It is a fact of life that men will enjoy a rather intimate relationship with their razor.
Therefore it is imperative to get a handle on a proper technique to get the cleanest, closest, and the most bloodless shave possible. Shaving makes you look clean and nicer looking all around. Sure, you can go all natural, but many have opted to reduce the length of their facial hair for a more preferred look. The art of shaving is one that bears good results, but if done incorrectly, shaving can result in all kinds of nasty razor burns, ingrown hairs, bumps and irritated skin. Below are a few tips on how to do it best.
Shaving Dry or Tight Skin
How you prepare and complete your shave might be playing a big role in why you have dry or tight skin. You can address the problem with these simple approaches to begin and end your shave.
Before you shave: Make sure you wash your face and neck with a soap-free face wash or facial scrub. Do not use bar soap, it will dry out your skin. A moisturizing, conditioning, or soap-free shave gel will minimize the drying of your skin that results from shaving.
After you shave: Moisturize your skin right after you shave, when newly exposed skin cells are most receptive to moisture. Ultimately, moisturizing will relieve the dry or tight feeling. A number of after skin shaving lotions are availeble on the market and the benefits are numerous.
All Razors Are Not Created Equal
No matter what some shaving companies say, not all razors are the same. Here quality matters. Imagine your face scarred or bruised; multiply the horror in your beloved eyes with the discomfort experienced as you try to scratch the itch away! And then there is the scarring that remains.
In a study, an independent research company asked a few hundred guys to use a specified razor blade. They also asked a few hundred men to use the top razor from that other shave club.
Razor for razor, the one blade was rated higher on the overall shaving experience, and on several important attributes: Smoothness. Comfort. Closeness.
Looks like the guys we surveyed are saying that when it comes to your face, just good enough doesn’t cut it – literally.
Bottom line: all razors are not the same. This is probably not an area where one should try out razors on the basis of prize. Make the investment in a product with excellent reputation.
How to Manage Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hair
While many men can experience skin irritation after shaving, some men are likely to develop a chronic type of razor bumps called Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, or PFB. This condition results in bumps after shaving that can be painful. To manage razor bumps, here are some tips needed to help minimize irritation and get a comfortable shave.
Razor bumps and ingrown hair start with a genetic tendency toward extremely curly hair. The irregular shape of curly hair shafts and the curls themselves make hairs prone to pushing back into the surface of the skin as they regrow after being cut. This genetic factor makes ingrown hair and razor bumps very common in men of African or Indo-European descent. It is important to note that not all razor bumps are PFB, so if you believe you are experiencing this condition, a good first step is always to consult your dermatologist for diagnosis and management of ingrown hair symptoms.
In addition to genetic factors, there are a few things that can happen during shaving that make you more likely to have an outbreak of razor bumps. When the hair shaft is dry, it’s much harder for your razor to cut, leading to more tugging and pulling. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it also can cause the hair tips to be cut at an angle, making it even easier for the hair to penetrate back into the skin as it grows and increase your risk of a razor bump.
1. Cleanse: Set up for success
Cleanse your skin with a gentle scrub and warm water, or use a shaving brush, before you shave. This step is crucial to removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin, and releasing trapped hairs, allowing your razor to make proper contact with your skin and hair.
2. Hydrate: Soften to reduce tugs. Moisten your face and use a shave cream to help hold the water on the hair. As your hair soaks up the water, it swells and softens, making it easier for your blades to cut.
3. Shave: Let the razor do the work. Shave with gentle strokes, and let your razor do the heavy lifting. Shave regularly to avoid allowing the hair to grow long enough to re-enter the skin’s surface. Using a razor with multiple high-quality blades helps to minimize razor bumps after your shave.
4. Maintain: Restore the moisture
Shaving can remove more than just hair. Moisture can also be removed leaving the skin dry, tight, and irritated. Use a moisturizing after shave product to help replenish moisture in your skin and facial hair after you shave.