When it comes to men’s grooming-shaving is the most common daily activity men consistently perform. There are many pros to shaving. A smooth close shave can make you look and feel good and shaving is also a great way to exfoliate skin. It removes up to two layers of dull, dead skin and promotes fresh new skin growth. Yet many men, especially those with sensitive skin absolutely dread the experience. That is because when one or more components of the shaving process is done incorrectly or skipped it can result in razor burn.
What is razor burn?
Razor burn is an irritating and oftentimes painful rash that can occur after shaving. Mild forms of razor burn can show up as red, itchy rash on the face and neck, while more severe forms of razor burn can cause bumps that look like acne. These bumps are caused when the shorn hairs from shaving curl back into the skin. Your body sees this as a foreign object and produces an inflammatory reaction that results in the bump. These embarrassing bumps can be problematic and difficult to get rid of – making it hard to shave on subsequent days. Anyone can get razor bumps, but those with curly hair are more prone to it.
The 5 Key mistakes that cause razor burn:
Proper Routine To Prevent Razor Burn
Following a proper shave routine, can help lessen and prevent razor burn and razor bumps.
What you do before you pick up the razor is incredibly important so don’t skip the prep!
Make Sure Your Beard is Thoroughly Wet- when facial hair is wet, it is “softer” and easier to cut. Showering before shaving is the ideal way to ensure your beard is properly moistened. If a shower is not possible, rinse your face and then apply a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes. Never shave cold or apply shaving products to a dry face-this is one of the leading causes of razor burn and shaving rash.
Consider using a pre-shave oil. These silicon oils help soften the beard, cut down on friction and protect the skin against razor burn.
How to Shave to reduce the burn
Use a Quality Shaving Cream
. Look for shaving creams that have a high concentration of lubricants and moisturizers. Those that create a rich creamy lather close to the skin are better then those that foam up so that the razor will glide smoothly and effortlessly across your skin. This will allow for less scraping and fewer nicks and irritation on skin.
Use a shave brush to apply shave cream in a circular motion. End in an upward stroke to help life the beard up and away from the face. By raising the hair you can get a closer cut. A brush also creates a creamy lather that gets close to the skin, which helps prevent any razor drag.
Always use a good quality sharp razor blade. And change it often. A dull razor blade is more traumatic to the skin and is one of the contributing factors to razor burn and shaving rash.
Always shave in the direction of beard growth. To do to otherwise can cause ingrown hair and razor burn. For a closer shave, re-lather and shave lightly across or against the grain. Glide the razor gently over your face. Avoid applying pressure, which can cause skin irritation.
Rinse the blade frequently after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin gunk that could interfere with making a clean cut.
After Shave Soothing Care
Clean your face. After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use a soothing facial wash. Rinse with cool water
and pat dry with a clean towel.
Use an Aftershave Moisturizer. Look for one that is an after shave balm and moisturizer in one. It will replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. Many have ingredients that will also cool and refresh the skin.