Shaving is an important part of many people’s routines but even though it’s quite common, it can also cause a lot of discomfort in the form of razor burn.
Razor burn occurs when the skin gets irritated when shaving, which isn’t surprising, given the fact that you’re essentially taking a sharp blade and running it over the surface! It makes the skin feel dry, sore, and itchy, and in addition to being painful, it’s also very frustrating, particularly if you shave often. Fortunately, you can do a few things to prevent razor burn, and we’ve got all the details for you!
Here are our 6 top tips for preventing razor burn:
1. Prep your skin before shaving
Before you start shaving, take some time to prep the skin, as this will help protect it from the blade and reduce the risk of razor burn. Shaving in or after a shower is the ideal time, as the hair and skin will be softer, and use a gentle exfoliant, not a harsh scrub, to remove dead skin cells which can potentially clog the razor, and in turn, stop it from moving smoothly across the skin.
2. Choose the right razor
If you’re using a dull razor or one that’s not meant for your skin type, you’re more likely to experience razor burn, so always make sure your razor is sharp before you start and change blades (or use a new disposable razor) after every 5-7 shaves. If you have sensitive skin, look for a razor with fewer blades, and if your hair is thick and coarse, use one with more.
3. Use shaving cream or gel
Shaving cream, or gel, helps protect your skin from the razor, providing a layer of lubrication that can prevent nicks and cuts. When applying the product, be sure to use a generous amount and spread it evenly over any area of skin that’s going to be touched by the razor. If you have sensitive skin, opt for one that’s fragrance-free to further reduce the risk of irritation.
4. Shave in the direction of hair growth
When you’re ready to start shaving, always go in the same direction as the hair grows, using light, short strokes. Avoid going over the same area multiple times and be sure to rinse your razor after every couple of strokes to remove a build-up of hair or cream that could clog the blades.
5. Care for your skin after shaving
After you’ve finished shaving, there are several steps you can take to soothe the skin. While some people like to apply a cool compress directly after shaving, whether you do or don’t, you must always use a moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer that’s designed for your skin type, making sure it’s free from fragrance if sensitivity is an issue, and apply it liberally to the area that you’ve shaved. Some experts also recommend opting for a moisturizer that helps repair the skin barrier and prevent loss of moisture.
6. Avoid tight clothing
Tight clothing that rubs your skin can irritate and make razor burn worse. If the area of your body that you’ve removed hair from is typically covered by clothing, directly after you’ve shaved opt for loose-fitting, breathable items made from natural fabrics like cotton.
As you’ve seen, even if you’re an individual who typically experiences razor burn, you can take steps to prevent it from ruining your shaving experience. By following the tips in this blog post, you’ll enjoy smooth skin that looks and feels great after every shave! Thanks for reading!