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You know when you’ve just finished shaving your legs, you go to get out of the shower and as you’re about to dry yourself off, you notice those itchy and sore little red bumps rise to the surface. This is what is known as razor burn and this is something I’ve only just recently managed to prevent happening to me when shaving.
I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I’ve been using this summer to prevent razor burn when shaving from happening. Obviously, with the summer still very much around, we’re baring more skin and you don’t want to have to put up with that annoying burn anymore, but these tips can be used for any time of the year.
Hydrate and soak your skin
This has definitely become a vital part of my shaving routine. When I used to have more baths than showers, I very rarely ever got razor burn when shaving. But as I have begun having more showers than baths in the past year, my razor burn has got worse and it’s because I hadn’t been soaking my skin.
Now I make sure that every time I go to shave, I make sure I’m soaking my skin for a few minutes before I go in with the razor rather than just letting the water run down as I stand under the showerhead.
Sometimes I’ll even soak them for a few minutes before I get in the shower with a hot flannel. Soaking your legs and adding hydration to them really helps to open up the hairs and prevents dry shaving from happening.
Dry shaving is one of the most common causes of razor burn so it’s essential you’re soaking your skin beforehand. This has definitely made the biggest difference for me personally.
Exfoliate your skin to prevent razor burn
We all know how beneficial exfoliating your skin can be but it is even more important when it comes to shaving. It helps to remove dead skin that can clog pores and prevent you from getting close to the root of the hair. This also helps to add to that smooth feeling and stops the hairs from growing back as quick.
It’s also important to make sure you’re not exfoliating after you’ve shaved as this will only irritate your skin and probably cause a different kind of rash to appear on the skin.
My favourite exfoliators to use at the moment include the Soap & Glory Flake Away* and the Bubble T Cosmetics hibiscus and acai berry body scrub*. They both work great at getting rid of any dead skin and leaving your skin feeling so silky.
Don’t forget to use shaving cream
Trust me, I have been there and used hair conditioner on my legs to get that smooth feeling and why this does work, you really cannot beat or go wrong with using shaving cream. They’re specially designed with shaving in mind so I would always recommend opting for a cream over some other product that isn’t intended for shaving in the first place.
They help to reduce friction, allow for an easier and closer shave and help to replenish the skin, leaving your skin feeling smoother afterwards, as well as preventing razor burn.
Shave in the right direction to prevent razor burn
Not only does shaving in the wrong direction of your hair growth cause razor burn, but it can also stop you from achieving that close shave. So if you want to avoid razor burn and get that close shave to have soft skin, then it’s a good idea to ensure you’re shaving the right way.
For the lower half and the top half of the leg, you should be shaving in the opposite direction of how you’re hair grows. For example, for me, I shave up to my leg toward’s the top half of my leg because my hairs grow down.
When it comes to the knee area, I always find I can end up cutting myself with the razor when shaving my knees. I don’t know if it’s down to clumsiness or just because it’s an awkward area to work with, but I find that when I go in a sort of 90-degree angle, it does work a lot better.
For the bikini line and the underarm area, I follow the same ritual of shaving in the opposite direction of my hair growth.
Soothe the skin afterwards to prevent razor burn
After you have shaved, you want to close the pores after you’ve opened them up in the warm water at the beginning. This will help to lower the risk of irritation and rinse off any cream that might still be left on your skin.
You can do this with cold water as cold water helps to close to the pores whilst hot water only opens them back up. It’s also a great way to soothe the skin and bring some further hydration back into it. This also super refreshing especially during the summer months when you tend to opt for cooler showers.
How do you prevent shaving rash?