A good shave can reveal a lot. A clean face, the shape of your jaw… and for some darkened skin. If you have noticed darker skin on your face from shaving it isn't just the lighting… it is indeed a "real thing" that may actually be happening to you!
Let's start with why it is happening:
The aggressive nature of shaving, whether it's with a razor or an electric shaver, can cause skin discoloration. The rubbing or scraping action of the blades can cause minor cuts to the skin, causing "hyper-pigmentation", which is the skin's way of replacing color to the damaged area.
Burke Avenue's - Moisturizing Shave Cream is the first of it's kind to not only handle the real-time concerns of the wet-shaver; it also contains natural ingredients (Avocado, Lemon Peel & Geranium Oils) that fight this concern. Hyper-pigmentation, has been a personal struggle for me as well as for many of my readers and clients. So, it only made sense to address this in my very first product.
Below are three more helpful tips to rid your face of frustrating skin darkening from shaving!
- Prep well - Whether it's a wet-shave or an electric shave, make sure you follow the necessary steps to prepare the skin for shaving. This will reduce any nicks that may result. (See: Electric Shaving con't...(tricks for a better electric shave) or my Quick & Classic Shaving Tips).
- Avoid shaving against the grain - This practice can not only cause irritation, but in some cases nicks to the skin, which result in the hair being pulled and snagged instead of cut.
- Avoid rubbing alcohol or aftershave products that contain alcohol - Alcohol can dry, harden and even darken the skin. Stick with aftershave balms that do not contain the ingredient alcohol.
The A/S (aftershave) balm, is just as important to your face a shave cream is to shaving!
Because your face can be dry and irritated from shaving even more so in the winter months, the A/S balm is used to calm, moisturize and heal dry/irritated skin from the aggressive nature of shaving. Aftershave balms help prepare the face for future shaves by speeding up the skin's healing process. Simply put, you just can't go without it!
The grooming market has tons of after shaves balms to choose from. But, making your grooming life easier is what I aim to do! Here are my favorite A/S balms that I always keep not only for me, but for my clients as well! -- Top 5 Aftershave Balms!
**Side note: With the healing benefits of Burke Avenue's - Moisturizing Shave Cream (shameless plug), an A/S balm will be twice as effective in optimizing your face for the next day's shave!