Old school wet shaving always involved the use of a razor and shaving cream. But recently, a trend has been emerging that people are discovering alternatives to pair with the razor. Take for example, shaving oils. And on the front runner of the emerging interest pertaining to the use of shaving oils is tea tree oil shaving.
Tea tree oil comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree which is indigenous to Eastern Australia. Tea tree oil has recently piqued the interest of medical researchers to conduct studies on its medicinal properties. It is said that tea tree oil has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties.
Due to the mentioned medicinal benefits, tea tree oil has been able to convert people who shave to use it instead of the widely used shaving cream to prepare the skin and hair before and after the shaving process.
Of course, tea tree oil has its advantages and disadvantages. If you are interested to use tea tree oil, here are some points you may want to consider:
- Tea tree oil is quite versatile. It can be used before and after the shaving process. Prior to shaving, you could douse your face with water and then apply tea tree oil and start shaving. Afterwards, it can be used as an aftershave. Since it has antiseptic qualities, it will help facilitate the healing of cuts and bumps.
- Tea tree oil deodorizes the skin. It is effective in removing any unwanted odor to the point that using tea tree oil whenever you bathe can remove persistent bad body odor.
- Tea tree oil is natural and organic and not some manufactured chemical in a laboratory.
- For those with sensitive skin, it is advisable to use tea tree oil because it reduces the risk of razor burns, cuts, and bumps. Tea tree oil is milder than most shaving creams which may contain harsh chemicals that tend to agitate the sensitivity of the skin.
- Even pregnant women can use tea tree oil for shaving and not worry if it will seep into the epidermis and affect the health of the unborn child.
- Tea tree oil is great for ingrown hair. Adding a couple of drops on your aftershave moisturizer kills those pesky ingrown hairs that never seem to disappear even after wet shaving.
There are not so many disadvantages in using tea tree oil but here are some points that might be considered to be a downside:
- Tea tree oil has this camphor odor which is kind of strong. Some may not like the scent and be reminded of those pain relieving lotions and creams.
- If you are used to having a well lathered face during shaving, you may need to still use a shaving cream along with the tea tree oil because let’s face it, it still feels like oil on your skin.
- Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed.
- Some people have sensitive that may even be allergic to tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil shaving is an economical and safer alternative to commercial shaving creams and the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. No harm in trying it today and experience a more pleasurable shaving result without the pain.