Guys always ask me I’ve booked a facial – should I shave before my treatment?
Shaving can leave your skin feeling tender and sore, so the day or evening before is more appropriate.
On the other hand, if you’re having a facial, it’s a good idea not to have too many days’ growth of stubble when you go. You’ll get more out of your facial if you have a shave the day before, as your stubble won’t interfere with your pores. The less hair there is to get in the way, the more easily and effectively the oils and lotions will be able to get to work on your skin.
Steps I recommend to all my male clients:
Cleanse your face to remove impurities, excess oil and dirt. Always shave in the shower or just after, as the heat from the steam not only softens hairs, but allows them to stand up straighter for an easier cut. Try a Glycolic Facial Cleanser, a non-foaming wash that buffs away dead skin cells and helps you get a closer shave. The cleaner the face, the closer the shave. Alternate cleanser with a face scrub a 2-3 times a week to help exfoliate the face and lift beard hairs.
- For those that would like to soften the beard and condition skin, pour a small amount of the pre-shave oil in the palm of your hand, smooth onto face and neck underneath the shave cream. Do not rinse. Try a Pre-Shave Oil to help the razor glide more easily. This is especially good for those who are prone to ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Make sure to apply an even layer of shave cream (not too thick) all over your face and neck. Try the Shave Cream, a soothing, moisturizing cream that won’t clog your razor.
After shaving, rinse your face and neck several times with cool, tepid water to further calm and refresh skin. Purifying Astringent Pads to tighten pores.
Apply a small amount of after-shave balm into the palm of your hand and then rub onto your face and neck with your fingertips. Try the After Shave Balm, a soothing and cooling balm.
Now you’re ready to shave. I recommend using a double (for sensitive skin) or triple-blade (for normal to heavy beards) razor. Start at your sideburns and work your way down, shaving in the direction your hair grows. Use short strokes, and make sure to rinse off the blade between each stroke. When shaving the neck area, shave upward, using your free hand to hold skin taut. Shave chin last, allowing the pre-shave oil to really sink in and soften the area.
Now your’re ready to pamper skin with a deep cleaning facial. You can find me (at Liz Skincare) for more info Email: Liz@LizSkincare.com
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