The intense cold, which is even more amplified these days because of climate change, can easily irritate the skin or exacerbate existing skin conditions.
Even staying indoors this winter won’t help. The cold temperature, combined with the heat from indoor heating dries up the skin. This results in red cheeks or cracked lips among people with normal skin type. For those with dry skin, this is enough to trigger a bad case of flare-up.
The reason why this happens is because cold air tightens the skin pore. Because the pore is closed, the sebum oil which is manufactured by the sebaceous glands in the skin, cannot go out freely into the outer layer of the skin where it acts as a protective layer and traps moisture next to the skin. This, combined with the low humidity in winter, makes the skin prone to flaking and cracking because of dryness.
This makes the skin easily irritated. And when you are a shaver who hasn’t prepped his winter beard enough before shaving, chances are, you’ll get a bad case of razor burn.
But don’t let the fear of razor burn spoil your holiday fun this winter.
Tip 1. Exfoliate
Whether you’re shaving or not, exfoliation should always be part of your regular facial care. During the winter season, it’s even more important to do so before a shave.
Exfoliation is basically scrubbing off dead skin cells from your face by rubbing them with your fingers or with the use of a face scrub or an exfoliating liquid.
Since cold temperatures dry your skin, you need to rehydrate it. To do that, you need to get rid of the dry and dead skin cells by exfoliating so that the skin is rehydrated and smooth for shaving. Also, by exfoliating regularly, you’re cleaning the skin so that the shave oils and post-shave balms can work on your skin effectively.
Tip 2. Put on Some Pre-Shave Oil
Hot showers are best to get rid of the winter cold. It’s also the best way to prep up your beard. However, too much time spent in the steam isn’t good for the skin either. It strips away the natural oils from your body, especially around your face.
That’s why after showering, you need to put on a pre-shave oil. The oil soothes the skin and restores moisture that was washed away. It will keep your skin supple. The thin oil layer also acts as a buffer to reduce the blade friction when you start shaving.
If you don’t have time to run to the grocery to stock on your pre-shave oil, you can easily make a DIY pre-shave oil.
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Tip 3. Use a Scuttle
Think of it as a practical and luxurious way to shave for the holidays. That’s because a scuttle will make your warm lather lasts longer.
It’s a practical way to ward off the chill, especially since you don’t want your bare chin to get even colder this holiday season. But it’s also a luxurious way of shaving because that feeling of warm lather on your mug just puts you in a comfortable mood.
It will also give you a better shave. Not only do they retain heat well, but they also provide a rich and creamy lather in a short time.
Tip 4. Use a Beard Balm After an Aftershave
A beard balm is different from beard oil not only in substance but also in the ingredients it carries. A balm essentially contains beeswax and butter which is why it’s semi-solid in form.
While it’s generally used for styling beards because it adds volume to the facial hair, it can also protect the skin from irritation.
Butter moisturizes the skin while the beeswax forms a protective layer around the skin so that the moisture doesn’t dry out. The addition of essential oils in most of today’s beard balms also nourish the skin.
That’s why after using an aftershave, always apply some beard balm on your clean shaven face to protect it from the winter weather.
Tip 5. Get Our Holiday Pair
Here at Naked Armor, our inventory of shaving products are a stand-out and will definitely help you in getting the best possible shave this holiday winter season. They’re also made from high-quality materials which make them perfect holiday gifts, not only for you but your fellow shavers, too.
Our Savanna Shaving Scuttle Mug is an improvement on the basic scuttle mug design. It’s made of ceramic and has a vertical and horizontal matrix.
The vertical bars keep your brush from sliding towards freedom while the horizontal ridges catch the soap between the brush bristles and create a thick lather ready to be smothered all over your face.
Meanwhile, our Beard to Blade Balm is not only perfect for your clean shaven mug but also for your razor blade.
It’s one of our unique products here at Naked Armor. It heals rashes and burns, moisturizes dry and irritated skin, and maintains healthy and radiant looking beard and mustache. At the same time, it’s also perfect for moisturizing and cleaning your straight razor while protecting it from rust and dampness.
Finally, if you’re looking for awesome gift items, check out our wonderful collection of high-quality straight razors and shaving kits. Just because most of the men are wrapped up in their warm beards this winter doesn’t mean you have to join them, too. Treat yourself to a luxurious holiday shave with our items. Check out our site.