Why You Should Use Algae on Your Face

A background on algae

The slimy stuff you usually see making streams look murky is actually highly beneficial for your skin. Algae have been used for many years as the basis of healthy foods like Kombucha and sushi (seaweed is a type of algae), boosting healthy bacteria. Algae are also used to thicken foods and skincare products so they don’t become runny. But in recent years, algae have come into the spotlight as a potent skincare ingredient: the green gunk is rich in minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids.

There are 2 types of algae:

Microalgae – Tiny, single-celled creatures

Macroalgae – Multi-cellular organisms like seaweed and kelp

Within these two categories, over 20,000 species of algae exist. The main ones you should know about are brown algae, green microalgae, and red algae.

Why should I rub pond organisms on my face?

Algae are natural moisturizers that enhance skin barrier function. These plant organisms hydrate skin and then lock in the moisture. Algae condition the skin after a shave, when your skin is thirsting for replenishment.

Who should be using algae in skincare products?

Algae are beneficial for everyone – and are skin savers for wet shavers. Brimming with vitamins and minerals, algae is a natural antioxidant, emollient, and soothing agent. Apply a product with algae before your shave for stronger skin more resistant to irritation and cuts, and after your shave for instant skin barrier repair.

Red algae (including carrageenan and Irish moss)

If you have acne, red algae have antimicrobial properties, reducing inflammation without the drying properties of over the counter drugs. Red algae also absorb UVA rays, acting like natural sunscreen.

Brown algae

Out in the sun all the time? Brown algae combat free radical oxidation.

Mature skin can also benefit from brown algae, which improve the appearance of aging skin.

Green micro-algae

Full of phytochemicals, green micro-algae combat free radicals and inflammation while regulating melanin production. If you have an old scar from acne or a razor nick, this type of algae will improve skin tone and fade the scar gradually.

Our product recommendations:

Baxter of California Vitamin Cleansing Bar

This bar soap is far from drying. Aloe vera, glycerin, and seaweed (brown algae) nourish skin, while vitamins E and A neutralize free radicals for protection from the elements and pollution.

SHOP: Baxter of California Vitamin Cleansing Bar

The Art of Shaving After-Shave Gel

Carrageenan boosts the moisture quotient in this lightweight gel aftershave. Calendula extract contains anti-inflammatory linoleic acid, which heals a wide variety of skin conditions, from acne to eczema. Add this aftershave to your post-shave routine if you have oily or normal skin.

SHOP: The Art of Shaving After-Shave Gel

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Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Protect your skin after a morning shave with Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Blue algae keeps skin supple while reducing inflammation, and sea parsley contains vitamins A and C to encourage collagen production (and thereby skin healing).

SHOP: Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Enter our Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

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Love is in the air, and we’re here to help you look debonair on the 14th and beyond with our Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Make your day extra special with these exquisite wet shaving products from The Art of Shaving, RoyalShave, D.R. Harris & Co., and more!

Submit your entry by 11:59 PM PST on February 13th, 2017.

DETAILS:

WE WILL BE CHOOSING 2 WINNERS! YOU CAN ENTER ON BOTH FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT.

PRIZES:

Each prize package includes a carefully curated selection of wet shaving favorites, worth over $200!

Products in each prize package differ slightly*, but here’s an idea:

  • The Art of Shaving After Shave Balm
  • The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream
  • D.R. Harris & Co. Arlington Bath Soap
  • V76 Clean Shave Gel Cream
  • RoyalShave Chrome Shaving Brush Stand
  • RoyalShave PB2 Best Badger Shaving Brush
  • RoyalShave Special Edition Origami Shaving Mug
  • RoyalShave Alum Pen
  • Hairgum Moustache Wax
  • Hairgum Shaving Soap
  • Tons of samples!

HOW TO ENTER:

Facebook

  1. Like us on Facebook.
  2. Finish this sentence:

“The most romantic date I’ve ever been on was ___________.” Share a couple details about your date!

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Facebook >

Instagram

  1. Follow us on Instagram.
  2. Post a photo and finish this sentence in the caption:

“The most romantic date I’ve ever been on was ___________.” Share a couple details about your date and tag us @RoyalShave and #RoyalShaveGiveaway.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Instagram >

RULES:

No purchase necessary. You may enter as many times are you’d like on both Facebook and Instagram.

Last day to enter is 11:59 PM PST on February 13th, 2017. The RoyalShave staff will announce winners on February 15th, 2017 via Facebook and Instagram. Limited to residents of the United States of America.

*Prizes may vary slightly from photo.

The RoyalShave Guide to Pre-Shave Treatments

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As with everything in wet shaving, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to pre-shave treatments. Some men can’t live without them, others notice no difference, and some even find their shaves to be better without a pre-shave. The best way to determine if you should be using a pre-shave treatment is to try shaving 1 – 2 weeks with, then 1 – 2 weeks without, then with again. You can also experiment with applying the treatment only before your shave, or applying before each pass.

There are a couple pre-shave options available: pre-shave oil, gel, and cream. Here, we break down the benefits of each option.

Pre-shave oil

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What is it?

A pre-shave oil makes your skin softer and more supple for a shave, which means you won’t experience as much irritation. Oils penetrate the skin better than creams or gels, so they are able to retain water in your skin and keep it strong during a shave. As noted on Badger and blade, “when a blade drags across the well-moisturized skin, the skin ‘gives’ to the blade and will bend or conform significantly to the shape of the blade BEFORE it will be torn or cut by the blade…on the other hand, if the skin is dry…the skin will not give or conform to the blade but will instantly tear.”

Who should use a pre-shave oil?

We recommend pre-shave oils for any man with sensitive skin, as it will protect you from razor burn and razor bumps.

How do I use pre-shave oil?

It must first be noted that a pre-shave oil is not effective without water. This is because the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) absorbs water with ease, but does not keep it in well. Thus, an oily substance – a pre-shave oil – is needed to trap the water in the skin.

To optimize a pre-shave oil’s benefits, apply it in the shower, where the steam will open up pores for deeper penetration. Or apply it right before a hot towel treatment to similar effect. Wait until your skin feels ultra soft, then commence lathering.

What are some good pre-shave oils to try?

Highly absorptive oils include jojoba oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, hempseed oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil. You can simply use a few drops of any of these oils (or a blend) for a pre-shave.

In the realm of commercially prepared oils, St. James of London Pre-Shave Oil has excellent reviews. It contains sunflower oil and jojoba oil to leave your skin feeling smooth as silk.

SHOP: St. James of London Pre-Shave Oil

Pre-shave cream/Gel

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What is it?

Whereas pre-shave oil makes the skin itself softer, thereby preventing nicks and cuts, pre-shave creams and gels create a cushion between your skin and the blade. This cushion allows the blade to slide more easily across the surface. Pre-shave creams and gels simultaneously soften the beard, making your hair more pliable and easy to cut.

Who should use a pre-shave cream or gel?

The best way to determine if a pre-shave cream or gel will make your shave better is to try one out for yourself (see method in first paragraph).

How do I use a pre-shave cream or gel?

Apply to damp skin prior to shaving. We suggest applying the cream or gel right before you start building lather. By the time your lather is ready to go, your skin should be thoroughly lubricated.

If you shower before you shave, apply the pre-shave cream or gel right before you shower.

What are some good pre-shave oils or gels to try?

Proraso Pre-Shave Cream – Green, Refreshing and Toning has been said to not only improve shaves, but also to reduce acne and razor burn. It has the added benefit of refreshing your skin with a minty, tingling sensation as you shave.

If you have reactive skin, The Art of Shaving Ocean Kelp Pre-Shave Gel is highly effective for men with sensitive skin and thick beards. Glycerin coats the skin for enhanced glide, and the alcohol-free formula reduces irritation.

SHOP: Proraso Pre-Shave Cream – Green, Refreshing and Toning and The Art of Shaving Ocean Kelp Pre-Shave Gel

A note on Geo. F. Trumper Skin Food

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If you find yourself short on time or just looking for a multitasking product, Geo. F. Trumper Skin Food makes a good pre-shave and aftershave balm. Its glycerin base protects the skin. You can also place a few drops onto your puck or brush to combat lathering issues with hard-to-lather soaps like Geo. F. Trumper Hard Shaving Soap.

Tip: For a step-by-step guide to producing lather with the Geo. F. Trumper Hard Shaving Soap, see our blog post here.

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Enter the RoyalShave Movember Giveaway 2016!

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It’s that time of year again! Movember is a month dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health, whether you commit to moving more, getting regular health screenings, or just growing out your ‘stache to show your support.

Movember is a cause that has always been near and dear to us.

To celebrate, we’re excited to announce our RoyalShave Movember Giveaway, taking place now through midnight PST on November 21st, 2016!

DETAILS:

THERE ARE 3 CHANCES TO WIN!

THE GIVEAWAY HAS 3 CATEGORIES; YOU CAN ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT IN AS MANY CATEGORIES AS YOU WANT.

Natural – Any natural moustache, beard, or facial hair

Styled – Any styled moustache, beard, or facial hair

Freestyle – No rules! Show us your best creative facial hair. This category is open to everyone: kids, pets, and really anything you can put (faux) facial hair on!

PRIZES:

There is a fabulous prize for each category! Each prize package includes wet shaving favorites, beard supplies, and haircare essentials so you’ll be the picture of a perfect gentleman.

Each prize package is worth over $200! The products in each prize package differ slightly*, but here’s an idea:

  • Truefitt & Hill West Indian Limes Cologne
  • LEA Classic Shaving Cream
  • RoyalShave Ceramic Shaving Bowl
  • Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl
  • RoyalShave Safety Razor and Brush Stand – Polished Chrome
  • RoyalShave Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush
  • The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm
  • The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Gel
  • Abraham’s Handled Wooden Comb
  • V76 by Vaughn Control Balm
  • Rex Wax Beard Oil in Maverick Melange
  • RoyalShave Alum Pen
  • Tons of samples from Truefitt and Hill, Speick, and more!

HOW TO ENTER:

Facebook

  1. Like us on Facebook.
  2. Share a photo of your best facial hair on our Facebook timeline. Include the category you’d like to be considered for.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Facebook >

Instagram

  1. Follow us on Instagram.
  2. Post a photo of your best facial hair and tag us with both @RoyalShave and #RoyalShaveGiveaway. Include the category you’d like to be considered for.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Instagram >

RULES:

No purchase necessary. You may enter as many times as you’d like in as many categories as you’d like on both Facebook and Instagram.

Last day to enter is midnight PST on November 21st, 2016. The RoyalShave staff will select winners and announce the winner in each category on November 23rd, 2016 via Facebook and Instagram. Limited to residents of the United States of America.

*Prizes may vary slightly from photo.

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