Our skin is covered with a lipid barrier layer which protects the skin and helps keep the moisture inside.
Shaving causes a lot of stress on the skin; it damages this protective layer, resulting in inflammation, ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
While you can’t entirely avoid this shaving damage, you can minimize it with gentle care, good quality razor blades and a protecting product.
One of my favorite skin products is shea butter, a very nourishing and moisturizing cream which is rich in valuable vitamins and fatty acids. Its anti-aging properties help maintain the skin’s elasticity, stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles.
This natural butter helps with different skin conditions and is particularly suiting for for dry skin.
Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the Karite shea tree native to Africa.
It’s creamy and very rich in texture. The color can be anything between off-white and yellow / light brown.
Besides using it as my daily facial cream, I also use it as an ingredient in this DIY shea butter shaving cream with coconut oil.
It’s a very pleasant unisex shaving product for girls & guys, that can be customized with essential oils to create your favorite scent.
There are different types of shea butter available; unrefined and refined. Refined shea butter is more processed and contains less nutrients. It has a lighter color and (almost) no smell.
I only use raw unrefined organic shea butter because it contains the maximum amount of nutrients and hasn’t been chemically processed.
This shea butter still has its characteristic, earthy smell.
If you normally use fragranced cosmetics, the smell might be something to get used to at first.
You can always add essential oil to it if you find the smell to be too strong for you. (you will have to melt the shea butter first in order to mix in other oils)
Essential oils can also be mixed into this DIY shea butter shaving cream with coconut oil.
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil au bain marie in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water. Let it slowly melt on a low heat while stirring.
Add the almond oil and optionally other essential oil and put the bowl in the fridge until it’s fully solid.
Whip with an electric or hand mixer until you reach a light, airy texture.
Store in a container in a cool, dark place.
Aftercare is also very important. Try this almond oil shea butter after shave cream while you’re at it!