Did you know that exfoliating is essential for men, too? Exfoliating can give you a closer, smoother shave. It’s also a proactive and reactive approach to healthy skin and the visible signs of aging. It’s important to know how to exfoliate correctly before and after shaving to get the most out of your grooming routine.
In this blog post, we’ll cover why exfoliating is important for men, how to exfoliate, and what to avoid when exfoliating. We’ll also provide tips for exfoliating your body.
What Is Exfoliating And Why Is It Important For Men?
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This helps to reveal a brighter, more even complexion. It also reduces clogged pores. If you are acne-prone, removing the dead skin cells that clog your pores can minimize face and whole-body breakouts. It can also minimize post-shave ingrown hairs.
Our body naturally self-exfoliates, but oil, lotion, beard products, and skin care products can hinder self-exfoliation. Also, as we age, natural exfoliation slows.
When To Exfoliate?
With exfoliation, more is not better! Most men only need to exfoliate 1 to 3 times per week. If your skin is sensitive, or to keep things simple, aim for 1 or 2 times per week. If you wear thick sunscreen in the summer months, you may need to exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week.
Always exfoliate with warm water and experiment with different exfoliation products and tools to find what works for you.
Here are your top exfoliation options:
- Loofahs—puffs can be used daily but natural loofahs should only be used 1 to 2 times per week.
- Silicone—silicone scrubbers can be used daily or every other day, just be gentle.
- Chemical—chemical exfoliators should be used as directed. Never keep them on longer than advised. If your skin is sensitive, spot test first.
- Cleansers—some exfoliating cleansers are designed to be used for gentle daily exfoliation.
- Scrubs—granular scrubs are more abrasive, so be gentle and only use them 2 to 3 times per week.
What To Avoid When Exfoliating Before Shaving?
When it comes to exfoliating before you shave, there are some important tips to keep in mind to ensure a smooth shaving experience.
- Use a granular exfoliator on your face or other areas you plan to shave.
- Only use chemical exfoliators on days you won’t be shaving.
- Loofahs and exfoliating tools should be used on days you won’t be shaving.
- Regardless of what you use, use as directed and be gentle.
- Never exfoliate irritated, inflamed, broken, or damaged skin.
- Always apply moisture after you exfoliate, such as oil, face cream, or body lotion.
Why Exfoliate Before Shaving?
Shaving exfoliates your skin, but exfoliating before you shave or clean up your edges:
- Removes dead skin cells that clog pores.
- Ensures a smoother and closer shave.
- Makes shaving faster and more comfortable.
- Minimizes both razor burn and ingrown hairs.
- Helps skincare products to better absorb.
- Promotes cell turnover for antiaging benefits.
How To Exfoliate Before Shaving?
To exfoliate before shaving, wet your face with warm water. Then, apply a granular exfoliator and scrub gently in a circular motion, taking special care around the chin and jawline. Rinse your face thoroughly and apply a good quality shaving cream or shaving gel before you shave.
After shaving, apply beard oil or moisturizer to soothe your skin. With this simple pre-shave routine, you'll be sure to have a smooth, irritation-free shave every time.
How To Exfoliate After Shaving?
Always exfoliate directly before shaving, and at least a day or two after you shave. If you exfoliate sooner, it can damage and irritate your skin. Aim to exfoliate 1 to 3 days per week, from head to toe. Depending on your shave schedule, you may not exfoliate your body on the same day you shave.
How To Exfoliate Your Body?
Granular cleansers are too time-consuming to use from head to toe, so use a loofah or brush. You can also use an exfoliating body gel, that you apply to your loofah or brush. Be sure to rinse your skin thoroughly with warm water afterward.
Even if you don’t apply body lotion daily, be sure to apply lotion after you exfoliate. This will lock in moisture and nourish and protect your skin. With regular exfoliation, you’ll be sure to maintain healthy, vibrant skin.
Should You Exfoliate Before Manscaping?
Yes! Just like when shaving your face or cleaning up your edges, you should exfoliate before you manscape. Use a granular product and be very gentle.
For very sensitive areas, such as below the belt, consider applying oil after you exfoliate and before your shave cream. If you don’t have shave oil, you can use naturally derived beard oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. This will further improve your comfort level, provide a smoother shave, and minimize post-shave irritation.
As always, apply oil or lotion after you shave.
When To Use Shave Cream Instead Of Shave Gel?
Whether you use shave cream or gel may be a simple matter of preference. Uncle Jimmy Shave gel foams instead of lathers to improve visibility while shaving. For maximum visibility, a shave cream may be easier to use.
Since the body has more curves than your face and is more difficult to see while manscaping, a cream may be better. So, you may use both a cream and a gel depending on where you are shaving.
Still Not Sure Why You Should Exfoliate?
Exfoliating is an important, but often forgotten part of men’s grooming routines. Regular exfoliation leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, and prevents acne, skin irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. With the right technique and products, exfoliating is fast and easy. By using gentle exfoliants, men can keep their skin healthy, youthful, and looking its best.
Uncle Jimmy has you covered with everything you need to cleanse and shave your hair, beard, and body. All you need to do is find an exfoliating product or tool that works for you!
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