If you have sensitive skin, you likely dread having to shave. You know the result – your skin becomes highly irritated and you’re stuck dealing with the unpleasant experience for the rest of your day and sometimes longer.
The goal of this article is to help you survive your daily shave by giving you several tips to improve your shaving routine. The advice is tailored to men with sensitive skin. Hopefully, I can help you improve your future shaves so you no longer have to deal with irritated skin.
How Does Sensitive Skin Make Shaving Difficult?
If you’ve never experienced skin irritation from shaving then it’s hard to know the struggle some men go through. Some men are unlucky and have to deal with these issues daily. It’s good to understand these issues because even if you don’t have issues with sensitive skin now, this may change as you grow older.
Having sensitive skin increases your odds or experiencing shaving related problems. You’re more likely to experience razor rash, ingrown hairs, redness, itchiness, and general irritation.
Facial hair is different than hair anywhere else on your body, it’s significantly rougher and thicker. This makes shaving your face difficult, and it becomes even more difficult because most men are not aware that they are using the wrong kind of razor.
Modern multi-blade razors can be a nightmare to shave with. The more blades they have the more your skin is going to suffer. That’s why I’ve put together 5 tips to help
you survive your daily shave on sensitive skin.
5 Tips for Shaving Sensitive Skin
If you follow as many of these 5 steps as you can, you will have a much better shaving experience. You shouldn’t dread the act of shaving. Here’s what you need to do to help your sensitive skin survive and help you look forward to your daily shave.
#1 Prepare Your Skin
One of the biggest mistakes men make is not taking any preparatory steps before they shave. If your routine is simply wetting your face, applying shave cream, and shaving then this step is going to be a huge upgrade for you.
Instead of just wetting your face, try to always shave after having a warm shower. This relaxes your skin, opens your pores, and softens your hair follicles, getting your hair and skin in the right condition to be shaved.
During your shower make sure to exfoliate your skin. You want to scrub away excess dirt, oil, and remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating also helps smaller hairs under the skin to break through which prevents ingrown hairs.
#2 Change Your Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is often overlooked as a possible culprit for skin issues. However, many shaving creams are full of synthetic ingredients and different fragrances. These can cause contact-based irritation, starting your shave off bad right from the start.
Instead, use a shaving butter or cream that uses natural ingredients, such as Burt’s Bees or creams by Pacific Shaving. Avoid any creams with synthetic fragrances as they can cause skin irritation. Natural creams may use essential oils in lieu of fragrance. Essential oils are usually soothing to the skin, but if you have super sensitive skin you may want to look for a cream that is completely scent-free.
If you’re the DIY type you could venture out to make your own shaving oil. Similar to beard oil recipes, shave oil can be a great alternative to the creams and butters that are out there. This way you have complete control of what’s going into your shaving product.
#3 Put Down the Multi-Blade Razor
Modern cartridge razors are doing nothing but causing you more trouble. The more blades your razor has the more likely your skin is going to suffer. Each stroke of the razor runs multiple blades across your skin and each razor blade counts as a single pass. If you have 5 blades that’s 5 passes over one spot with one stroke. This is causing all sorts of issues for
your sensitive skin and swapping your razor out for a safety razor is going to change your world.
Safety razors only require one single blade to shave with and believe it or not they provide a better overall shave. There is a small learning curve when you begin using them, but you should be able to learn quickly.
Since safety razors only use a single razor blade it gives you more control over your shaves. You don’t have to run the blade across your skin more than necessary.
#4 StoreYour Razor Properly
When you’re done shaving, take a few seconds to pat your razor dry and store it in a dry location. This ensures your razor is ready to go the next time you plan to use it. It also makes your blades last longer and prevents oxidation from forming and bacteria growing on your blade.
If you’re leaving your razor in the shower or you’re not drying it off properly, you’re opening yourself up to bacteria that will irritate your skin. You could potentially open yourself up to worse issues if you were to cut yourself and get an infection.
A lot of people have the bad habit of leaving their razors in the shower or leaving them wet so don’t be one of them. It only takes a few seconds to dry your razor and store it away. Your skin will thank you and you’re going to get a lot more uses out of each blade.
#5 Have a Post-Shave Routine
Your post-shave routine can be as important as your pre-shave routine. When you’ve finished shaving do the following: wet your face with cold water, towel dry, and apply a facial moisturizer.
Finishing with a cold splash tightens your skin, closes your pores, and can also help with any nicks or cuts. It’s also important to wash off any leftover shaving cream and dead skin cells that your razor left behind.
Following with a facial moisturizer keeps your skin healthy. Shaving can dry out your skin so re-moisturizing is important. If you think it sounds like an extra step that you don’t need just give it a shot. I hear that often from men who’ve never experienced the beneficial effects a moisturizer has on the skin.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and have found some of the above tips to be helpful. Do as many as you can to improve your shaving routine and help your sensitive skin. If you’ve never tried a safety razor before it’ll be one of the biggest changes you can make, and you’ll likely never look back to using a multi-blade razor ever again.
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