A close, smooth shave makes you look and feel good. But, unfortunately, it sometimes becomes difficult to get it. Instead, you may end up with the dreaded ‘razor burn’ and other side effects such as razor bumps. Not only does it create an itchy feeling, but it also looks terrible and spoils your beauty. So here are some proper steps on how to deal with razor burn.
Razor Burn Causes
- Insufficient pre-shave preparation
- Wrong kind of shaving cream
- Using a wrong or dull razor
- Incorrect Shaving Technique
- Improper care after shaving
How to Prevent Razor Burn
Proper Pre-Shave Preparation
Make sure that your facial hair is thoroughly wet. If you suffer from skin irritation or razor burns, then it is vital to spend some extra time in making your beard wet thoroughly. Facial hair will absorb moisture up to 30% of its volume. And, the hair swollen with water becomes weak, making it easier to cut. Therefore, it is one of the initial and the most important step to get a smooth shave without any irritation.
Quality Shaving Cream
Look for a shaving cream that have a high concentration of moisturizers and lubricants. It is better to have less foaming in the in the shaving cream, as it is the only one, which comes in contact with your skin. Therefore, the creams that create a rich, creamy lather and do not foam up are the best one suitable for you. Applying the shaving cream at least two minutes before shaving your facial hair helps you to make your beard soft and wet as much as possible.
Sharp Razor Blade
A dull razor blade is more traumatic to your skin and is one of the contributing factors for shaving rash and razor burn. Depending on the toughness of your hair, change the blades every three shaves, or at least after ten shaves. If your blade becomes dull after just two or four shaves, even then you change it. If the skin irritation persists, then try a safety razor. Most of the people recommend double-edge safety razors to solve the issues.
Proper Shaving Techniques
Shave in the direction of the hair growth. The best procedure is to start with the sides, and then the moustache area and end with the chin area. Shaving against the hair growth direction gives a closer cut but has several drawbacks. The drawbacks are it may cut your skin, and it is also the leading cause of skin irritation, skin rash and razor burn. You even have a good chance of cutting the hair below the skin level causing an ingrown hair, resulting in inflammation & possible infection.
Proper care after shaving
Clean your face properly after shaving. Try to rinse with warm water & use a face wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil and witch hazel. Wash your face with cool water & pat dry it. Use a good quality moisturizer or an after-shave lotion. It is the ideal way to replace the lost moisture and soothe the skin.