Did you know that the average amount of facial hair on a man is about 25,000 whiskers? Given the amount of time and effort needed to tame and cut it, you need to know the best products to use. Whether you opt to use foam, gel or shaving cream, it really comes down to the desired feel and effect on the skin.
Foam has been used for over sixty years and looks like it is here to stay. Let’s take a look at what it is and how it is used.
Shaving foam is a mixture of several chemicals and glycerine. It is infused with a propellant to make a foam full of bubbles which is then applied to the skin.
This is typically done after taking a shower when the pores are completely open on the skin. Because shaving foam is stored in a pressurized bottle or can, it can be at risk for explosion if exposed to too much heat. This is one of the reasons that some people opt not to use foam, even with its emollient properties.
Shaving foam is an emollient with the capabilities to provide a smooth, thin layer of moisture on the skin, protecting it from the razor. When the blade of any razor is dragged or scraped across the skin, it causes many tiny little cuts that result in razor burn. Foams and creams help to keep the skin lubricated, protecting it from micro-cuts.
A shower is desirable prior to shaving, in order to open the pores. If this is not possible, then wrapping a warm towel around your face is helpful for optimal results. This gets the follicles ready to receive the shaving foam and makes the hair more manageable.
Dispensing shaving foam is as easy as shaking the can and pressing the nozzle. Just a handful of foam is necessary for most faces. If you are using this on your legs or other body areas, more may be needed to make sure that you achieve about an eighth of an inch of thickness.
Once you are finished shaving, rinsing the remaining foam off your skin is not necessary. Some people do this, but it is actually rinsing off the moisturizing properties in the foam like lanolin and glycerin.
Shaving foam helps to provide moisturizer and to trap the heat in your skin while shaving. This is important to your skin because it gets stripped of the surface moisture while shaving, making it vulnerable to cuts and irritation.
It is also important to maintain warmth and heat on your skin, to maintain the skin’s supple nature. When you are cold and the surface of your skin is cold, it is more brittle. Shaving foam is also a humectant which is a substance that helps your skin reduce the loss of total moisture while shaving.
Shaving foam can be bought in big box stores and department stores. Online, there are countless brands touting their effectiveness, making it quite difficult to choose. Just make sure that you do your research on the best foam to use, making your shave close and comfortable.