How To Get Close Shave Without Razor Burn

Are you prone to razor burn, those annoying, unsightly red bumps that spring up after shaving? Follow our tips to get rid of razor burn forever!

No doubt about it---razor burn is no fun. Besides being not-so-pretty, razor burn bumps can lead to painful ingrown hairs. However, those annoying red bumps that spring up after shaving are caused, simply, by over-irritated skin. Therefore, if you take care to not irritate the skin, you can eliminate razor burn! Here are some simple tips to help you get a close shave without razor burn.

The Right Tools

Use high-quality razors. If you use disposable razors, buy the highest quality you can afford and change the blades at least every two to three shaves (a fresh blade every time is ideal but may not be feasible for most people). Look for razors with multiple blades so that you cut down on the number of passes over a single area. Shaving over the same area multiple times increases irritation.

If you are especially prone to razor burn, try changing your shaving cream or gel. If you've always just shaved with soap or lotion, that could be the problem! You can purchase sample sizes of many different brands of shaving creams and gels so that you can experiment to find the best one for your skin. Ladies---do not be afraid to try shaving products made for men! You might find that razors and gels made for men work better for your skin than products made for women. You might also want to try moisturizing gels and creams or those made specifically for "sensitive skin."

You might also want to try one of the products on the market, like Tend Skin, that is specifically designed to eliminate or reduce razor burn. However, these products can be expensive and results are not guaranteed. Thoroughly research any product that claims to eliminate razor burn altogether---know the product before you plunk down the cash!

Techniques and Tips

-Shave towards the end of or immediately after your shower or bath. The steam and hot water will help to open up your pores and soften the hairs.

-After shaving, rinse with cold water to close the pores. These helps to prevent hairs from getting pushed back into the follicle.

-Shave in the direction of the hair growth, not against the hair. In other words, when shaving your legs, do not pull the razor up the leg; instead, shave in downward strokes. Shaving against the hair growth often pushes the hair into the follicle, which causes razor burn and ingrown hairs.

-When shaving delicate areas, like the bikini area, use one hand to pull the skin taut while shaving in the direction of the hair growth. This will help you to get a close shave but is gentle on the skin.

-Take your time shaving. Avoid shaving when you are in a hurry.

-After shaving, rub in a gentle, unscented oil, after-shave lotion, or moisturizer.

-If razor burn does appear, don't scratch it or pick at it. Treat it with cortisone cream for inflamed skin---even diaper rash ointment can works. In a pinch, deodorant might help to reduce the appearance of the red bumps.

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