How To Prevent Razor Burn – Part Three

The third and final part of our “How To Prevent Razor Burn” article series is finally here! Don’t miss to check out our first and second article before reading the part three.

  1. Use the Razor Properly

Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth (“with the grain”). Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.

Do not apply too much pressure & use short strokes
Let the razor do the work- do not press too hard. The weight of your razor is sufficient to cut the hair. You should also try using shorter strokes to help prevent you from pressing too hard (as guys sometimes do when using long strokes).

Rinse the blade frequently
Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin gunk that could interfer with making a clean cut. The use of hot water here is to help lubricate, has nothing to do with “killing bacteria.”

Do not over shave the same area
After the first pass, you may want to reshave certain areas – but be cautious. Too much shaving over the same area is a contributing factor to razor burn. So here’s what you do if you want to achieve an even closer shave: apply some more lather from your brush (add more cream if necessary) to the areas you wish to shave again. Keep everything moist. This is one of the extra advantages of using a brush. For most guys, re-shaving certain areas with the grain should do the job. Professional barbers, by the way, usually first shave with the grain, and then re-shave going sideways.

  1. Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving

Clean your face properly after shaving
After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use a facial wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash) and witch hazel (for its soothing, healing and astringent properties).

Rinse with cool water
Rinse with the coolest water that is comfortable to help close the pores and pat dry with a clean towel. (Don’t rub! Just pat)

Finish off with an Aftershave Moisturizer.
Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. An after shave moisturizer, designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys – these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn’t look shiny. Typically mositurizers made for women are too greasy as men tend to have not only thicker skin but also oiler skin than women due to men’s larger sebaceous glands. The best aftershave moisturizers not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.


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