One of the biggest drawbacks of a clean shave is razor burn. The irritating red rash is caused by an inflammatory reaction when hair that has previously been shaved tries to re-emerge from the skin, but instead, becomes trapped and curls back in on itself. The trapped hairs create inflamed, red bumps, which can then be further aggravated the next time you shave.
But this doesn’t mean you have to dread the razor every morning. Simply by taking a few extra steps you can ensure a clean, healthy shave, with zero irritation.
Embrace your shower
Before shaving always have a hot shower, as the warm water will help soften both your hair and skin which will help reduce the friction between your razor blade and hair.
Take note of your skincare
One of the worst things you can do before shaving is apply anything with alcohol in it. Astringent toners or cleansing products can aggravate the skin, causing it to become red and dry before you even begin to shave.
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Don’t forget to lather up
If you’re feeling too lazy to lather up, you’re probably better not shaving at all. A dry shave will drag the blade across the skin, increasing the likelihood for ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and irritation. The best thing you can do to stop this is to massage shaving cream into your face and neck in a circular motion and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes before going in with your razor.
Go with the flow
While shaving against the grain may give you a closer shave, it will also increase your chances of getting razor burn. It’s important to remember that your hair can grow in different directions, so you should always use a mirror to ensure you’re shaving in the right direction.
Replace your razor frequently
If you feel any tugging while shaving, ditch your razor and swap it for a new one. For best results, double-edge blades and cartridges should be swapped out every 3-5 shaves or when the blade begins to feel dull.
Finish with a moisturiser
After shaving, it’s important to apply a moisturiser or post shave balm like Percy Nobleman’s Recovery Balm, which contains cardiospermum, a soothing natural active that regenerates damaged skin barriers, relieves itch and has anti-inflammatory properties.
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