Shaving in its basic level can be quick and effortless. Simply pick up a good-working razor, slide or drag it across your face or legs to remove unwanted stubble and hair—and voila! To many however, who have trouble with their skin after shaving, a really good regimen requires more than just dragging a razor on your skin. Dermatologists and even neighborhood barbers highly recommend using a good cream to aid in this quest. So, if you’re up for a good start, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to make a DIY sandalwood shaving cream and why it will do your skin best.
Benefits of Shaving Cream
Again, simplistic shaving may sound like the best way to go but to protect your skin, it is necessary to use a shaving cream. One of the main reasons behind this is that shaving creams often have ingredients that soften the skin. Skin that is elastic does not easily break out. This also makes the process of skin aging slower than usual.
Shaving cream also help softens those leg hairs and facial stubbles. This allows you not to put too much pressure to the skin beneath leading to less cuts, nicks and irritation. By lifting the hair, this allows the process of shaving to be much easier and smoother. It is one way of replenishing your skin with needed moisture and healing elements via natural ingredients in your DIY sandalwood shaving cream.
Sandalwood Shaving Cream Recipe
As a whole, the use of shaving cream is beneficial in three ways: cleansing, moisturizing, and beautifying. For starters, this lavender-sandalwood homemade shaving cream will help uphold these three benefits:
10 drops sandalwood essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
3 tablespoons Castile or sandalwood soap
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon Vit. E oil
1 cup coco oil
Simply dump all ingredients in a cold glass or stainless steel bowl. Using an electric or hand mixer, whip all ingredients until light and fluffy. Store shaving cream in an airtight container and lather generously when shaving.
This DIY sandalwood shaving cream with the essence of lavender generates a sense of smoothness and relaxation that a few other OTCs in the market have to offer. Not only are the ingredients safe to sensitive skin, they also deliver a rosy glow making the skin look younger and flawless after shaving.
To achieve the aforementioned benefits, it is also important to shave right after taking a shower (never before) by shaving in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse carefully with cool water to keep moisture locked in. Apply an after-shave cream or ointment and make sure to choose a sharp razor that glides smoothly.
It is also important to note thought that this recipe uses zero preservatives. To keep it free from microorganisms, make sure to store it a container with airtight lid and must be kept away from water to prevent molding. During applications, keep your fingers dry before dipping into the jar.
With utmost care, shelf-life of most DIY sandalwood shaving cream recipes is between 3 to 5 months. There is a tendency for the cream to harden during cold season or to melt in high temp environment. This is perfectly normal and do not change the benefits of the shaving cream.
Sometimes, ingrown hairs on the legs and face can be evident. To prevent this, apply tea tree oil or lavender oil to the spot at least 2 days prior to shaving to help unclog the skin and remove them during shaving time.
In conclusion, it is truly easy to create your own DIY sandalwood shaving cream. The ingredients can be easily bought in your local dispensaries or may be ordered from online sites like Amazon. For those who want to go au naturale sans the efforts of doing things your own, organic brands like the TOBS shaving cream are also available in the market.