Am I the only person in love with that after glow I get from a fresh shave and/or haircut? It’s almost as sexy as that glow you have after a tough but awesome workout when know you’ve put in the work and have the contracted glutes, abs and swollen biceps to show for it.
I know every guy’s shaving experience isn’t the same more so, because we are focused on the shaving prep, totally ignoring the after shave maintenance. After a good line up and fresh scalping your skin looks radiant, pores are shrunken and jaw line tighten. Though, it could be due to parading around like a wolf for many days that you realize you’re really human after sheering the wool, there’s actually steps to keeping the new found gleaming surface.
Before a shave men worry about ingrown hairs, razor bumps and razor burn but with all the prep and research one can do before smearing on your best high-dollar-sensitive-skin-premium-state-of-the-art shaving creme, the after care is the key to skin preservation. Which, can be found in your mom’s medicine cabinet- St Ives Apricot Scrub.
Since middle school I’ve been using St. Ives Apricot Scrub for regular bad skin treatment. It wasn’t until being on vacation with a few of my girlfriends needing a quick shave that I found that the dermatologist tested scrub was actually a brilliant way to manage my skin till the next shaving. When you’re prepping for a shave you are to open your pores, soften your hair and cool it off with some alcohol base balm. With all that prep scrubbing your skin with a gritty sulfate free medication is genius in invigorating and smoothing your skin.
The best thing about this scrub isn’t just the price $3.79 and that it can be found at any drug/grocery store, its the fact that this scrub removes the dead skin from your face leaving your epidermis supple. The natural exfoliant is ideal to keep your hair from growing under your skin resulting in stubborn and ugly bumps. Also, the salicylic acid helps fight acne and prevent blackheads. I’m pleased that the scrub is gritty enough to get a deep good cleansing that isn’t abrasive where most men’s shaving scrubs are too soft doing a sub-par job. Another major problem with shaving cremes and after shaving balms is over drying. St. Ives scrub actually hydrates your skin and firms your skin.
If you have specific skin problems the scrubs comes in four different formulas that are designed to replenish, tone, treat and sooth skin; “Fresh Skin,” Timeless Skin,” “Naturally Clear” and “Sensitive Skin.”
Tips to effective using the product is to remember: Dry Face, Dry Hands. Don’t wet your face nor your hands when first applying the scrub it will allow you to get a profound cleaning also, a great unrelated side effect your rough gym hands will get a bit more softer.
Don’t forget to tone and moisturizer!