Pre-Shave Oil: Why Every Man Should Use It

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What Is Pre-Shave Oil?

Pre-shave oil is a product that you use before applying your shaving gel or shaving cream. The oil serves as an extra barrier between your metal razor and delicate skin. 

The oil should not be used to replace your shaving cream/gel, but adding it to your shaving regimen will make your shaving experience easier, more comfortable, and will leave you cut-free when you’re finished. 

How To Apply Pre-Shave Oil

Step 1. Wash your face with lukewarm water—Don’t wash your face with water that is too hot, this can dry out your skin. 

Step 2.  Pour a small amount of pre-shave oil into your hands and apply the oil to the areas of your face that you will be shaving. 

Step 3. Massage the oil into your skin using small circles, if the oil absorbs into your skin quickly, apply a little bit more. 

Step 4. Apply your shaving cream/gel over the pre-shave oil. 

Step 5. Begin shaving.

Important Things To Remember

  • Pre-shave oil should not be used to replace shaving cream or gel as it does not contain the same necessary properties that protect the skin, this product should be used only as a shaving enhancement. 
  • The pre-shave oil should be used before the shaving cream/gel, applying it over the shaving cream will make it ineffective. 
  • If you still experience a burning sensation after your shave, you are likely doing something else wrong.  Take a look at our 11 Tips For A Smoother Shave for a few great tips to help you perfect your shave.
  • You can always find great advice in the Iron Canteen Community if you need help perfecting your shave.
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