Guys, as you know, razor burn is no joke. Once that mother of all burning ailments smites your chops it’s a helluva palaver to quell…to cure…hec…to even just alleviate.
Bottom line…you don’t want none of that wild fire spreading out over your face or neck, and the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ must be your goal. So here’s a quick read that we hope will enlighten you on how to avoid getting lit up…
Tip # 1: Take Time to Soften Your Beard
Gentlemen, there’s a whole bunch of science out there that supports softening the stubble before shaving and how that will reduce the risk of razor burn. In addition to heat as a form of softening that fuzz, there’s a smart trick we recently learnt about and that’s to apply your hair conditioner to your face and leave it on for the duration of your shower.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised how tender the furs become and how effortlessly that double edge makes mincemeat of your overnight stubble.
Tip # 2: The Magic Razor Burn Alleviating Properties of a Shaving Brush
There are lesser known benefits (including alleviating a shaving rash) to using a quality shaving brush and specific technique, that once understood, can be harnessed to prevent the burn.
Firstly, a great badger shaving brush will be robust enough to ensure that as you apply that thick lather, the stubble on your face is lifted, ever so slightly, allowing your double edged blade a victorious route of passage with the obvious benefit of reducing the risk of razor burn.
Secondly, and we must stress a good quality shaving brush is able to produce that much needed lubrication at the skin-hair shaft interface. It’s a circular, almost abrasive prodding action that will impregnate the lather deep enough along the hair shaft to facilitate the closest of shaves minus the scraping of the skin.
Thirdly, and perhaps not so commonly known, the act of applying the shaving lather, doubles as an exfoliant which (see tip # 4) is simply brilliant at reducing the risk of nicks, cuts and burns.
Tip# 3: Whether Transitioning From Cartridges or Just Starting Out, Take Your Time to Figure Things Out
This tip, at its core, is about understanding that the way you shave – the actual technique – plays an important role in accruing nicks, cuts and the dreaded razor burn.
Now we know you love (we do too) quick user-friendly tips that can bring results instantly, but we have to draw your attention to the fact that, at first, wet shaving (like all new skills), has its own inherent learning curve. The beauty of the matter is learning to wet shave is a real trip. You don’t have to master wet shaving from the start, just be mindful of the process and bring attention to the role all variables might play.
Variables include the size, shape and design of your safety razor, the quality of your lather and shaving brush, the condition of your double edged blade and of course the level of skill.
Tip# 4: Here’s A Quick User-Friendly Tip That Will Bring Instantaneous Results: Exfoliate
No guys, it’s not just for the girls. Have a look at any men’s custom brand name range of skin care products and you’ll find an exfoliator (the rough abrasive bits), that will transform the quality of your skin by removing dead skin and the metropolitan grime for good. This ultimately puts the skin in a condition that favors a really close double edged blade and less razor burn.
Okay, so we’ve covered four tips, but if you read closer (tips two and three) there’s a bunch of information you can implement today to help you against that troublesome skin rash. We didn’t mention it, but remember if you are currently struggling with a rash consult a professional dermatologist because these areas of skin often become infected. You can also alleviate things by implementing our suggestions.
We sincerely hope no skin rash, or worse will stop you from exploring this amazing craft. If you’ve got some clever morsels of shaving rash related advice – you know the drill, drop us a line and enlighten us all.
Wishing all our readers a fruitful and rash-free wet shaving journey!