Facial Scrubs

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Facial Scrubs

Post by Fractal » Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:35 am

It seems like more and more of the shaving lines are offering some type of facial scrub. If we effectively "exfoliate" with a razor blade every one or two days, do we really need to use a facial scrub?

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Post by paddy » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:36 am

there are parts of your face that you don't shave. i use a scrub there.
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Post by harper » Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:36 pm

I use a facial scrub because it softens my beard and saves me from washing a couple of times before I apply a small amount of Coral Skin Food before lathering. I only began using a facial scrub about 1.5 years ago and I find it does a good job for me. I was using Nivea but switched to Gillette's facial scrub which works just as well but is about half the price of Nivea.

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Post by Squire » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:17 pm

Fractal I don't use them because they don't improve my shave. I suspect more than a few of these items are me too products designed to compete with the competitor's latest creations.
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Post by BeatlesFan » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:36 am

It seems like more and more of the shaving lines are offering some type of facial scrub. If we effectively "exfoliate" with a razor blade every one or two days, do we really need to use a facial scrub?
No. You do NOT need to use an exfoliant. Some men like an exfoliating pre-shave wash, but it is by no means a necessary prerequisite for a good shave.

Like Squire, I don't use an exfoliant, because I found that it it does not improve my shave. In fact, for me, it's a bad idea.

However, as I say, some gents swear by it. It's another one of these "vive la difference" deals that are so common when discussing shaving.

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Post by jww » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:48 am

If I go several days without shaving, and have been outdoors a lot (skiing, beaching, etc.,) I will often exfoliate a day or two before I plan my next shave. But it's certainly not a daily thing at all for me.
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Post by ScottB » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:46 pm

jww wrote:If I go several days without shaving, and have been outdoors a lot (skiing, beaching, etc.,) I will often exfoliate a day or two before I plan my next shave. But it's certainly not a daily thing at all for me.
Same here. On days that I do not shave I (gently) use a facial Buf-Puf in the shower rather than a scrub.

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Post by gsgo » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:50 am

Depending on your skin and beard characteristics a facial scrub can be useful but as you can see from the responses this has some variability involved. I find the need to use a scrub at least once or twice a week to support by morning and evening routines. My shaves usually do improve along with preventing any ingrowns along my neck and jawline. As with most things we do, moderation is the key, the best thing is to try it for yourself, monitor your results and then form your own opinion. There are some great products out there to try from mild to aggressive just keep things in perspective.
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