Razor burn, redness, stinging irritation – sound like your last shave? We’ve all been there, and it’s enough to make you throw in the towel on shaving. Before you go grow a lumberjack’s beard though, there are a few simple tricks you can use to finally put an end to your shaving woes.
1. Scrub Your Scruff
Before ever lifting a blade to your skin, be sure to exfoliate. Many guys skip this important step, but it’s a must if you want to get a smooth, bump free mug. For sensitive skin, we recommend a fine grained scrub like Raw Materials Skin Grit to gently, but effectively, get rid of dead skin and lift facial hair away from the face. This allows your razor to cut closer to the skin in fewer strokes.
2. Toss Your Razor
An old razor is just bad news for your skin. A dull blade drags against skin, pulling at hairs and causing irritation. You can use the same blade a few times before tossing, but it requires maintenance. Make sure to thoroughly dry your razor after shaving because water causes the metal to erode. Bacteria also builds up on a used blade, so dip it in rubbing alcohol after use to kill any nastiness that otherwise will cause you breakouts.
If you shave frequently, we recommend using a double edge safety razor like the Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor. Its single blade will get you a closer shave in one stroke than a cheap disposable. A quality razor is definitely an investment, but the replacement blades are actually less pricey than disposables in the long run.
3. Treat It Fast
Sometimes despite your best efforts, particularly if you have sensitive skin, razor irritation just happens. We suggest always keeping a good post shave treatment close at hand in your medicine cabinet so you can act quickly. We like Urth Skin Solutions for Men Post Shave Elixir because it has calendula and chamomile to soothe skin and quickly reduce redness. Salicylic and lactic acids help smooth razor bumps and unclog pores. If you tend to breakout post shave, apply this treatment immediately to stop the problem before it even starts.