It can be speculated that bacteria adherence to the skin and skin health are potentially disrupted during shaving if the proper tools, techniques, and products are not used. Shaving products were developed to increase the glide of the razor against the skin, and to create a physical buffer to injury. We created a shave product that could support the skin's barrier function, provide a physical buffer, and not disrupt the skin microbiome.
"Razor burn" and ingrown hairs can result when the skin is dry. (Dry skin tends to have a different ratio of organisms compared to "healthy" or pliant skin.) Aggressive shaving, shaving dry, or having pre-existing dry skin can increase the potential for "razor burn." When a hair shaft is not properly lubricated or softened, tugging and pulling during shaving can result in the hair tip being cut at an angle. This increases the hairs ability to penetrate back into the skin, resulting in ingrown hairs or "razor bumps."
Our shave butter was formulated with a significant and carefully balanced ratio of plant butters and lightweight emollients to help decrease the friction between the razor and the skin, provide a physical buffer, and to support skin barrier function without being greasy. The formula also utilizes non-ionic and polyglycoside-based surfactants for milder cleansing.