Ready to say goodbye to razor burn? Use these tips to help reduce skin irritation after shaving.
Prevent ingrown hairs before they start
- Don't shave too fast.
- Shave with the grain, not against it.
- Leave shaving cream on for at least two minutes before starting to shave. Shaving cream is designed to moisten and soften your skin and facial hair.
- Use short strokes. Think short stroke, short stroke, rinse. Repeat this method throughout your shaving time. Be sure to keep your blade clean!
- Ease up on the lather. You never want to lather up your face too much because it can prevent the blade from getting close to the skin.
- Adjust your blade. You may have very sensitive skin—and a triple- or quadruple-blade is too strong for your face. Use a single blade, or try using an electric razor if you find that your skin is irritated after each shave.
- Use alcohol-free products. Alcohol will irritate your skin after shaving, so be sure to use alcohol-free shaving cream, aftershaves, toners and moisturizers.
- After shaving, place your razor back in its case and let it air-dry. Don't use a towel to dry your razor, as it will dull the blade. And don't leave it in a pool of its own water. This can cause your blade to rust.
- Replace your blade regularly. If your beard is not thick, replace your blade every two to three shaves. If your beard is very thick, you may need to replace the blade daily.
Published on November 19, 2009