How To Stop Shaving Rash
The most frustrating experience after shaving? It’s got be the stinging that marks the start of shaving rash. Red and burning, skin irritation can suck the joy right out of a great shave. And just after you’d managed to trim your beard to the precise angle you wanted. Ever wondered how to stop shaving rash for good? Here are our best practises for prevention.
Shaving rash, or razor burn, is an irritation that happens when the top layer of your skin has been damaged in some way. Shaving causes small tears in the skin, and as skin is so sensitive, after one too many nicks, shaving burn can rear its ugly head. But don’t panic, it’s simply a sign from your skin that it needs to heal. The small, red bumps, which are the sidekick of shaving rash, are ingrown hairs trapped under the skin.
Preventing shaving rash
To avoid shaving rash, you need to prepare your skin before you start shaving, remain mindful throughout, and apply a little post-shave aftercare.
A good shave is made up of three stages focused on softening the hair and skin. Taking care during each stage will decrease your chances of ever having to feel the maddening burn again.
Find the perfect razor. Make sure you’re using the right kind of razor – one specifically designed for the face. And make sure it’s extra gentle if possible.
Clean your razor. You can reduce cuts by rinsing your razor before and after shaving. After rinsing, check there’s no shaving gel residue.
Have a hot shower. Shave after a steamy, hot shower. The heat from the steam will soften the hairs and relax the hair follicles. Soft hair is less resistant to shaving, giving you less chance of razor burn.
Exfoliate. Exfoliation has to be a part of your shaving routine if you want to banish shaving rash. Use Men Expert Pure Power scrub, which comes with three types of exfoliating beads, to gently exfoliate your face and neck before shaving. Do it while you’re in the shower and be ready to shave when you jump out.
Prepare the skin. Apply a good beard oil, like the Barber Club Long Beard and Skin Oil, to soften the hair and skin.
Use shaving gel. Dry shaves are the number one culprit of shaving burn. Shaving on dry skin will lead to friction, cuts and hours of irritation.
Save yourself the hassle by always applying a moisturising shaving gel. The L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Anti-Irritation Shave Gel is specially formulated to prevent post-shave irritation by reducing friction. The gel creates a protective layer between your skin and the razor blade for a smooth and frictionless razor slide.
Consider shaving direction. Shave in the direction of hair growth – with the gain. You’ve heard it before. We’ll say it again. This is one situation where going against the grain isn’t the hip thing to do.
Go from thin to thick. Start with the sides of your beard where the hair is thinnest and work your way to the thickest area. Following this order gives the gel time to soften the thick hair, as it takes longer to moisturise.
Don’t repeat strokes. Shave each area once, if possible. Use the shaving gel as a guide: if there’s no shaving gel on an area, reduce the number of times you run the blade over it. The areas devoid of shaving gel will be more resistant to the razor, and resistance leads to sore skin.
Use gentle glides. Don’t press too hard when shaving as this causes friction and cuts.
You’ve successfully made it to the final stage of a burn and rash-free shave. Now, seal the deal by exfoliating again, then using a post-shave balm. Our soothingMen Expert Hydra Sensitive balm is enriched with Natural Birch Sap and is alcohol free, helping to soothe any skin irritation caused by shaving. It’s perfect for sensitive skin, especially after shaving - just pat on, and you’re good to go!
Maintenance: use a beard oil to keep beard hair soft if you’re growing one. Softer hair will be easier to shave when the time for a trim comes.