oil will do the trick. Slickness, the most important quality of a good lather can be synthesized by simply putting a layer of slippery oil underneath the soap before the shave. As your skill improves, you can try skipping the oil occasionally until you no longer need it.
Some of us suffer from dry, flaky, itchy skin. A pre-shave oil will aid in retaining the moisture absorbed by your skin from your shower and alleviate dryness. It can also shield your skin from the drying effects of a most soaps.
It is important to understand that a person may actually have dry and oily skin. To find out if that’s you try adding a pre-shave oil and an aftershave lotion to the mix. This may actually result in less oily skin and fewer breakouts. Despite what you may think, your oily skin may be your body trying to conserve the moisture of your overly dried and stripped skin. The pre-shave alone may help alleviate this condition, but likely pre-shave combined with a moisturizing aftershave will be most effective in extreme cases. As one who struggled with oily skin and frequent breakouts myself, I recommend anyone with oily skin try this, it may be the answer you’ve been searching for.
The action of scraping a razor across your face can be very traumatic to thin or sensitive facial skin. Though a good soap or cream generally provides ample slickness to prevent irritation, in some extreme cases additional lubrication is needed to prevent the dreaded razor burn. Liberal use of a pre-shave oil may be just what the doctor ordered to solve that ultra-sensitivity issue while shaving.
Like anything in wet shaving, you may just prefer a pre-shave oil. The wonderful thing is that it’s perfectly fine to use any product just because you want to. Whatever works for you is always best practice, no matter what any so-called expert may say.
So you want to try a pre-shave oil? Are you afraid to invest even more money into your shave without an guarantee of improvement? The next article, entitled Pre-Shave Oil Alternatives will take a look at a couple options to try that can help you decide whether a pre-shave oil might be right for you without a significant investment.