Have you ever felt itchy or bumpy on your skin after a shave? Perhaps it’s because you didn’t shave correctly. Shaving properly isn’t just about shaving in the direction of hair growth, there are other steps needed before, after and during the shave that will give you smooth, silky skin. Here are some things to avoid while shaving:
Using Alcohol-Based Products
Astringent cleansing products, chemical exfoliants, sunscreen and suntan lotion with alcohol are known to irritate sensitive skin. They can aggravate already dry skin and make your skin flaky and peeling skin. (which no one wants). They can also burn the skin if tiny razor cuts are presents, prolonging the healing by weeks. Instead, opt for gentle products that aim to hydrate and protect.
Don’t even try to touch your razor before wetting the skin! The best time to shave is near the end of a bath or shower. The steam and moisture will soften the hairs, allowing for easier removal. And remember to use a lubricant to ensure a close, smooth shave. If you don’t have shaving gel on hand, coconut oil or olive oil can also be used. (And hair conditioner if you must!) Avoid using soap as it doesn’t allow for a smoother glide compared to shaving gel. The residue can potentially dull razors.
Swimming Immediately After A Shave
Thinking about going to the local pool to show off your newly shaved face or legs? Think again. The chlorine or salt in the water will aggravate freshly shaved skin, irritating and drying out the skin. It’s best to go a night or 12 hours after shaving.
You shouldn’t even think about allowing another person besides you to use the same razor. Bacteria can be transferred to the other person, causing infection. Make sure to warn your roommate or sibling (and hide your razor in a cabinet if you don’t trust them).
Getting A Cheap Razor
High-quality razors will always treat your skin with better care than a cheap disposable one you find at the drugstore in bundles of 3. It is also important to change your blades whenever they’re blunt. The sharper blades allow for a quicker and smoother shave while blunt blades will snag the hair and increase the chance of ingrown hairs and skin irritation. For razor burn-prone skin, triple or quadruple blades are too strong. It is better to use single or double blades instead.
Not Rinsing Your Blade After Every Stroke
While shaving, your razor is collecting shaving cream, hair and possibly even dead skin cells (that’s why you should always exfoliate beforehand). This build-up happens quickly, especially for longer strokes. Every stroke after the first will always be worse and increase your risk of razor burn. So rinse the razor after every stroke to remove all that gunk!
Using Long Strokes
It’s okay to use long strokes for areas where there aren’t many bumps or depressions. But for areas such as the neck which contains many valleys and hills, it’s much easier when using short strokes to properly angle the razor and allows for proper pressure control.
Going Over The Same Spot
If the skin is already irritated, going over the same spot will only worsen the issue. If your skin can’t handle it, let it heal and go for a closer shave another day. It is important to re-lather as it will help reduce friction and irritation if you can handle a second pass. Remember to pull the skin taut so you won’t shave over a bump or fold and cut yourself.
After shaving, it’s best to avoid rubbing the skin. Opt for patting the skin dry with a soft, cotton towel and wearing loose clothing (this includes underwear if you’re shaving down there). Any friction in areas of newly shaved skin can cause irritation, redness and bumps. Apply aloe vera or coconut oil on the skin as a moisturizer, this can also help with razor burns on the affected area to soothe skin. Aftershave creams are also available but glycerin-based moisturizers will work. For extreme razor burns, apply hydrocortisone creams sparingly as they can thin the skin after repeated use. Avoid making these mistakes and see the difference in results! If you have any questions or comments,