More men are grooming their beards these days which is why demand 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 softer so that the process of shaving becomes easier and less painful. A beard oil, meanwhile, is applied to the beard after trimming in order to maintain its softeness and manageability.
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 a carrier oil, other natural oils or compounds are usually added to help clarify , tighten and brighten your facial skin, making it youthful and wrinkle-free.
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 using 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 providing added nourishment for the skin in your pre-shave oil. This is why you need to carefully choose the oils that you will use and understand what their healing properties are before you get started with your DIY project.
The first step to preparing pre-shave oil at home is knowing the key ingredients used in the preparation.
Most pre shave oil formulations 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 used for making pre-shave oil:
Olive Oil- This oil has been in use for several centuries to provide skin care. The reason behind this is the presence of squalene, a natural hydrocarbon compound that smoothen and hydrates the skin. Olive oil also contains anti-oxidants which help slow down aging.
Castor Oil- This oil contains naturally occuring undecylenic acid, which works to fight against germs and prevent burning, itchiness, and irritations. It can also effectively tame ingrown hairs, acne, and various other sensitivities because of its cleansing properties. Castor oil is essentially very slick and thick to touch, which makes it an ideal barrier for the facial skin before shaving. But if you use castor oil singly you will find it very difficult and heavy to apply. That’s why castor oil is mixed with other oils in order to obtain its maximum health benefits.
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 is also a natural preservative 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 are chosen for their abilities to 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 protects 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- Use the pipettes to pour all the ingredients into your amber bottle.
Step no.2- Next, seal the bottle tightly and then start swirling it around gently 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 still on your facial skin.
Shave the way you normally do.
Rinse your skin and pat dry it. You can also apply your after-shave lotion if you choose to.
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 are lots of essential oils and compounds that can be used. Just be certain that you know the properties of these oils and how they can benefit your skin.
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