How To Prevent Razor Burn Apr 25, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

 

Unless you’ve committed to the true "au naturel" look, shaving is a regular part of most people's grooming routine. However, when we shave we aren’t just trimming our body hair, we’re removing the top layer of skin as well. Man or woman, if you’re shaving more than once or twice a week, you’re probably removing more skin than necessary. The result can be increased sensitivity and razor burn as you scrape away at sensitive layers of skin. Here are four easy ways to avoid razor burn and still maintain a smooth and dapper appearance.

Use Products for Sensitive Skin

The most obvious solution might be the best solution. Of course, any one can get a nasty razor burn on occassion, but if you’ve noticed your skin is irritated frequently or intensely it may mean that you have sensitive skin. If this is the case, you should be very careful with what products you use on your skin as they could be the culprit behind the irritation. Don't use a cheap disposable razor from the drug store. Also, when you shave, you open up your pores and any creams or products that you’re using will seep right into your pores. If you’re sensitive to any ingredient it can cause inflammation, so make sure you’re using a product designed for sensitive skin. Don't be afraid to try multiple products to find the the right ones.

Buy A Good Razor

Depending on your budget, try and get a good electric razor, or if you prefer disposable blades, spend a little more on some quality equipment. That way you’ll get a closer shave, and you won’t have to shave as often. The result? Less irritation on your skin and less chance of razor burn. If you're getting stick shock at the drug store, try an online razor delivery service that can offer significant discounts if you order multiple refills at set intervals. 

Moisturize

When you shave, you’re basically removing the top layer of your skin. Just like exfoliating, this can be a great thing as long as you’re not doing it too often. If you do shave too often, you’ll be removing the second and the third layer of skin, which can cause a burning sensation and increased irritation. Moisturizing can help soothe the pain, and we recommend coconut oil for its antibacterial properties.

Buy An Epilator

If you’re extremely sensitive or really dislike shaving, try using an epilator instead. An epilator uses a rolling electric tweezer to grab and remove a series of hairs by the roots. The way it works is similar to waxing, but epilators don’t remove a layer of skin like wax does. It can be painful, especially the first time, but you don’t need to epilate as much as you would need to shave, because when the hair is pulled out from the root, it takes up to four weeks to grow back. 

Try one of these simple solutions and mitigate the paintful effects of shaving for people sensitive skin.

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