This original article was first published here: 3 Reasons Why You Should Use Shaving Soap
Men shave. It’s a fact of life once they start growing hair on their faces. When they’re young, most boys can’t wait for that little whisker to finally shoot up on their upper lip. They brag about their moustaches appearing, showing everyone their progress.
Then, the hair begins to grow more emphatically. On the upper lip, under the mouth, on cheeks, and covering necks. Hair seems to start growing everywhere. Some men love it; they welcome the follicles all over their bodies. It’s a choice and a lifestyle for them. Others are quite the opposite. They find beards, moustaches, and soul patches uncomfortable and believe they detract from their clean-shaven appearance.
Regardless of which camp you sit in, whether you live with a full beard, gentle scruff, or a bare face, it’s probably you still have to shave even if it’s just to trim a hair or two. The difference is the shaving products you use to clean yourself up.
Creams, lotions, and oils are all used to masterfully shave the human face; however, one tool specifically seems to be a popular and effective choice. Shaving soap has been around since the early 1800s and is still one of the most reliable products to use to achieve a clean, shaven face without cuts.
Here are three reasons why you should consider using a shaving soap.
1. Closer, Cleaner Shave
When it’s shaving time, your goal is likely to rid your face of unwanted hair. But when the follicles are tough, it’s harder for the skin to be smooth and supple. To obtain a close, clean shave, the razor must move smoothly along the edges. Shaving soap achieves this by softening and penetrating the whiskers, leaving a closer and cleaner cut, with minimal inflamed follicles. The trick is to make a thick lather of the soap to brush onto your face, known as a cushion. Generally, the thicker the lather, the better the cushion to remove excess dirt and grime. Using a shaving brush will help to spread that lather deeper into the pores and distribute it evenly. It may take time adjusting to using a brush applicator, but it’ll be worth it when you achieve that silky, smooth shave you’ve been hoping for.
2. More Moisturisation
With shaving soap comes moisturisation. Most high-quality shaving soaps contain helpful oils such as lanolin, butter, or coconut—all of which lubricate the skin and soften the whiskers, creating a perfect shave and supple skin. Another beneficial component of shaving soap that assists in moisturisation is glycerine. This ingredient is a natural humectant, which means it helps water to be easily absorbed in and through the soap. Together, these ingredients keep the skin hydrated long after the shave is complete and the soap has been washed away.
All of the elements in shaving soap are mixed together in a process known as milling. This is a highly recommended procedure in making soap, because it thoroughly combines every component over and over, ensuring proper distribution. That way, every time you use shaving soap, you’re getting a good dose of all the moisturising ingredients.
3. Better for the Wallet And The World
It’s not common for one product to be beneficial to both your wallet and the world. In fact, there are thousands of men’s products on the market that are inexpensive or cheap, but they can be negative for the environment. Aerosol cans are one example. One bottle of spray shaving cream may be affordable, but the dispersion of aerosol emitted from the container is costly and detrimental for the planet. Shaving soaps are a much more economical and environmentally friendly choice for male grooming. One bar or a round of shaving soap will last the average man anywhere from six months to a year. That means more product for your money and less waste for the world. There are no remnants of metal containers or cans to throw into the garbage, nor plastic covers. It’s just soap.
There are so many products on the market geared towards the perfect shave that it can be difficult to know what to buy. Recommendations are always useful, as well as reviews of services and merchandise. However, a fail-safe test is when a product has been around for a long time. Shaving soap is one such reliable product. Not only is it cost-effective, giving ample moisturization to the skin, but it delivers on the promise of a clean, close shave again and again. So, every time you reach for a razor, apply some shaving soap first for optimal results.
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