This is where we share the latest tips and trends in male grooming. We post about grooming tips, dealing with problem skin conditions and ways to achieve the latest styles.

Shaving nightmares

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 (skins own natural defence).

When the skin’s lipid barrier is compromised, there is an increase in moisture loss, which leads to dry, scaly, cracked, sensitised 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.

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 customised shaving regimen to minimise nicks, cuts, redness and irritation while protecting skin from dryness and skin-aging UV light.


  • Never shave against the hair growth.
  • Double shave, gliding the blade in the same direction as hair growth.
  • "Less is best" a single good quality razor blade is more effective than multiple blade razor. Fewer blades, less damage.
  • Use soap free mediums to shave.
  • Unfortunately most gels and foams contain soap.
  • Soap will strip the skin of its own natural defence.
  • Oil is by far the best medium, however this may take practice to master.
  • Apply moisturiser with at least SPF30 365 days of the year, to moisturise and protect.



At the beginning of the year I broke my pelvis in a cycling accident. Once my injuries had fully healed I booked an appointment to see Ultimate Male Grooming to complete my rehabilitation. My back was weak and painful but after 4 intensive sessions with Diane, I genuinely feel so much better and am now well on the road to a full recovery. She is smart, knows her subject and delivers a very good product (no hands massage). Thank you Diane for all your help over the last month… I am now pain free! - Craig, Farnham
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