Razor bumps, razor burns – whatever you want to call it, it’s the worst part of shaving! So, ladies, I’ve scoured the internet to find how to avoid razor burns in the first place, rather than how to get rid of it once the damage is done. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I don’t follow these rules because shaving is time-consuming and annoying, and it seems like the effort all went down the drain (heh, heh) when you feel it a day later and the hair is starting to come through…again!
Right now, it’s no shave November. I’ve decided to participate in it. After all, shaving is a hassle. But I do miss my silky smooth legs! My husband has expressed the idea that the only sensitive part of the body that people shave is the face, and I just roll my eyes because at least he isn’t walking around with tight clothing rubbing against it afterward! We’ll leave that fight for another time, though.
After no shave November, I’ll definitely be using some of these techniques. So let’s chat about the right way to shave in order to avoid that pesky razor burn. These are techniques I know from life or the internet, but let me know down in the comments if you have any other secrets!
Throw Out the Old Razor!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but ladies, you should not be using a dull razor! And by dull, I mean if you can feel that thing dragging across your skin instead of just gliding like a gentle stream, you need a new one. Now these things are expensive, so I’m going to list a few tips that are supposed to make your razor last longer. I haven’t actually documented the use on how long my razor lasts when I do these things, but they’re either things I’ve been doing for a long time at the advice of another woman or found someone who swears by the method.
- Always clean and dry your razor after you use it!
- Store your razor somewhere dry. As annoying as it is, this usually means outside of the shower. Moisture is one of the biggest destroyers of blades!
- I found an article online that says to keep your razors in good shape, all you need a pair of jeans with at least one pant leg. Sometime between shaves, you’re supposed to take the razor and run it up the pant leg 10-15 times quickly, and then do the same thing going down the pant leg. Don’t run it so that you’re shaving the jeans, rather run it with the blade so that it just slides across the jean, backwards (blade still down). I haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems easy and it may even catch that pesky hair or two that is really hard to get out of the razor once it’s lodged.
When you throw out your old razor, I suggest you trying out a shave club. They’re becoming more popular because they typically aren’t as expensive as those you find at the drug store, and you don’t even have to go to the drug store, which is my favorite part. Don’t discount the ones for men, either! They might be blue, but they’re made for sensitive faces, so I bet they’re great for other sensitive parts.
Treat Your Skin
Before you start shaving, let your skin get thoroughly wet and warm, and use a little bit of soap to wash any dirt away. That way, when you start shaving, your skin will be soft and clean, so you are less likely to tear it. You’ll also want to put some sort of product on it; I’ve used shaving cream, as well as just a cheap conditioner. I think both work so well! Conditioner is meant to impart moisture, so when you use it to shave, it also calms down your hair follicles to give you a smoother, closer shave. Ultimately, that’s what we all want because if we can squeeze an extra day in between shaves…well, I know I will!
Which Way To Shave
I was taught to shave against the hair, but did you know that while you should wax against, you should always shave in the same direction? You may miss a hair or two the first time, but you can make a quick second pass to shave off those stragglers. When you shave in the same direction as the hair, you are less likely to irritate your hair follicles, which is what causes the razor bump problem in the first place.
Immediately. Use a product immediately – well, as soon as you’re dried off. You have so many options to choose from, and a lot of them are products you can probably already find in your home. Lotion, hydrocortisone cream, and aftershave are all so helpful to prevent razor bumps before it gets .
Moisturizer should always be your first step once you dry off your silky smooth legs because hydration heals the tiny tears in your skin. Even if you don’t notice any razor bumps, you should lotion up. My go-to lotion after I shave is Eucerin. I’ve been using it after I shave since I was a teenager and it hasn’t let me down.
You can get hydrocortisone cream at any drug store without any sort of prescription, but this one is probably better just for particularly sensitive areas or where you notice razor bumps appearing quickly. Hopefully, you don’t end up with any more razor burn than that, though!
Aftershave is just for men…or is it? Nope! It’s typically marketed at men, but its job is to make your sensitive skin not have problems like razor burn. If you live with a man, you can even just steal his and not even have to get your own.
This is the product you may be least likely to have in your house, but I bet a ton of people still have it. Turns out aloe vera isn’t good for just sunburns, but it’s also really good for razor burns!
With all products, be careful as you get closer to the more sensitive parts of your body, like shaving your bikini line. Anywhere you may get an internal infection (think UTI – ugh, so painful!), go for the most natural option, so in this case, probably aloe vera.
Shaving Cheat Sheet
- Check your razor and replace if necessary.
- Wet, warm, and clean your skin.
- Use a product – shaving cream or even cheap conditioner.
- Shave in the same direction of the hair, not against it.
- Dry and immediately use another product: lotion, hydrocortisone cream, aftershave, aloe vera.
- Clean and dry razor, then store in a dry place.
Do you know of some other ways to avoid razor bumps/burns? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!