What does pre-shave oil do?
Yep, you’ve heard of it and you kind of like the sound of it but what the hell is Pre-Shave Oil and why do you need it? And of course which is the best pre shave oil? Well, as it sounds, it’s special oil that is formulated for use on your face before shaving. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s there to replace shaving cream, gel or soap. You still need that step during shaving because it’s a preparation product.
The point of shaving oil is to soften your beard hair and protect your skin from the sharp, often aggravating razor blade. Yes, it sounds all fancy but it’s actually a good idea? Well, as the average man will shave over 20,000 times during a lifetime, it’s a good idea to invest in good quality products to prep skin and keep it free from irritation, razor burn, razor bumps and cuts. This is one of those products that once you’ve used, you’ll find you can’t be without. So listen up!
What is pre shave oil made of?
The Best Pre-Shave Oils usually contain a baseline of natural ingredients – they aren’t just any old oil and you’ll find stuff like grape seed oil, safflower oil, castor oil, almond oil, sandalwood oil and other types too. Think of the sort of oil your girlfriend or wife might use in her skincare. There’s a reason she’s using them, to make her skin look great, feel soft and keep it aggravation free and men should always be encouraged to do the same as well.
These pre-shave oils also contain vitamins that are good for the skin, usually A and E. Both of these keep skin looking hydrated and young (so stop that papery appearance) and even go as far as to help prevent lines from developing early. Now because they’re called “oils” they might sound all greasy, but used properly they won’t clog up your skin, just remember to always use a pre-shave oil really sparingly.
So to sum it up:
- Oil (grape seed, safflower oil, castor oil, almond oil, sandalwood oil)
- Plant extras
Why We Recommend A Pre-Shave Oil
There are lots of reasons to try a pre-shave oil, here’s why we like’em!
- They protect your skin from razor blades
- They’re good if you have really sensitive skin that is prone to razor bumps and irritation
- They hydrate and moisturise your skin
- They help skin to retain a youthful appearance
- They help you get a closer shave
- They soften facial hair, in preparation for shaving
- They are good for beards too because they “style” them and give them a glossy finish
- They smell great!
OK – so now you’re convinced to go out and try a pre-shave oil, you need to know how to use it. Too much and you’ll get gloopy oil everywhere, you could even clog up your pores. However, apply too little and it won’t make any difference so using the right amount is very important.
When to apply pre shave oil?
- Place a few drops (four or five) in the palms of your hands
- Rub your palms together for a few seconds, this action helps to spread the oil evenly
- Distribute and massage the oil onto your face area for about 30 seconds
- Leave for another 30 seconds to let the oil really sink into your skin
- Wash your hands
- Apply your chosen shaving cream or soap
- Use a very rich lathering product (soap or cream) with glycerine as an ingredient (this is particularly good for comfort and helps you get a closer shave)
- Shave as normal, either before a shower with a warm bowl of water, during your shower or directly after
- Use a razor with good weight balance; you don’t want to apply too much pressure to your face. Your chosen razor should glide across your beard area smoothly
- Shave with the grain first
- After shaving, rinse your face, pat dry and apply a moisturiser to help to hydrate your skin and sooth it. Try not to use any aftershave with alcohol as they burn and can dry out skin, causing a rash and in-grown hairs.
What about pre-shave creams?
There are also pre-shave creams which are better for those of you who are prone to zits because they don’t have any oil or greasiness. So, if this sounds like you but you want to try something to moisturise and open up your pores but you get zitty skin, try a pre-shave cream instead and follow the same steps mentioned above when applying to your skin.
Which is best pre shave oil or cream?
Now you need to know what the best Pre Shave Oils are, we’ve done lots of shaving research, tried all the products we could get hold of and here’s what we recommend:
- Proraso Pre-Shave Cream, Sensitive Skin
- Sandalwood Premium Shaving Oil Lather & Wood Shaving Company
- The Blades Grim Smolder Pre-Shave Oil
- Shave Secret Shaving Oil – The Best Shave Ever!
- The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil, Sandalwood
The Best Pre Shave Oil For Sensitive Skin
Proraso Pre-Shave Cream, Sensitive Skin (Retail, $13)
This is a truly great pre-shave cream which is best used on oily skin. It soothes, protects and hydrates plus is smells really fresh, with natural extract of lime and apple. It goes a long way to stop irritation, razor burn and guard against shaving cuts and nicks. For this one, it’s best to apply it to damp skin before you shave, really massage it in, then apply your normal shaving cream or soap and start your shave.
We rate this because it:
- Gives a smoother shave
- Hydrates, moisturises and protects
- Really does help to stop nicks and cuts
- Leaves a fresh scent that women love!
The Best Pre Shave Oil For Acne Prone Skin
Sandalwood Premium Shaving Oil Lather & Wood Shaving Company (Retail $11)
This is quite a new product on the market place and we’ve tried and tested it even on tough, prickly hair. It also has a great, traditional, masculine scent and it’s made out of seven different natural oils. It’s a really great pre-shaving oil for men with very stubborn facial hair and perfect for use before a wet-shave. The natural oils are good for discouraging zits but it won’t dry skin out. Use a little on your face, really allow it to penetrate into the skin and then use your shaving cream or soap, shave as normal.
We rate this as the best pre shave oil because it’s:
- Great for sensitive skin
- Good for moisturising the skin
- Won’t dry out your skin
- Discourages zits
- Softens hairs
- Discourages in-grown hairs, therefore stops pores from clogging and zits from erupting!
- Low retail price
Best Pre Shave Oil For Electric Shavers
The Blades Grim Smolder Pre-Shave Oil (Retail $12.50)
Here’s one for you guys who prefer to use an electric razor and it’s great for tough, stubborn and in-grown hairs. You can also use this one if you prefer to wet-shave. It gives a smooth, close shave and prevents any skin irritation, so that means no redness, shaver rash and no razor-burn.
The oils in this product really lubricate the skin so it feels soft and smooth rather than scratchy. It has a strong, musky and citrus fragrance that really lasts, even after shaving. Use just a few drops in your palm, rub between your palms, apply to your face and let it sink into your skin before shaving.
We rate this because it’s:
- Great for dealing with very stubborn hairs
- Leaves a smooth result
- Good for a close shave with an electric razor
- Excellent at helping stop irritation and redness
- Good, affordable mid retail price
- Trusted, well-known shaving brand
Best Pre Shave Oil For A Straight Razor
Shave Secret Shaving Oil – The Best Shave Ever! (Retail $6.75)
This is a really cool shaving oil for a very low-retail and you won’t get better at this price. Not only is it low-retail, you don’t need to use much to get results, just a couple of drops which you rub between your palms before applying to your face. So for us, it’s a very economical product. It’s made out of 100% natural essential oils. Once you’ve applied, wait about 30 seconds and apply your shaving cream or soap as normal and start your wet-shave. It’s an excellent hydrating product so goes a long way to moisturise your skin and you can use it in the shower…or without showering. While we think this is good for a straight razor, it works well with any type of razor – even an electric razor.
We rate it because it’s:
- Great for travel because it’s small but economical
- Really low-retail
- Lasts for months so a very economical choice
- Good for when you’re on a tight budget
- Really hydrating and moisturising
- Use in or out of a shower, so extremely versatile
- Invisible when applied
- Light, masculine scent
- Excellent for a young beard!
Best Pre Shave Oil For A Safety Razor
The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil, Sandalwood (Retail $22.50)
If you’ve got the cash, then you won’t worry about spending it on this higher retail pre-shave oil. It’s by far the most expensive one on this list but is worth the price, especially if you prefer to use a safety razor. This particular oil has everything you want to stop your skin from drying out, aggravation and razor burn because it goes a long way to hydrate and help your razor to glide over your skin.
No more nasty nicks, scratches or blobs of Kleenex stuck over your face. As a suggestion, do use it really sparingly or your face will look overly greasy. You don’t need much anyway, just a few drops in between your palms. Then simply rub your hands together and smooth over your face around the area you shave. It softens up your hairs ready for a good shave and as it’s made with with Sandalwood essential oil it has a really revitalising, masculine scent.
We rate it because it’s:
- The best quality pre shave oil
- Economical, you don’t need to use much
- Softens beard hair
- Superb, masculine scent
- Keeps skin hydrated, won’t dry your skin out
- Helps to prevent irritation, cuts and nicks
Armed with a quality pre-shave oil your beard will look awesome and your skin will enjoy all the benefits of the moisturising ingredients. Don’t shave without one!