4 Ways to Avoid Razor Burn

Mar 15, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Unless you’re really embracing your inner animal, the razor is going to come out sooner or later! Men and women, when we shave we aren’t just removing the hair off of our skin, we’re removing the top layer of skin as well. 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 - ouch! Here are some great ways to combat that painful burn before it happens.

Buy A Good Razor

Depending on your budget, try and get a good electric razor (you can find them for as little as $20) or if you prefer disposable blades, spend a little more on some good quality ones. 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!

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 razor burn. Moisturizing can help soothe the irritation, and we recommend coconut oil for its antibacterial and soothing properties.

Use Products for Sensitive Skin

Anyone can get a nasty razor burn, but if you’ve noticed your face is irritated more frequently or more intensely than others 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. 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 something, in particular, it can cause inflammation, so make sure you’re using a product designed for sensitive skin that helps to soothe your face when you’re done

Buy An Epilator

If you’re extremely sensitive or really dislike shaving, try using an epilator instead. An epilator is a small electrical device that one can use instead of a razor. It 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!

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