Razor burn is unpleasant and can sometimes be painful. However, there are ways to avoid and alleviate it. Begin by keeping in mind that shaving after a hot shower is definitely the best way to go, because your skin is retaining huge amounts of moisture that help you shave smoothly and painlessly.
First, you will want to make sure your tool is up to the task. It is best to use a new, sharp razor blade, as a dull blade will not cut properly, and will only irritate and inflame your skin as you shave. Also, using a dull blade runs a higher risk of nicking and cutting, which can be far more irritating than razor burn. Note that good electric razors may cut down on or completely eliminate your shaving problems altogether.
Before shaving, be sure to clean the area to be shaved with a good soap–antibacterial soaps are the best for this task. This will ensure that you have gotten rid of all the oils, dirt, and bacteria on your skin. The oils on your hair will block water from being absorbed, so use a washcloth when you shower or clean your face to help exfoliate the skin and lift the hair.
After cleaning, if you are shaving a particularly rough beard, you may want to use a hair conditioner. This will help soften even the tougher hair common in beards. Leave the conditioner on the area to be shaved for a few minutes, or slightly longer if you think it necessary. Then, rinse it away with warm or hot water.
Select a good shaving gel or cream and apply it with your finger tips, waiting a couple of minutes in order to allow it to foam up and work properly.
While shaving, always uses slow, short strokes that are approximately an inch. Rinse the blade under hot water each time before continuing. This ensures that your blade will remain clear and sharp. With this method, the blade will be cutting hair the first time, each time you make a stroke. Remember not to apply too much pressure! Apply only as much as is needed to get the job done.
If you want a closer shave, do not go against the grain, but diagonally with the hair’s growth. Once you’re finished, rinse off the remaining shaving gel with cool or cold water.
To help your skin heal faster, you will also want to find a good aftershave. Anti-bacterial sprays are the best because they will protect your face as well as quell irritation, although you shouldn’t have much if any if you follow these tips. It is also worth mentioning that for some people, each time you shave a certain area, that area may become number to the experience, which means you will notice less razor burn as you shave more often.
There are also special creams and lotions that are specifically made to prevent or soothe razor burn. These often help if you are pressed for time or are finding shaving particularly difficult, so you may want to try and find one that is good for you. Aloe is often used to relieve irritated skin and will alleviate the problem.
By following these tips and keeping good care of your skin and shaving tools, you need never worry about razor burn again.By following