By : Chaleigh Glass
Nobody likes nicks, cuts, or razor rash. They sting, they itch, and they can make you look like the victim of an unsightly (and perhaps contagious) skin disease. If you’re interested in keeping your skin smooth and intact, add these 5 easy tips to your grooming arsenal.
Don’t Shave if You Don’t Have to
While using specialized shaving products can definitely help save your skin, give your razor a rest now and then to let things heal. Don’t try to shave over already irritated or broken skin. Even if you’re careful not to use too much pressure, it can make matters worse.
Using products like the facial scrub that is provided by The Art of Shaving can help clear away dead skin cells that cause problems like painful and unsightly ingrown hairs. Exfoliating will also help keep your post-shave skin smooth and healthy, and it can reduce some of the signs of aging skin.
Dump Dull Razors
Water corrosion and constant use causes razors to dull after a short amount of time. When razors dull, they begin to yank instead of cut cleanly. Don’t wait for a bad shave and a breakout. Always dry your razor thoroughly after use, and dispose of your old disposable razors (or sharpen your straight razor) regularly. With this simple routine, your shaves will be more comfortable and you’ll have fewer skin problems. Keeping razors clean and dry between uses and tossing old ones also helps avoid transferring breakout-causing bacteria to your skin.
Shave With the Grain
Shaving with the grain is especially if you have sensitive skin. Shaving against the grain might feel like you’re getting a closer shave, but it can pull hair and irritate skin. Ideally, you shouldn’t even really feel the razor moving against your skin. Shave with the grain, don’t use too much pressure, and use short strokes (only an inch or two at a time) to help keep your skin calm.
Use Hot Water
Hot water helps to soften hair, and will clean your razor between strokes. Wash your face, then soak the areas you’ll be shaving with a hot towel for a few minutes. Avoid cold water, because shaving over goosebumps will result in more nicks and cuts. Avoid very hot water, because it can irritate your skin and strip more of its natural oils.
Skin problems don’t have to be a part of regular shaving. With hot water, a fresh razor, the right skin products, and a gentle technique, you can have a close shave and comfortable, healthy-looking skin.