Skin food is a skin care product specially formulated to be light and non-greasy. These glycerine based balms are designed to protect the skin before, during and after shaving as well as daily moisturising.
The most famous range of skin foods is the Geo. F. Trumper of London, England range. They produce three distinct fragrances of skin food: Extract of West Indian Limes, Sandalwood and Coral (rose).
Skin food preparations typically contain many of the following substances:
Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum), Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Coumarin.
The top layers of dead skin are removed during the shaving process leaving a ‘new’ skin layer exposed to the elements. Skin food protects this layer by forming a ‘seal’ or ‘barrier’ over it without blocking the pores or drying the skin.
Usually the skin food is applied after the shave as an after shave balm, but it can also be applied beforehand, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Applied before shaving it will protect the skin and help the razor glide more easily.
Some wet shavers add a few drops of skin food into their shaving lather, this delivers additional lubrication and razor glide.
Others use Skin Food instead of shaving lather on the third and final razor pass.
Skin food really is one of the most versatile shaving products available today. It is also recommended for soothing skin after waxing. You can view of complete selection of skin foods by clicking here.