Grooming awareness among men is growing by the day, which is why the need for pre shave oil has also increased.
Pre shave oil can be described as an oil that, when applied to the skin, makes the whiskers/hair more soft so that the process of shaving becomes easier and less painful.
However, there are other benefits of using pre shave oil as well, which will be discussed in the article below.
Since it is very easy to prepare your own pre shave oil at home, here’s a DIY Homemade Pre Shave Oil Recipe that will help you get a closer and better shave.
Due to the fact that a pre shave oil works as carrier oil, it can help your facial skin with anti-aging, brightening, skin clarifying, and even skin tightening.
It also moisturizes the skin deeply, ensuring a closer shave, while preventing irritation and ingrown hairs.
Using pre shave oil can also contribute towards skin exfoliation, as it can essentially eliminate dead cells of the skin, leaving the skin supple and smooth to touch.
Here are some major benefits of opting for pre shave oil:
Facilitates closer shave
Builds a barrier that protects the skin from the effects of the razor, preventing over-exfoliation and irritation
Lowers friction and softens the facial hair
Ensures smoother and better glide
Effectively moisturizes the facial skin, ensuring smoother shaving experience without cuts or nicks that occur due to dehydrated dry skin
Prevents the chances of irritation or ingrown hairs
Provides benefits from the essential oils and/or other special oils used in making the pre shave oil
Provides nourishment to the skin, making it smooth as well as supple after shaving
When preparing pre shave oil at home, you need to make sure that the ingredients used in making the oil should possess the following qualities:
Lowering of irritation
The ingredients play a crucial role in fulfilling all these requirements that you need in your pre shave oil. However, you need to know what oil comes with what benefits before you get started with your DIY project.
The first step to preparing pre shave oil at home is having proper knowledge about the key ingredients used in the preparation.
Majority of the preparations include Olive Oil and Castor Oil, and there is a strong reason behind this. Here’s a look at the qualities of different key ingredients of pre shave oil:
Olive Oil- It is not unknown that this oil has been in use for several centuries to provide skin care. The reason behind this is the presence of squalene in this oil that comes with anti-aging properties, and provides anti-oxidants, while effectively hydrating the skin.
Castor Oil- This oil consists of undecylenic acid naturally, which works to fight against germs to prevent sooth burning, itchiness and irritations. It can also effectively tame ingrown hairs, acne and various other sensitivities because of cleansing properties that it contains. Castor oil is essentially very slick and thick to touch, which helps it create a strong barrier on the facial skin before shaving. If you use castor oil exclusively, you will find it very difficult and heavy to apply. That’s why castor oil is mixed with other oils to prepare pre shave oil.
Vitamin E Oil- This oil is used for nourishing the skin, and it can fight against free radicals while making the skin appear youthful. Vitamin E oil also provides natural preservation, which can extend your pre shave oil’s shelf life.
Essential Oils- The use of essential oils in various DIY products is very common, as they offer fragrance along with various other qualities. Most essential oils can nourish the skin, fight germs, promote regeneration of skin, rebuild skin elasticity and balance the production of oil.
Apart from these ingredients, you will also require the following items for preparing pre shave oil at home:
Amber Glass Bottle- You can easily buy a dozen of these bottles online and offline. This bottle generally comes in 1oz size, making it ideal for preparing and storing pre shave oil. Also, the bottle’s color safeguards the pre shave oil from light and external heat. You can also use the dropper in this bottle for easy application.
Essential Oil Pipette– You can purchase these pipettes from any store or buy them online. You need ensure that the oils don’t get mixed, which is why all the oils should be provided with a separate pipettes.
So, now we can get started with the preparation, which is a very easy process. You need to first collect all your ingredients. These include:
Olive Oil (superior quality, if possible organic) - 1 fluid ounce
Castor Oil (should be 100 percent pure) - 2.5 to 3 fluid ounce
Vitamin E Oil (pure) – 5 drops
Essential Oils (should be skin-safe) - 15 drops
Pipette – for measurement (use one pipette for each oil)
Amber glass bottle- as many as you need
Step no.1- Using the pipettes pour all the ingredients into your amber bottle.
Step no.2- Next, seal the bottle tightly and then start swirling it around so that the oils mix properly inside the bottle.
Step no.3- Your DIY Pre Shave Oil is ready for use.
You need to apply only a few drops of the pre shave oil onto your hands, and then gently spread this oil on the area you are going to shave.
Never start with a lot of oil; if you feel that you need more oil, you can add accordingly.
Allow the pre shave oil to rest on the facial skin for at least 1 minute. It will help soften the facial hair. You can use this time to wash off the oil from your hands, and start preparing for the shave.
Next, apply your shaving lather or cream with the oil on your facial skin.
Shave the way you normally do.
Rinse you skin and pat dry it. You can also apply your after-shave lotion if required.
Hopefully, you will try out the above mentioned DIY Homemade Pre Shave Oil Recipe as it is very easy to prepare and offers a lot of benefits.
You can also try to come up with your own recipes, as there is much scope for experimentation as long as you know what oils you are using and how they can benefit your skin.
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