The nicks, the cuts, the irritation: the daily woes of an oily-skinned shaver. Of course, on the opposite end of the spectrum, men with dry skin often feel their faces become tighter than a tourist’s Speedo after shaving. It’s all about understanding your skin type, and you, my friend, have oily skin that makes you look shinier than your girlfriend’s lip-gloss. Not to worry, The Motley’s got your back.
RESIST THE URGE TO ATTACK
Chances are you’ve soaped up, scrubbed down and splashed on aftershave until you were blue (or red) in the face, only to have your skin retaliate with a fresh new oil slick. All of that over-washing and drying is signaling your skin to put up its defenses (i.e. to produce more oil). The more you wash and scrub, the more your skin feels itself drying out, so it tries to help by over-producing sebum. How are you supposed to get a clean shave when your face just won’t cooperate?
First of all, you need to relax. Years from now, you’ll be showing fewer signs of aging than your dry-skinned cronies so that oil scourge is actually helping you. That’s not to say that you have to walk around with a blinding shine across your forehead. You just need to change your approach: don’t attack – assist.
AVOID THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OF SKIN MISTAKES
Start your skincare routine with a gentle, alcohol-free wash like (Malin+Goetz) Grapefruit Face Cleanser to remove excess dirt. Stick to warm, not hot, water, as higher temperatures will dry out your skin and lead it to produce more oil–a lot more oil.
Next, choose the right product. Believe it or not, shaving oil or a cream that contains essential oils will work best with your oily skin, as it won’t fight your natural complexion. Many widely-available gels and foams are alcohol based and will strip your skin, so avoid them at all costs. Give Port Product Face Saving Shave Formula a try instead. Coconut oil nourishes skin and provides the best glide possible.
Then comes the main event: a clean shave. Always make sure your razor is clean and sharp, and always shave with the grain on the first pass.
To wrap it up, calm your skin by rinsing it with cold water, and finish off with an (again) alcohol-free aftershave balm like Herbivore Botanicals Post Shave Tonic which has antiseptic witch hazel and calming aloe that won’t clog your pores. Choose a product with aloe or chamomile for maximum relief.
Pro Tip: Always remember: embrace your OWN skin type and stick to light, gentle, non-irritant products. Save the alcohol for your Old-Fashioned and give your oily skin a break; use alcohol-free products before, during and after shaving.