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17th June 2015
Now, I'm what some people may refer to as ‘whiskered’ or ‘bushy’, or what my girlfriend just calls ‘messy’, personally I love to just let my facial hairs grow and feel free. I used to shave when I first started getting stubble; you know that stage as a teenager when you think the hair growing above your lip means you’re turning into a man. I hated the prickly sharp feeling of my hair growing through my cheeks and chin, so I stopped shaving as soon as my hair actually became more than baby hedgehog spikes. However, fast forward a few years into the future and as a (reasonably) young, budding professional, I know the typical image of the smartly dressed, well groomed man that I should assume. That echoed by the constant hints from my respective other half; she finally dropped the biggest one and got me this Dermalogica Shave Kit from Pura NB. So, I was left with no choice but to try and regain my baby bum face and, of course, keep my girlfriend happy.
It was a surreal experience at first. Any time I have previously shaved it was literally just a razor in the shower or over the sink, now I’m faced with products for before, during and after! However, what I thought might be an arduous challenge proved to be one of the simplest and most rewarding things I've done for a while! Wow, I was actually left for a good half an hour after I was finished thinking, ‘I must’ve missed out on some steps, or I had forgotten to actually shave part of my face’; it really was that quick and easy. And after how reluctant I was to use it at first… I’m not telling my girlfriend how much I actually enjoyed using the Shave Kit… well, not yet anyway.
The Dermalogica Shave Kit comprises of the following products;
This skin kit provides the whole range of products you need to get the perfect shave and look after your skin all in one box. You just apply the different elements in easy to follow, simple stages. Stage 1is the Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub, it exfoliates dying skin cells whilst also giving the skin a glow and helps lift the hairs for a close shave. The best thing I found about the Daily Clean Scrub, and the reason I'd particularly recommend this product even on its own, is that it provides both a scrub and a cleansing treatment, causing absolutely no irritation to my skin. This has proven to be brilliant for anytime I've been in a rush and don't have the time to deal with separate products lying round the bathroom. The Daily Clean Scrub works its dual action by cleaning your skin closely to remove excess oil and exfoliating it to minimise ingrown hair. It's a really good product because it's not just for pre-shave, if used separately from the rest of the kit; it can be used at any point!
The Dermalogica Pre-Shave Guard worked brilliantly in combination with the Dermalogica Soothing Shave Cream to prep my skin. It really managed to soften my beard and reduced the irritation from smaller or ingrown hairs. The Soothing Shave Cream goes on top of the Pre-Shave Guard and Stage 2 commences! Despite my seemingly tough facial hairs, this was such a comfortable experience. Just frequent rinses of the blade in between moving the razor around my face, the hair was practically gone on the first swipe. It definitely does what it is meant to, making my hairs softer and protecting my skin against any kind of cuts or uneven bumps.
*Something to note is that the ultra-rich formula of the Soothing Shave Cream provides an extra boost of protection for thick beards, sensitive skin or shaving the head.
Stage 3 to finish off the job. The Dermalogica Post-Shave Balm and Dermalogica Daily Defense SPF15 complete the routine with ease and smoothness. They moisturise your skin and leave it in its most natural condition. Post-Shave Balm is one of the best after-shave products I have ever used. You only need a small drop to get instant relief. Since using the Shaving Skin Kit I have completely eradicated any redness or discomfort that I previously got from my growing hairs, or shaving. I would strongly suggest this product for anyone with sensitive skin. The Post-Shave Balm itself has actually changed my skin by leaps and bounds, providing a significant improvement in any spots or bumps I always got from shaving before. Because you only need a small amount, it gets applied lightly, but will still provide a soothing defence if you do end up cutting yourself.
To conclude, apply the Daily Defense Block to ensure a true moisturised and refreshed finish.
If I'm honest, I didn't expect to like anything about this Dermalogica Shave Kit. But after using a month’s supply of products, I have to say, they smell good, scrubs good, and I get a great shave in the shower.
The whole kit really works for me, even when I'm out at the gym or on the go. Another great benefit my girlfriend really sold me on was the fact that the skin kit items are conveniently sized for all airlines (although the products are available in individual larger sizes).
Finally, I get to look suave and sharp in Spain! So, In conclusion, I would definitely recommend getting the Dermalogica Shave Kit for that salon-like finish.
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