Modern safety-razor-using gentlemen get baby-bottom smooth skin, sans the look of diaper rash!
The dreaded razor burn; pesky red bumps both painful and unsightly! Good luck catching a date with these suckers stealing the attention from your chiseled manly features.
However, we have some good news for you! Improper shaving technique cause razor burn. Good news is you can take steps to not only heal it, but keep it from happening in the first place. Here are some tips on how to prevent unattractive shave rash, and take back your face.
#1: Clean tools, clean slate, clean results. Always start with a sterile razor and cleansed skin. You’re not going to get that clean shave if you don’t have sanitary tools. Shaving with a dirty old razor is going to spread bacteria. Period.
In order to keep your razor clean and bacteria-free, avoid keeping your razor in the shower. Instead have it reside in a dry place away from potential mold-growing habitats and rust-inducing environments. Rinse your razor with hot water after every use.
#2: Get wet. Spend the extra time necessary to ensure your beard and whiskers are thoroughly saturated with hot water. It cannot be stressed enough how important this step is, and how frequently it is overlooked. Facial hair is extremely absorbent and will soak up more than 30% of its volume! When thoroughly drenched, the hairs become quite weak and pliable and therefore much easier to cut.
By showering right before you shave, or applying a warm moist towel to your face, you can dramatically decrease razor burn and rashes. When you’re done shaving, splash your face with cold water or toner like witch hazel to ensure a tight, refreshed appearance and prevent rashes initiated by heat.
#3: Get Granular. That’s right, shave with the grain. Suppress those instincts to shave against the grain at all costs. Not only does it cause irritation, but it causes ingrown hairs (which in turn cause redness and bumps). This handy tip should minimize the amount of tugging and pulling when you shave.
#4: Use protection. That’s right, you heard it from us. It’s more comfortable when you lubricate! It may seem convenient to just reach for the nearest bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, or even just plain water, but repress the urge!
When shaving with any of these products, you’re losing the layer of defense and hydration that a good shaving soap or shaving cream provides you with. These products prepare the hair follicle and prep the skin for the shave. Plus they make your shaving experience more manly and luxurious. Who doesn’t want that?
#4: Take your time. Anything worth having takes time; close, clean shaves included. When you rush through your shaving ritual, skimping on necessary steps, you are going to see results that mirror that habit. Take your time so that when you go over a spot the first time you do it correctly. This will dramatically reduce the strokes and passes you make.
#5: Exfoliate. Following your shave it is extremely important to mildly exfoliate with either a scrub or a brush. Some of these scrubs can include coffee grounds, sugar scrubs, etc. By exfoliating the area, you are scrubbing away excess layers of skin, dirt, oils, etc. that can clog and infect pores.
Follow these steps and your face will thank you! Happy shaving!