How to avoid razor bumps and burns when shaving

How to avoid razor bumps and burns when shaving

Everyone likes the look and feel of a cleaner, closer shave, but who likes the neck-acne look and the razor rash feel?  If you want a close shave but want to avoid razor bumps and burns, follow these five rules.

Facial hair: the wetter the better. Wet facial hair is weaker and easier to cut. Wet your whiskers before applying shaving cream, and use warm water.  Dry-face shaving is the leading cause of razor bumps and burns. Before applying shaving cream, shower or apply a wet towel to the shaving surface for two minutes.

Lubricants? Yes. Foam? No. Shaving cream containing lubricant or moisturizer will create a rich lather, instead of foaming up like cheaper drugstore brands. Lubricant will allow your razor to glide smoothly across your face and lock moisture into facial hair, keeping your hairs softer and easier to cut. For better results, apply your shaving cream with a shaving brush to help create a creamier lather and to raise facial hair, achieving a closer cut. Brush in a circular motion and finish with an upward stroke to help lift hair away from your face.

No face likes a dull blade. While shaving, razors remove facial hair, but they also scrape off layers of surface skin. A quality, sharp razor is less traumatic to your skin and will reduce red rashes, bumps and burns. Replace your blade every three to ten shaves, depending on the toughness of your facial hair. After shaving, rinse your razor but don’t wipe it with a towel – this will further dull your blade.

Using a Razor 101. Rinse your razor under hot water before shaving and after every few swipes to remove excess shaving cream, facial hair and skin. Hot water serves as a lubricant. To avoid irritation, it’s important to shave in the direction of hair growth, not against it, and don’t press hard when swiping. Shaving twice will help you get a closer shave, but make sure you apply more lather and don’t over-shave.

Cleanse and soothe after shaving. Rinse your face with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. To protect and heal your skin, cleanse with a facial wash high in tea oil and witch hazel. Next, apply a good quality aftershave lotion to moisturize and soothe your skin. Be sure to use a designed-for-men moisturizer, which aren’t not as oily (men have oilier skin due to larger sebaceous glands).

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