Did you know that one in every three men claim to experience skin irritation after shaving?
Additionally, many men also suffer from sensitive skin, making shaving the daily nightmare that won’t go away.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any one, hard, fast solution for shaving with sensitive skin. However, there are things you can do to adjust your shaving routine to help treat sensitive skin, and make shaving the enjoyable ritual that it should be.
Read on for some tips for treating sensitive skin—and to help you get a better shave.
Soften Your Hair
It’s important to remember that the stubble on your face is harder and tougher, and requires more effort to shave. But, before you take your best razor to your face, take a few minutes and soften your skin and hair. This will make it easier to shave, requiring less pressure and effort on your hair and skin, and reducing your chances of irritating your already super-sensitive skin.What is the best way to do this? Begin by taking a warm shower, or pressing a warm towel against your face. Allow the towel to sit on your face for a minute or two. The warmth softens the hair and opens your pores. Again, this allows your blade to glide smoothly along the skin, reducing irritation.
Use the Right Razor for Your Hair Type
Did you ever think that you could be using the wrong razor for your hair type? Who knew that hair type even mattered when it came to shaving?!
When treating sensitive skin, you also need to consider your hair type and thickness. Shaving enthusiasts and experts recommend using two or three blades at the most for straight hair, and a single-edge razor for thick, curly or coarse hair.
Shave WITH the Grain
This is a common shaving mistake that inevitably results in serious skin irritation. In fact, many accidentally shave against the grain, without giving it much thought. However, the golden rule of shaving is to shave with the grain. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin.
Another tip? It’s also important to avoid pressing down too hard or applying too much pressure on your razor while shaving. This excess pressure causes friction, which then leads to razor burn.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Blade
This is another common mistake that shavers often make, without realizing it. Many men who shave in a rush or on the go will often forget to clean their razor blades after, or before their next shave. This is always a mistake.
Think about it: While you shave, your razor picks up excess shaving product, hair, and dead skin cells. If this gunk sits in your razor, then this leads to bacteria growth. If you then apply your gunky razor to your face for another shave, you are filling your pores with bacteria and debris, which causes not only skin irritation but also acne breakouts.
Pretty gross, right? One of the easiest ways to prevent skin irritation and breakouts is to simply get into the habit of cleaning your blade after every use, or before you use it again.
Change Your Blade
In addition to cleaning your blade on a regular basis, it’s also important to change your blade on a regular basis. Shaving with a dull blade pulls at the hair on your face aggressively, which causes skin irritation. Therefore, you should change your blade every two to three shaves.
This ultimately depends on how frequently you shave, however, if you have sensitive skin, then you will likely benefit from changing your razor blades more frequently than someone with normal skin.
Dry skin is one of the most common reasons for skin irritation and breakouts after shaving. Your initial reaction might be to immediately apply a moisturizer to your skin. However, if you aren’t careful, this can clog pores, which can do more harm than good for your skin.
You may want to look for a moisturizer that is designed specifically for sensitive skin. These particular products include fewer ingredients. This can help reduce your chances of using a product that contains ingredients that potentially cause skin irritation.
In fact, you may have allergic reactions to certain ingredients in products and not even know it! Pay a visit to your dermatologist if you believe you are suffering from dermatitis or another skin condition.
All in all, by staying hydrated, we don’t just mean applying a moisturizer on a daily or regular basis; we also mean by staying physically hydrated by drinking water! By keeping your body hydrated, you are also keeping your skin hydrated.
When is the Right Time to Shave?
Finally, some shaving enthusiasts and experts believe that shaving at night rather than the morning is better for the skin. There aren’t any concrete scientific or medical advantages to the time of day in which you shave to prevent skin irritation. However, if you want to prevent nicks and cuts, then you may want to consider shaving in the morning while you are awake and refreshed.
All in all, there may not be anything you can do about having sensitive skin, but there are some things you can do to help treat it to avoid redness, razor bumps, acne breakouts, and dry skin, to ensure an enjoyable shave.