If you have ever had razor burn before, you know it means a few days of itchy skin that can make your pits or legs (or face if you’re a guy) feel as if they’re on fire. And, if you’re like me, it’s unfortunate that we both have really sensitive skin. Still, you can get razor burn whether or not you have sensitive skin, so I’ve written a few steps to take as a precaution when it comes to getting a clean shave without turning your skin into red itchy bumps of agony.
Use a Decent Razor: Normally I’m fond of getting the cheap, generic brands of pretty much anything. But when it comes to shaving, that’s a different story. Make sure to pick up a decent razor when shaving, especially those who have sensitive skin. Sometimes it’s worth forking up a few more bucks for one of those more expensive razors, most of which are made specifically to prevent your skin from getting irritated when and after shaving. Never use an old or rusty razor.
Shave at the Best Time: The best time to shave is in or right after the shower. This is when the steam of the water will go into your pores and soften the skin and hair.
Use Something to Wash and Exfoliate: When you’re in the shower, be sure to wash off dirt and grease from your hair and skin. You can use a loofah or a wash cloth to help remove dirt and dead skin sells, this will also help to fight against and remove ingrown hairs. Soap is fine, but using an actual body scrub is probably the best for dead skin cells.
Lather: Be sure that you use something to protect your skin when shaving. Some people just use soap, others prefer shaving cream. It’s probably best to ditch the soap (this can really dry your skin out) and use either the cream, or a product that some people swear by: shaving oil. Just as long as you have something to use, you should be in the clear, other wise you’ll be in a for a few days of skin that feels like it’s on fire.
Lotions: A good thing to keep in mind is to put on lotion after you’re done shaving. This will moisturize the area and soothe the skin itself. I’ve always found using lotion after shaving is a great aid against razor burn.