Shaving for Men- 5 Tips to Prevent Razor Burns
Date Posted:3 June 2019
Shaving with razor is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to remove facial hair.
One of the disadvantages of shaving with razor is the risk of getting razor burns.
The razor burns are not just a concern of cosmetic beauty but can also be source of skin irritation, pain and discomfort.
Skin rash, redness, swelling, itchiness, burning sensation, small red bumps etc, are few signs and symptoms of razor burns.
Though shaving is a good form of exfoliating or sloughing off dead skin cells but overdoing can cause redness, razor bumps and expose tender skin.
Hot water shower
Shaving after shower is the key to smooth, close shave. The warm water softens both hair and skin. This will allow smooth gliding of the shaving razor, cutting off the scruff while preventing the burns.
Massage shaving cream into your face and neck in a circular motion and let it sit for one to two minutes. Get a shaving brush and apply cream evenly on the hair as dry shave drags the blade across the skin, thus increasing the ingrown hair, razor bumps, and irritation.
While shaving if you feel any kind of tugging, immediately ditch the razor and get a new one. The old blades can cause tiny tears in the skin which can be uncomfortable and result in pain. So, keep a note on when to change blades and razor for a smooth, comfortable shave.
Go with the grain
It is often said that shaving against the grain can give you a closer shave but can also result in skin irritation. So, it is important to shave in the direction in which the hair grows.
Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. So, it is important to use good quality moisturiser to soothe your skin after shaving. The best aftershave moisturisers not only replace lost moisture and soothe the skin.
How to treat the razor burns, if any occurs?
Razor burns are quite annoying. However, they resolve over time, here are a few suggestions to treat naturally.
- Avoid shaving or touching the skin
- Place a cool compress on affected area to reduce itching
- Apply natural astringent liquid such as tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar etc.
Integrate these tips in your shaving routine and prevent the razor burns while getting a smooth, close shave.