Tips to Reduce Razor Burn After Shaving
Want a smooth shaving experience? Follow my simple tips and tricks to minimise razor burn after shaving.
If shaving is your preferred method of hair removal, you must be familiar with those oh-so-uncomfortable little red bumps that pop up and refuse to go away. While many of us consider these bumps inevitable, that is not really the case. Armed with the right tips and a little prep, you can reduce razor burn and even avoid it altogether. But what causes razor burn? Shaving any area of your body removes the top layer of skin, which can lead to micro-injuries. After shaving, the hair may also coil and bend inward. As the new skin grows over the micro-injury, this trapped hair can cause an angry bump. This leads to irritation, burning, redness, and dryness—AKA razor burn.
Here are my top tips and tricks that can help you avoid getting the dreaded razor burn:
Take a warm shower to soften the hair
We all know how relaxing warm, steamy showers are. But they can also soften your hair before shaving, thus making your shaving experience pain-free and smooth. Spend around 10 minutes in warm water before shaving to soften the skin’s outer layer, making it easier to remove hair and lowering the chance of razor burn. If that is not possible, I recommend, at the very least, wetting the hair in the area with warm water for a few minutes to minimise discomfort and the micro-cuts caused by shaving.
Are you guilty of skipping exfoliation before shaving? You must not! It is an essential step in a shaving routine. You must properly exfoliate the area after softening your hair and skin in the shower. Ingrown hairs develop when dead skin cells clog the hair follicles and trap the hair under the skin. Exfoliating first will help ensure that the hair follicle is in the best condition for hair removal and will also help promote normal growth after shaving. Opt for a gentle physical scrub or mild chemical exfoliator to avoid skin damage. Steer clear of harsh and abrasive physical exfoliators.
Invest in a good-quality razor
When it comes to avoiding razor burn, the quality of your razor matters a lot. Choosing the right razor is the first step to getting a smooth, bump-free shave. I recommend a multi-blade razor as more blades create more pressure, which allows each blade to cut with less force but more effectiveness. A razor with calming strips that is firm and durable can also make a significant difference. Do you want to know how often you should change your razor? I advise using a new blade each time you shave your bikini area, but generally speaking, you should switch blades as soon as it becomes difficult to shave or your hair starts getting caught.
Don’t avoid shaving cream
My advice to all the dry-shavers out there is to never shave without a good shaving cream. Before shaving, apply shaving cream to the skin and let it sit for a few minutes to soften the hair. The combination of soft skin and hair will reduce friction between your skin and the razor, thus reducing razor burn. And replacing shaving cream with a bar of soap is not a smart decision either. A bar of soap will not function quite the same way as shaving cream. Unlike shaving cream, which has soothing and softening properties, soaps are surfactants meant to wash away grime and debris. Opt for a good-quality shaving gel with hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.
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