Shaving is a super quick, easy and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair. But the itchy, burning sensation that comes with improper practice is far from great. It’s painful, it’s irritating and it’s ugly. So say goodbye to razor burn and hello to super smooth skin with the following shaving rituals that will help you avoid the burn for good.
#1 Prep your skin
Before you even take the razor blade to your skin, it’s important to thoroughly cleanse the area. Wash and exfoliate your skin to help remove dead skin and oil, soften the hairs and ensure more effective results.
A body wash will do the trick – we like L’OCCITANE Almond Shower Scrub as it is enriched with almond oil and almond shells to leave the skin soft and clean.
#2 Pick the right razor
Remember not to keep your razor in the shower as the humidity can breed rust and bacteria, meaning it won’t last nearly as long. And switch the blade as soon as you notice it looking a little worse for wear – a dull, rusty blade is a sure-fire way to end up with irritated skin.
#3 Shave with the grain
If you’re prone to razor burn, it’s best to shave in the direction of hair growth. When you shave against the grain, the razor tugs at the hairs and increases the risk of irritation, whereas when you shave with the grain, there is less tugging and pulling involved and irritation is minimised.
#4 Lather on the shaving cream/gel/oil
Do not – I repeat do not – shave without first applying shaving cream, gel or oil. It softens the hair, helps the razor glide over the skin and allows for a smooth, close shave that doesn’t irritate the skin.
#5 Rinse with cold water
Once you’re done, rinse your skin with cold water to close your pores and prevent razor burn as well as ingrown hairs. It may be a tough step to follow (especially in winter) but it certainly helps.
As soon as you’re out of the shower, moisturise your skin while it’s still slightly damp. Look for products that contain coconut oil and aloe vera, as these ingredients boast anti-inflammatory properties and work to soothe the skin.
Do you suffer from razor burn? Which of these shaving rituals will you implement to minimise irritation?