Shave Speak: How To Prevent Razor Bumps And Burns

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Razor bumps and burns are pesky but common skin care problems. Everyone experiences them at one point or another – if not regularly – so it’s all about learning the ins and outs of preventing and dealing with shaving irritation.

Prevent razor bumps & burns!

  • Check your razor blades. A dull blade increases the risk of cutting and irritating the skin. If the blade is disposable, switch it frequently (every 2-3 uses is recommended). Always clean the razor well and completely after each use.
  • Prep the skin. It’s the extra step that makes all the difference. Try adding a pre-shave conditioner to your shaving regimen, preferably one enhanced with Chamomile and Lavender Extract to reduce redness. While formulated to soften tough beards for a closer shave, ladies should take advantage of this product too. It’s perfect for the bikini line, legs, and underarms.
  • Use a shaving cream or gel. Our Peppermint Shaving Cream is the perfect alternative to your ordinary cream. Enriched with cooling Peppermint Extract, it leaves skin feeling clean, smooth, and refreshed. If you’re in a pinch, hair conditioner does the trick – just keep in mind that some soaps may irritate sensitive skin.
  • Shave before bed. Your skin needs time to heal overnight, but if you really have to shave in the morning, give your skin at least 15-20 minutes to recuperate before getting dressed to prevent irritation.
  • Don’t dry shave. It’s the quickest way to irritate the skin. Always shave in the shower; the water and heat will help open the pores and soften the hair to allow for a closer, more comfortable shave.

Minimize the bumps, redness, and ingrown hairs!

  • Avoid shaving every day. Give your skin breathing room in between shaving days (again, to allow it to rest and heal).
  • Check the label. Look for shaving products packed with cooling, soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits. Ingredients like Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender are ideal.
  • Moisturize post-shave. Your skin is craving hydration afterwards: be sure to take heed. The best way to prevent irritation is to use a non-scented, botanical-based lotion.
  • Applying an antibiotic ointment cream (like Neosporin) or aloe-based cream on visible bumps and razor burn will do wonders in helping the skin heal while reducing irritation and inflammation.

Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn't 'grammed, it never happened). Also pertinent: writer, Aries, content manager here at Mario Badescu. For more about me, visit my Google+ page.