Razor burn is a type of skin irritation caused by shaving. It can take the form of small bumps, rashes, ingrown hairs or even blisters. Razor burn can be painful and itchy, as well as not very attractive to look at. As a result, it’s something everyone should learn to avoid. Just how do you put a stop to razor burn? Below are 7 tips on how to prevent and treat razor burn.
Shave when the skin is warm and wet
This is a basic but essential tip when shaving. Steam and heat will soften hair and open pores, reducing irritation and making it easier to get a close shave. This is why so many people shave in the bath or shower (or directly after getting out).
Don’t try to shave before you have a bath or shower, and similarly don’t dry off before you shave. If you need to shave an area but don’t want to have a bath or shower, wet the area with some warm water first.
Shave in the direction of the hair
Shaving ‘against the grain’ is more likely to cause irritation. When shaving, always shave in the direction of the hair. With legs and pubic areas, this is typically down the leg. With armpits, it’s usually upwards. Other areas of the body may vary.
It’s possible to get a close shave by first shaving in the direction of the hair and then running over the same area ‘against’ the grain. This is a trick many women use to get super smooth legs and can be used on other parts of the body too.
Use shaving cream/gel
Using shaving cream or gel helps the razor to glide across the skin. This in turn can help prevent nicks and rashes.
Try not to shave unless you have shaving cream or gel handy. Hair conditioner and baby oil can be good substitutes if you’ve run out.
Use after shave moisturiser
An after shave moisturiser can help to reduce any inflammation or dryness caused by shaving. It could help to prevent a rash or bumps from appearing and is useful if you have sensitive skin.
There are many different moisturisers on the market. Take the time to look at different ingredients.
Use aloe vera on areas already affected
If razor burn has already occurred, you may be able to help the affected area heal more quickly by using aloe vera. Aloe vera is known for its antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties and is very good for burns and rashes.
There are many skin products on the market with aloe vera in. Explore these products to see what works for you.
Keep your razor clean and dry
Water and bacteria can cause razor blades to rust and become unhygienic – which can increase the risk of not just rashes and cuts, but infection.
If you’re not using a disposable razor or disposable blades, make sure to always clean the blade after use and then dry it off with a clean towel. Many people clean their razor but leave it wet, which can cause corrosion of the blade.
Know when to replace your razor
Once the blade has started to become corroded or blunt, you should get rid of it, as it is more likely to start causing irritation.
If you shave every day, it’s usually preferable to replace your blade every 1 to 2 weeks. If you shave every other day, you may be able to wait until 3 or 4 weeks to replace the blade. It’s worth noting that some razors are better than others and may be able to last longer.