Razor burn is caused by shaving improperly (yep, there’s an optimal way to shave) and results in anything from a bit of sensitivity to a mild rash to painful bumps.
Since prevention is always better than the cure, here are five ways to shave like a boss b and discourage razor burn.
Start With A Clean Razor (And Skin). Obviously, don’t shave with a rusty razor. And certainly start with clean skin. Above that, though, you shouldn’t keep your razor in the shower; the humidity breeds rust and questionable bacteria. You should try to replace your razor as often as possible, ensuring that it glides across your skin evenly. Also, keeping your razor clean helps to make it last longer. Just rinse it with hot water after every shave.
Shave WITH The Grain. My entire life, I thought I was supposed to shave in the opposite direction of hair growth. I don’t know who started this rumor, but it just makes the most sense, doesn’t it? Well, in order to prevent razor burn, you’re going to have to suppress your instincts and shave with the grain. Even though it will help you achieve the closest shave, shaving against the grain causes irritation.
Use A Shaving Gel. While it’s easy to reach for the nearest bar of soap or just shave with plain water like you don’t have a care in the world, it’s not advisable. Using a moisturizing shaving gel/foam (or even shaving oil) is the way to go. Not only does it feel better, it really does help prevent razor burn. The best kind of shaving gel is the men’s kind that starts out as a simple gel and foams and foams the more you rub it in. Man, I love that stuff.
Avoid Shaving Too Efficiently. The temptation to shave and shave and shave over an area is sometimes overwhelming. As with shaving against the grain, it just seems more efficient. Shaving over a specific area more than twice is a no-no. Try to keep the strokes to a minimum, which should be easy enough to accomplish if your razor is sharp. You should also avoid pressing the razor too hard into your skin. Be efficient, but not too efficient, you know?
Use Hot And Cold Water. Shower with warm water before shaving to soften your leg hair. Then, once you’re done, rinse the shaved area with cold water to prevent razor burn. The cold water ensures that your skin is nice and tight and prevents any ingrown hairs from forming. It also rules out any bumps that are caused by heat.