Skin Care Tips: Shaving And Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is bad enough without dragging a razor over it. How to prepare your skin for the shaving process.

For many people the act of shaving is one way of getting ready to face the day's challenges.For some, the feeling of starting the week with a clean slate Monday morning may be aided by a close shave first thing in the morning.The feeling of the razor gliding smoothly over your face or trolling over your legs is therapeutic and enjoyable for some in the shower or in front of the mirror.For people with sensitive skin shaving can be less of a pleasant experience, however.

Sensitive skin is a thin and fine-textured skin that reacts both to heat and cold.Sensitive skin also sunburns and windburns easily.It can react poorly to some detergents, cosmetics, and alcohol.The symptoms of sensitive skin range from slight itchiness to extreme discomfort.Rawness and intense dryness are associated with sensitive skin.The flaking of skin from the flesh can be symptomatic of sensitive skin, as is the presence of red or pink rashes and other blemishes that fade into the skin after some time. Severe sensitive skin is called "eczema".Eczema is little red bumps that appear on the skin's surface, usually under the arms.It is usually itchy and causes discomfort in those that have it.Topical and some oral medications are available for severe cases of eczema.

Sensitive skin is bad enough on its own""shaving only intensifies it.Shaving often aggravates the symptoms of sensitive skin because of the stroking motion it produces on the skin's surface.

If you have sensitive skin but want a close shave what do you do?There are several ways of decreasing the discomfort associated with sensitive skin and shaving.Moisturizing is very important for the health of your skin.You should purchase and use lotion with aloe, or one that has been concocted for sensitive skin and apply it regularly.Application after showers and baths is an extremely important habit to get into, as skin tends to dry out after being exposed to water.It is a good idea to apply a heavy layer of cream or lotion before you go to sleep so that your skin has plenty of time to absorb the lotion.If your skin is extremely sensitive and you are experiencing uncomfortable itching, you may try applying a thin layer of Vaseline onto trouble spots.While this may result in a slippery slumber, your legs, bikini area, face, and armpits may just thank you.

Even if you are properly moisturized shaving can be an issue, especially if you are using the wrong equipment.Shaving with a sharp razor is important if you have sensitive skin because dull blades will chafe, not glide, over the skin and will likely cause an undesirable burning sensation.If you are trying to save money do not cut financial corners when it comes to shaving.There is no need to buy a one hundred dollar shaver, but steer clear from the really cheap disposables if you find your body reacting poorly to them.Some of the disposable brands are decent""like Bic""but avoid the bottom of the barrel""they are there for a reason.Use a new razor after two or three shaves.Buying a razor specially designed for sensitive skin may be another good option.

Regardless of where you are shaving""your legs, bikini area, face, underarms""remember to lather.Mild soap lather or a shaving cream with non-allergens will do the trick.Shaving slowly and making sure you do not go over areas you have shaven already is important for decreasing tension on the skin.

After your shower or bath you should apply baby oil or a good moisturizer to your entire body, particularly the places you shaved.Make sure these areas are fully dry before you moisturizer. Remember not to use products that have potential allergens. If you follow the above advice, you will make shaving a more enjoyable experience for your body.If you continue to have skin problems you should see a dermatologist for special topical treatment or oral prescriptions.

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