We’ve all been there: a clean-shaven face
covered in red splotches and cuts. We promote shaving in all its luxurious glory, but it’s easy to end up with irritated
skin if you don’t correctly execute the shave. So if you’re truly in pursuit of a satisfying wet shave, set aside some
time, slow down, and read the following tips. Trust us – learning the essentials of how to prevent razor burn will
elevate the entire shaving experience. Why am I getting razor burn?
There are several factors that can
lead to razor burn:
So how do I fix all of the above? Not prepping for your shave correctly /
- Not prepping for your shave correctly
- Using the wrong razor or a dull razor
- Using the wrong shaving cream
- Not shaving correctly
- Not adequately moisturizing after the shave
Sorry gentlemen, but a quick dry shave just won’t cut it. Dragging a razor across dry skin creates far
more tug than doing so on wet skin, so make sure your facial hair is nice and wet. One of the best times to shave is
right after the shower, when your pores are open and your facial hair is plumped with moisture. Wet facial hair is
weaker and thus easier to slice off. Although it may be tempting to apply shaving cream to a dry face to save time,
don’t – it is one of the leading causes of razor burn. No time to shower? Do as barbers do and warm up a wet towel.
Place it on your face and let it steam your skin for a few minutes. Then proceed with the shaving cream and razor.
Using the wrong razor or a dull razor /
Since a dull blade is not as smooth as a sharp blade,
it causes more friction and skin trauma when dragged across your face. This means more razor burn and rash. If you use a
razor with disposable heads, change the head every three to ten shaves for optimal sharpness, depending on the thickness
of your facial hair. But if you really want to minimize irritation, we highly recommend switching to a straight razor or safety razor
. Why? Razors with
multiple blades have a particular caveat: after that first blade hits your skin, most (if not all) of the shaving cream
will have already been scraped off. By the time the second and third (and fourth, etc.) blades hit your skin, you’re
essentially dry shaving, which leaves your skin at its most vulnerable. In contrast, a single blade gives you a clean
cut. Using the wrong shaving cream /
First thing’s first: if you currently use a foaming
shaving cream, stop. When shaving, you want a nice, rich lather that forms a moisturizing barrier between you and the
blade, and foam is simply too porous to do that. Shaving cream
provides excellent slip so your blade glides easily
across your skin while still enabling a close cut. A quality shaving cream will also moisturize your whiskers and leave
them standing upright and ready to cut. A shaving brush is a wet shaver's best friend
A shaving brush lifts the
hair and keeps it lifted for a closer cut, and it helps create a creamy lather so the shaving cream stays close to the
skin. A shaving brush also gently exfoliates skin to reduce irritation during the shave. Not shaving
As with any art, technique is essential. While you may be tempted to go against the
grain for a closer cut, doing so is the number one cause of razor burn, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs. Our
Not adequately moisturizing after the shave /
- Start shaving the sides, then the moustache, and finally the chin, where hair is thickest. By the time you get
to your chin, the shaving cream should have thoroughly softened up your chin hair.
- Rinse your blade after every stroke to clear it of whiskers, oil, shaving cream, and the general gunk that can
get in the way of the blade making a clean shave.
- Don’t do too much reshaving. But if you do, lather up the areas you want to shave again to ensure more
protection for your skin.
- Shave with short, light strokes to avoid applying too much pressure. The weight of the razor is sufficient to
cut your hair.
- Clean the blade with alcohol after you shave. Not disinfecting the blade can cause razor burn and skin
irritation because you’re shaving with bacteria left on there from the previous shave.
Your skin will be quite unhappy after you’ve
dragged a sharp piece of metal across it, so you must restore moisture balance. While aftershave with witch hazel and
tea tree oil works great as an antiseptic, for some men it will just add to the irritation. If you find aftershave
irritating, apply an aftershave balm (like Castle Forbes Essential Oil
) or cream (like Piccadilly Shaving
Co. Sandalwood Aftershave Cream
), which has a thicker consistency than plain ol’ aftershave. Many of these balms
and creams also work as non-oily moisturizers that won’t leave a shiny residue. Look for ingredients like aloe vera and
menthol to cool while reducing redness. Any product suggestions?
Of course! Check out our picks for
minimizing razor burn and irritation below...
SHOP: 1. Proraso Shaving Cream, Menthol
and Eucalyptus, 2. Dovo Best
Quality, Half Hollow Carbon Steel, 5/8". 3. RoyalShavePB3 Silvertip Badger Hair Brush,
4. Speick After Shave Lotion, 5. Merkur 34C HD Chrome Plated
Safety Razor, 6. Piccadilly
Shaving Co. Sandalwood Aftershave Cream.