What is razor burn
The unsightly and irritating red rashes that appear on your skin after you have had a shave without preparing for it in an appropriate and sufficient manner.
What causes razor burn
Occurs primarily when a part of the skin is displaced and a hair follicle is twisted and pulled by a razor swipe, although there are, several other factors that add to the chances of getting razor burns.
- Shaving with a blunt-edged razor
- Not moisturizing the beard properly or adequately
- A less-than-perfect shaving cream
- Simply having sensitive skin
- Shaving against the grain of the beard
How to avoid razor burn
Start off with a hot shower
Get yourself a nice, warm and steamy shower before you get down to the shaving part. This will open your pores and pre-soften the beard, making the job a lot easier and soothing, also aiding razor burn prevention.
Get a good, sharp razor
As a thumb-rule, a razor has, depending on the quality of your beard, around 5-10 good shaves in it. Experiencing pain while you shave is a grim indication that it is time to get a new blade or cartridge. A new blade can not only make shaving much more comfortable.
Get a good lather going
If you hand-rub shaving cream or gel onto your face or use a shaving brush, do it in a way that the product comes in contact with your skin in addition to the beard, while making the latter become upright. Do not, under any circumstance, dry-shave, as that increases the chances of razor burn manifold.
Don’t shave against the grain
As much as you may love shaving against the growth of the beard to get that close shave, don’t do it. This cuts the beard so close to the skin that it becomes ingrown, giving way to razor bumps, which is another scourge that you might want to stay away from.
Light and deliberate strokes with the razor
Don’t overexert the razor against your skin too much, as that can irritate your skin to the point of developing razor burns. Instead, use short and light strokes, and let the razor glide over the contours of the face while only coming in contact with the beard.
Rinse the razor after every stroke
It is necessary since the wasted whiskers and the excess product that clogs up the razor do not, in any way, help you get a silky shave. In fact, they can bruise your skin, leaving nicks and cuts, which may look like a razor burn to another person.
Apply cold water
After you are done shaving, apply cold water on your face and neck, this will close up the pores previously opened with the hot shower, therefore reducing the chances of razor burns and bumps alike.
Put some moisturizer
Get yourself an aloe vera based moisturizer and dab it onto your face, this will relax the irritated skin. In case you were careless and could not avoid a razor burn despite being so vigilant, the moisturizer will take care of that too.
Aftercare for the tools
Once you have taken care of yourself, it is time to focus on the razor and the brush. Wipe the razor well with a clean, dry towel; this can help you to keep the edge of the blades sharp for a longer period, reducing your chances of getting a razor burn.
A wet shaving brush has a tendency to develop bacteria over time. Shake off the water as vigorously as you can, and let the remainder of it dry itself out under the sun. Don’t sun-dry it for too long, though, as the bristles will become coarse.
After all the steps as iterated above, if you still get razor burns, take some baby powder and apply it on the affected spots for quick relieve of the irritation.
Despite the fact that this article has been more focused on the beard, all of these preventive measures can be applied to hair from any part of the body, be it on your head, neck, the chest, thighs, legs, armpits, or the pubic area.