Investing a little extra time into your pre and post-shave routine is one of the greatest gifts you can give your skin. Aside from being obscenely relaxing, a hot towel is a fantastic way to help open pores and soften the hair for a close irritation-free shave. Designed with a soft cotton texture, our waffle pique towels come complete with a square relief structure for maximum absorption and soothing heat retention. Coming in handy packs of two we suggest using one to heat the skin pre-shave and one to cool post-shave. Or, if you prefer, you could even keep one dry to help mop up any excess shaving cream- the choice is yours! See below as we explore the benefits of a hot towel shave.
The benefits of a hot towel at the start of your shave preparation:
• Fantastic for opening pores and gentle exfoliation
Essential to a smooth, irritation-free shave, warming the skin is one of the most important steps in your pre-shave ritual. Working to open the skin’s pores, the steam softens hair and leaves the skin soft and smooth ideal for shaving. Becoming easier to remove dead skin, extra oil and dirt as the pores open, a hot towel can also act as a gentle exfoliant ensuring your skin is left fresh and primed for your razor, minimizing the risk of micro-cuts.
• It gives a closer shave
With skin left clean and exfoliated, your razor will be able to achieve a much closer shave overall. With dead skin, excess oils and dirt safely removed from the skin your razor will not only become clogged less frequently, but it also allows the hair to stand up better for shaving. Softened and upright, a sharp blade will make quick work of properly prepped hair for an enviably close shave.
• Reduces the risk of ingrown hairs
One of the most frustrating post-shave skin irritations, ingrown hairs can be painful. Caused by hair trapped underneath the skin, a hot towel pre-shave can help open and clear hair follicles of dead skin, leaving skin in the best condition for hair removal and will also assist in normal hair growth post-shave.
• It’s Relaxing
A true pampering experience, there is no greater delight than a hot-towel shave as you recline in the barber’s chair. Helping you to de-stress, the ritual of a hot-towel is one of the easiest things to incorporate into your at home shave routine for an instant upgrade. Promoting circulation and stimulating the skin, a hot-towel can also result in better hair growth post-shave. It’s a win-win!
The benefits of a cold towel after shaving:
• Ideal for closing the pores and rejuvenating the skin
A refreshing end to any shave, a cold towel can act like an astringent helping to close the pores and temporarily tighten the skin. Leaving you fresh-faced, the cold towel can help reduce puffy-looking skin and is a great way to finish the shave.