I used to think that pre-shave oil was one of those extra products or steps that could be eliminated from the budget without second thought. It was hard for me to understand how my husband could justify spending $30 on a bottle, or how it could really help.
But when I became an esthetician and started seeing several male clients that struggled with shaving irritations, ingrown hairs, and raw skin, I started to reconsider my stance. Shaving is a form of exfoliation, and when men shave their face daily or close to it, the skin can easily become agitated. If the skin isn’t properly protected and soothed, irritation and even rawness are natural consequences.
Pre-shave oil is not meant to replace shaving cream, but to be used with it. The oil creates a protective barrier on top of the skin that is slick, causing razors to glide over smoothly and only grab the hair. It can soften and prepare whiskers, nourish the face, reduce nicks, reduce friction and prevent ingrown hairs. It can help to tame pre-existing skin irritations by using naturally soothing ingredients that fight bacteria.
DIY Natural Pre-Shave Oil
What You’ll Need:
- 2.5-3 fl oz Castor Oil (buy it here)
- 1 fl oz Olive Oil (buy it here)
- 15 drops Skin-safe Essential Oils (I buy mine here)
- Optional: 5 drops Vitamin E oil (buy it here)
- Amber glass bottle (buy it here)
Funnel all ingredients into the amber bottle. Seal tightly, and swirl the bottle around to combine.
- Apply just a few drops to hands and spread onto the face.
- Apply shaving cream or lather on top of the oil.
- Shave as normal.
- Rinse skin, pat dry, and apply after shave if using.
To read about which skin-nourishing essential oils I’d recommend using, or other carrier oils that can be substituted in this recipe, check out the full post I wrote for the Rubies & Radishes blog.