Anyone can benefit from a good pre-shave oil, especially those who are frequently left with rashes after shaving. A pre-shave oil is applied to your face before you put on shaving cream to moisturise your face and provide protection against razor burn. The oils softens the facial hairs and makes them stand up, which facilitates a close shave. Castor oil and olive oil are both good conditioning oils for hair and face, and can be used as moisturisers in place of commercially-prepared creams and lotions. Adding a few drops of an essential oil provides a nice fragrance.
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Things you need
- Tinted glass or plastic container with lid
- 240 ml (1 cup) castor oil
- 120 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil
- 5 drops sandalwood essential oil
Pour 240 ml (1 cup) castor oil, 120 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil and 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil into a tinted glass or plastic container with a lid. Shake the container up well to mix the ingredients.
Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand before you begin shaving, after washing and drying your face. Rub your palms together to distribute the oil on both palms, then rub the oil on your face. Let the oil penetrate for two minutes, while you wash the oil off your hands, then apply your shaving cream and shave in the usual manner.
Put the lid on your pre-shave oil and store it in a cool, dark place. It should keep fresh for about six months.
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