What Are Razor Burns?
Immediately after shaving, your skin is free of any unwanted hair, smooth, and it simple looks perfect. And everything went so quick. You feel really good about yourself.
That whole experience lasts for about a couple of hours. Then, the itching comes in. You’ve irritated yourself.
More precisely, that’s a razor burn and if you’ve ended up reading this post, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Men are usually the persons that end up suffering from them.
But women are no strangers to irritations appeared after shaving, either.
Especially when it comes to those parts of the body that are more sensitive than the legs, like the underarms and the bikini line.
Fortunately, there’s a solution. I’m going to tell you how you can prevent razor burns.
Step 1: Exfoliate and Use Warm Water Before and During Shaving
It’s not only good for preventing ingrown hairs but it turns out that it could prevent razor burns, too.
Warm water does wonders, too. It softens the hairs and the blade glides effortlessly on the skin. That’s why, for women, it’s best to shave in the shower.
Stay under the warm water for about 3 minutes and only after that start shaving, while the water keeps running.
Let the warm water and the steam work their magic in opening the pores and preventing them from getting clogged.
Step 2: Don’t Use a Dull Blade
Choosing a really good shaving razor is crucial.
You want it to be good enough so that it offers a close shave, while gliding smoothly on the skin.
If it’s good and the blade is not dull, then you won’t feel the need to push it too hard against the skin. You’ve guessed it, that also contributes to the learning curve on how to prevent razor burns.
If you’re using disposable razors then you can afford to change it more often. Don’t hold on to it for too long.
If you are using a safety razor, then change the blade more often. Don’t forget about it.
If you’re using a razor that works with refills, then you should change the refill more often. I know that refills are a little bit expensive but it’s totally worth it.
Step 3: Shave With the Grain
On your legs, you can shave against the grain, meaning against the direction in which the hairs are growing. Usually, the skin on the legs is not that sensitive as it is on the face, underarms or bikini line.
I’ve done it for years and it was perfectly fine. No irritation appeared, not one time.
However, if you want to prevent razor burns from appearing on those sensitive areas of the body, it’s best to shave with the grain. It makes all the difference.
Step 4: Rinse With Cold Water
Basically, the rule is: warm water before and during shaving and cold water after. Cold water closes the pores rapidly.
Other Remedies Include
- Use a shaving gel, not soap, not shaving cream, because shaving gel doesn’t clog the pores, this also being an essential shaving tip.
- Use an after shave balm, free of alcohol is best.
- Apply aloe vera or an aloe vera gel on the shaved area, leave it on for max 10 minutes and then rinse it with cool water.
- Make an oatmeal mask by mixing oatmeal with a little bit of milk and then leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, rinsing it with warm water after.
- Black tea bags rubbed for 2-3 minutes on the affected area should make wonders on making the burns go away.
What’s your method for making sure that razor burns are strangers from your beautiful skin?