6 Ways A Closer Shave Can Benefit Your Skin

January 12, 2020 5 min read

6 Ways A Closer Shave Can Benefit Your Skin

Naked Armor

Some men, even those who have been shaving for many years, have yet to master the art of how to get a really close shave.

Published by Naked Armor

Man with sensitive skin.

This is due to various reasons—some of which could be varying levels of skin sensitivity among individuals, different hair textures, or simply because they’re using the wrong razor.

So it’s understandable that the frustration that men feel can sometimes lead them to giving up on getting the best shave and just let their facial hair grow out. But not shaving is unforgivable—unless it’s for a worthy cause, like the Movember advocacy. It’s always in your best interest to get a close shave regularly.

Smooth close shave skin.

1. You’ll Look Younger

Sometimes, it’s all in the look. When you’re an adult, real world stress can take a toll surprisingly fast. It’s no wonder that products geared toward helping guys look more youthful are flying off the shelves faster than ever. In fact, according to a Transparency Market Research, the global anti-aging market is projected to be worth $191.7 billion in 2019. Of course, cosmetic surgery is an option but how many guys would even want to spend money for it?

Instead, one can get a closer shave. Studies show that men with facial hair were perceived to look about 10 years older than they actually were. Which is all fine and good when you are trying to look mature. But if you’re not trying out the daddy look, all that extra scruff will definitely impact your youthful appearance.

2. It Helps Exfoliate Dead Skin

By and large, men don’t really take the time out to exfoliate. And that’s unfortunate.

Exfoliation is when you remove dead skin cells on your face by rubbing the surface gently with your fingers. One can also use abrasive facial scrubs to help make the removal easier. There are also chemical facial scrubs that contain natural acids which dissolve and remove skin cells without scrubbing.

Exfoliation is important because it helps the skin renew its outer layer faster by removing the dead skin cells. Over time, age, sun damage, and hormonal changes can slow down your skin’s natural shedding process. Exfoliating helps you shed the dead skin cells faster.

Now what’s not generally obvious is that close shaving with a razor is actually an exfoliating method. When the blade glides over the skin, not only does it cut the facial hair but it also helps scrape off the dead layer of skin cells on your face.

That’s why we always recommend rinsing the razor blade after every stroke because one is not only washing the lather away but also the dead skin cells and germs. The end result is that not only do you have a smooth skin that’s free of hair but it’s also a freshly unclogged layer of skin cells.

Shaving using straight razor helps exfoliate dead skin.

Shaving also helps the skin by stimulating the flow of fresh blood into the skin layers. This improves skin elasticity, minimizes pores and helps reduce facial lines.

— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder

3. It Lessens Acne

It’s precisely this reason why a close shave lessens acne formation of the skin.

Acne is what you get when your hair follicles become clogged with dried oil and dead skin cells. All that dirty stuff is a tasty snack for acne-causing skin bacteria. That’s what causes blackheads, pimples, or whiteheads all over your face, forehead, and even in certain cases, the back and shoulders.

Close shaving regularly will help clear the clogged hair follicles. Without their snack, the skin bacteria populations will have nothing to feast on. The close shaving action of the razor blade will also help get rid of skin bacteria.

4. It’s Hygienic

Facial hair can be dirtier than a dog’s fur. Some European researchers conducted a small study which found that a man’s beard has more disease-causing bacteria than the dirtiest part of a dog’s fur. They also said that these beards are more of a contamination hazard than the animals.

If you believe that, then it’s best to really get a close shave. Because beards are a protective cover against the sunlight’s UV rays, it does make sense that bacteria could flourish on the skin beneath the thick growth of facial hair. A close shave gets rid of skin germs.

Applying shaving lather for a closer shave.

5. It Evens Out Skin Tone

Similarly, shaving your beard off exposes your skin to light so that you get to have an even skin tone. Thick beards hide the skin from the sun so they don’t have the same amount of melanin in clear skin. That’s the reason why a freshly shaved face could look spotty or patchy. But when the melanin concentration catches up with the rest of the skin, you’ll finally have an even skin tone.

Shaving also helps the skin by stimulating the flow of fresh blood into the skin layers. This improves skin elasticity, minimizes pores and helps reduce facial lines.

6. It Helps Skin Absorption

It also helps make your skincare products work better. The exfoliating effect of shaving makes the skin more receptive to the vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial stuff that your post-shaving skincare products contain. That’s why it’s always good to use organic and natural ingredients so that you can be sure that the stuff your skin absorbs after shaving is all good and nourishing.

A Straight Razor for the Closest Shave

Now while a razor can give you a close shave, not all razors are made equal. Multi-blade razors, for instance, won’t give you a baby smooth shave. So what razors give the closest shave?

That distinction belongs to the straight razor. That’s because a straight razor only has one sharp blade that won’t tug on your skin while you’re shaving. It’s also very maneuverable so that you can easily use it for all kinds of shaving angles.

Not only that, it’s also an eco-friendly and cost-efficient way to shave.

Here at Naked Armor, we have world-class straight razors made from Japanese steel and expensive sandalwood. Our straight razors guarantee a luxurious and comfortable shaving experience that’ll make you wonder why you haven’t considered a Naked Armor blade before.

Naked Armor's straight razor for the closest shave.

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