Wet shaving is an attempt to soften the cuticle, or hard outer layer, of beard hair by saturating it with hot water and soap before the razor blade is used. The problem is that this method leads to problems. By the time the hair is sufficiently softened by this method, the skin is too vulnerable and prone to nicks and cuts. The Art of Shaving Men Pre-Shave products change all that. You’ve probably seen the pre-shave barber’s ritual of a hot towel wrapped over a customer’s face, softening the hairs even before the shaving soap is applied. While this method woks to a degree, it isn’t nearly as effective as using The Art of Shaving Men Pre-Shave products to achieve the same result.
Beard hair is tough. It has a hard outer shell that has to be weakened before it can be cut safely. The big problem is that the hair is next to soft vulnerable skin. Using only hot water and caustic shaving soaps just begins to soften the hair cuticle, but usually at the cost of scalding and drying out the skin. Using cooler water or not waiting long enough for proper softening makes shaving a task involving hacking through insufficiently prepared beard, often resulting in razor burn, rash, nicks and cuts, razor bumps or even ingrown hairs. The Art of Shaving Men Pre-Shave products can help reduce the problems associated with shaving.
Before you even turn on the hot water faucet or reach for the shaving soap, try using a small measure of The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil Sandalwood. Rubbed between your palms and then massaged into your stubble, it softens the hair cuticle while making your skin supple. The natural castor oil and olive oil are absorbed quickly into the skin, moisturizing it and making it supple. At the same time, the oils soften and weaken the surface of the hair. Apply shaving soap or cream and shaving will be smooth and easy, without irritating the skin.
In addition to the oils, The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil Sandalwood contains sandalwood essential oils, imparting a woodsy scent. The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil Lavender has a sweet, balsamic scent, while The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil Lemon shares a fragrance reminiscent of lemon peel.