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Q: What is an ingrown hair?

A: Ingrown hairs (Pseudofolliculitis barbae) appear on skin when hair is cut, and the hair grows back in at an improper angle.

The process of cutting the end of the hair shaft through shaving can force hair back into its follicle, or even cause hair to double over on itself, re-entering the same follicle and growing inward instead of exiting the surface. The hair shaft can also grow and enter another follicle.

The body recognizes this ingrown hair as a foreign body (similar to the way it would a splinter), and triggers an inflammatory response that includes redness, pain, and a raised area that resembles a pimple that can fill with pus.

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Q: What happens to skin when it's shaved?

A: Simply put, shaving is a form of mechanical exfoliation.

Shaving triggers a high level of visible irritation on the skin and can serve as a form of over-exfoliation and lead to a compromised lipid barrier. When the skin’s lipid barrier is compromised, there is an increase in moisture loss, which leads to dry, scaly, cracked, sensitized skin.

Skin dryness can increase skin’s susceptibility to a various number of shaving concerns, including Pseudofolliculitis barbae (ingrown hairs and razor bumps), razor burn and sensitivity.

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Q: What's the difference between Invigorating Shave Gel and Soothing Shave Cream?

A: Both Invigorating Shave Gel and Soothing Shave Cream are ideal shaving mediums for your skin care regimen.

Invigorating Shave Gel is an oil-free, cooling gel that soothes, hydrates and protects against razor burn. The clear formula allows for optimal visibility of areas to be shaven. Soothing Shave Cream is a rich, non-foaming formula that soothes and calms while enhancing skin’s natural protective barrier.

While both products are designed for all skin conditions and beard types, Invigorating Shave Gel is more suitable to clients with oily or breakout-prone skin, or who prefer to shave with a gel. Soothing Shave Cream is more suitable to those with heavier beards, sensitive or sensitized skin, or to clients who prefer to shave with a cream.

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Q: Can I use your products if I use an electric razor?

A: Yes. Shave system products can be used by those who shave with electric razors.

Products that will fit into your electric razor regimen include Clean Bar, Daily Clean Scrub, Post-Shave Balm, and Daily Defense Block SPF15.

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Q: Can I use your products when shaving my head?

A: Head shavers will benefit from our 3-step Pre-Shave, Shave, and Post-Shave regimen that minimizes nicks, cuts, redness, and irritation.

   •   Cleanse and exfoliate to lift the hairs with Daily Clean Scrub.  
   •   If your hair requires extra softening or skin is sensitive, apply Pre-Shave Guard then apply Soothing Shave Cream over
       Pre-Shave Guard. Otherwise, apply Invigorating Shave Gel or Close Shave Oil, depending upon your preference. Shave.
   •   Apply Post-Shave Balm to help prevent ingrown hairs while cooling skin. Then defend against protect with Daily Defense
       Block SPF15.

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Q: Will a professional skin treatment really help with my shaving concerns?

A: Absolutely.

A professional skin therapist can deliver a treatment to help minimize irritation, redness, ingrown hairs, and razor burn associated with shaving. He or she can also help control oily shine or dryness, and even provide tips on how to shave, which will help you manage and control shaving concerns. Lastly, a professional skin therapist can prescribe a customized shaving regimen to minimize nicks, cuts, redness and irritation while protecting skin from dryness and skin-aging UV light.

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Some of the products your professional skin therapist may prescribe will include:


daily clean scrub
daily clean scrub
pre-shave guard
pre-shave guard

This dual-action exfoliating cleanser containing microfine Silica beads helps lift the beard for a closer, cleaner shave

A shaving prep to help soften the beard

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soothing shave cream
soothing shave cream
invigorating shave gel
invigorating shave gel

An ultra-calming, anti-inflammatory shave cream for a super-close, pain-free shave

Cool, soothe, and soften with this lightweight shaving gel

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post-shave balm
post-shave balm
daily defense spf15
daily defense spf15

Calm redness and reduce discomfort with this super-cooling treatment balm

A multi-tasking SPF daytime lotion that hydrates and leaves a shine-free surface

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