Whether you’re a man or woman, you can’t deny the benefits of shaving with coconut oil. It’s the perfect way to achieve the smooth shave you strive for, or to avoid painful and irritating bumps and razor burn. Coconut oil is a primary ingredient in a number of commercially available organic shave products, or you can use the unadulterated oil. It costs a fraction of what you’d spend on chemical hair removers, hot wax or the next greatest razor, and it’s actually taking care of your skin while you shave.
Coconut oil benefits with dry and sensitive skin
While commercial shave gels and creams have a tendency to dry your skin, coconut oil adds deep moisturizing action to your daily or weekly shave. Ingredients such as alcohol are common in those commercial products, and they’re terrible for drying and irritating your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you have probably already run into problems in especially tender areas such as your face, underarms or bikini line. With none of these artificial ingredients, coconut oil readily absorbs into your skin to sooth and soften sensitive areas.
Reduce or eliminate razor burn with coconut oil
Razor burn is most often caused by tiny areas of inflammation around your hair follicles. The inflammation is either from a dull razor pulling at the hairs, or from skin irritation caused by environmental factors such as the chemicals in your commercial shave products. Shaving cuts off the inflamed skin, causing stinging abrasions and visible red bumps.
Coconut oil not only cuts down on the irritation that can cause razor burn, but its extra-slick lubrication helps the razor slide over other types of skin bumps without cutting – an especially useful benefit to people with moles or acne. Some individuals with acne also report that they see faster healing and less scarring when they shave with coconut oil since they don’t have that routine irritation of the sores.
Cleaner, longer lasting razors with cleansing coconut oil
Instead of gunking up your razor or other shaving implement, coconut oil actually cleans the blade as you go. Shaved hairs come out of the blade easier, and the lubricated cutting edge doesn’t dull or get chipped as easily. A very small amount of water will remove all the hairs and skin flakes from the blades. The thinner oil also moves through the small cracks between blades in a multi-blade razor than do commercial shave gels and creams.
Coconut oil offers a longer lasting, smoother shave
People who use coconut oil for shaving frequently rave about the superior results they get. Without skin irritation and with better lubrication, the razor can cut closer to the skin than ever before without cutting flesh. Rather than required follow-up with a facial cream or lotion, the skin is already moisturized from the oil. Because it starts out smoother, the shave tends to last longer than a traditional shave – some reports say that it can even last as long as a hot wax treatment.
Is there any reason not to use coconut oil?
Unfortunately, nothing is 100% great with no trade-off. While commercial shaving products are water-soluble and therefore easy to rinse off, coconut oil is not. The oil can build up in your sink or tub if you don’t rinse it frequently. If you shave in the shower, shaving before using soap and hair cleansers can help wash all the oil out. As an added bonus, the oil prevents soap buildup at the same time that the soap prevents oil buildup. To prevent buildup on your bathroom linens, you may want to designate a specific shaving towel to wipe excess oil off your face.
You can buy coconut oil in virtually any grocery store or health food store, and it’s usually sold in solid form. It melts at very low temperatures, creating a perfect medium for a warm shave. Don’t worry about it going to waste – coconut oil can be used all over your body for skin care, nail care, and even hair care. If you want an inexpensive, organic body care solution, then coconut oil may be the solution for you.