We’re here to answer the age-old question: How do you shave without getting razor burn? Here are our tips for how to do it.
Summer is here and it’s time to go bare… with body hair, of course! The quickest way to silky smooth skin remains a razor, but ouch, the burn can hurt. Fortunately, razor burns are avoidable with proper prepping. Follow these steps for beautiful bare skin without the burn.
Cheap isn’t always bad, but when it comes to razors, paying premium has its benefits. All blades are not created equal. Premium razors have sharp blades that cut cleaner and feel more comfortable on the skin. A good razor also helps you lighten your grip and let the blade do the work for you. Speaking of blades, remember that dull razors mean you’ll be running blades over your delicate skin several times before effectively cutting the hair. This leads to cuts that cause burns. Do yourself a favor and get a new razor after three full leg shaves.
Before shaving, exfoliate your skin with a physical exfoliator, not chemical. Chemically exfoliated skin needs time to neutralize and heal. Try a DIY scrub to gently remove surface debris plus prepare the skin for a crisp shave. Exfoliating also prevents ingrown hairs, which can be painful and unsightly. Exfoliate one day before shaving for best results.
Oil and Water
You’ve prepped the skin, now you need to prep the hair. Right before you shave, cover the area with pre-shave oil and a warm towel. The steam from the towel helps the oil loosen the hairs for an easy cut. The oil also penetrates your skin, so pick one that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients. After a few minutes, remove the oil with soap and water.
Now it’s time to shave. Lather your favorite shaving cream onto the prepped skin area and shave against the grain for quick results. Usually, you’d want to do the opposite to avoid nicks, but you’ve properly prepped the skin, so it’s okay. Shaving against the grain ensures a clean shave and less blade runs over your skin. Always wet the razor first for a comfortable shave without cuts.
Neutralize and Treat
Once the hair is removed and free of shaving cream, you’ll want to neutralize the skin area with a healing moisturizer free of alcohol. This step is crucial to treating any small wounds your shave may have caused so that they do not burn. Try a moisturizer with Vitamin E and nut butters for best results.
Expert Tip: Even with proper prepping, cuts happen, but they don’t have to have burning sensations. Collagen is an important protein for skin cells, and can help keep them healthy. Supplementing with Collagen Peptides promotes the strength and fitness of skin and helps naturally heal cuts and wounds.