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If you have sensitive skin, you likely dread having to shave. You know the result is your skin being highly irritated and you’re stuck dealing with the unpleasant experience the rest of your day and sometimes longer.
The goal of this article is to help you survive your daily shave by giving you several tips to improve your shave routine tailored for men with sensitive skin. So, allow us to share a little knowledge and hopefully, we can improve your future in shaving.
How Does Sensitive Skin Make Shaving Difficult?
If you’ve never experienced it then it’s hard to know the struggle some men go through with shaving. It’s good to understand these issues because even if you haven’t had issues with sensitive skin before that could change as you grow older. Some men aren’t so lucky and have to deal with these issues daily.
Having sensitive skin increases your odds have many shaving related problems. You’re more likely to experience razor rash, ingrown hairs, redness, itchiness, and general irritation. Facial hair is much different than hair anywhere else on your body. It’s a rougher thicker hair type and it can be unkind to your skin.
This makes shaving your face difficult. Modern multi-blade razors can be a nightmare to shave with. The more blades they have the more your skin is going to suffer. That’s why we’ve put together 5 tips to help you survive your daily shave with sensitive skin.
5 Tips for Shaving with Sensitive Skin
If you take action with as many of the following 5 steps as you possibly can you will have a much better shaving experience. You shouldn’t dread the act of shaving but instead, look forward to it. Here’s what you need to do to help your sensitive skin survive.
#1 Preparation is Important
One of the biggest mistakes men make is not taking any preparation steps in their shave routine. If you shave by jumping right into wetting your face, applying shave cream, and shaving then this is going to be a huge upgrade for you.
Instead, try to always shave after having a warm shower. This relaxes your skin, opens your pores, and softens your hair follicles. It gets your hair and skin in the right environment to be shaved.
During your shower make sure to exfoliate your skin. You want to scrub away excess dirt, oil, and remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating also helps smaller hairs under the skin breakthrough which prevents ingrown hairs.
#2 Change Your Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is often overlooked as a possible culprit for skin issues. However, many shaving creams are full of synthetic ingredients and different fragrances. These can cause contact based irritation and start your shave off bad right from the start.
Instead aim to use shave butters and creams that use all-natural ingredients and no fragrance. Any added scents can potentially cause skin irritation.
If you’re the DIY type you could venture out to make your own shaving oil. Similar to beard oil recipes, shave oil can be a great alternative to the creams, butters, and waxes out there. This way you have complete control of what’s going into your shaving product.
[Read: How to use Pre-Shave Oil]
#3 Put Down the Multi-Blade Razor
Modern cartridge razors are doing nothing but causing you more trouble. The more blades your razor has the more likely your skin is going to suffer for it. Each stroke of the razor runs multiple blades across your skin and each razor blade counts as a single pass.
If you have 5 blades that’s 5 passes over one spot with one stroke. This is causing all sorts of issues for your sensitive skin and swapping your razor out for a safety razor is going to change your world.
Safety razors only require one single blade to shave with and believe it or not they provide a better overall shave. There is a small learning curve when you begin using them, but you should be able to learn quickly.
Since safety razors only use a single razor blade it gives you more control over your shaves. You don’t have to run the blade across your skin more than what’s necessary.
#4 Storing Your Razor
When you’re done shaving take a few seconds to pat your razor dry and store it in a dry location. This ensures your razor is ready to go the next time you plan to use it. It also makes your blades last longer and prevents oxidation and bacteria from forming on your blade.
If you’re leaving your razor in the shower or not drying it off you’re opening yourself up to excess bacteria that’s going to irritate your skin. You could potentially open yourself up to worse issues if you were to cut yourself and get an infection.
A lot of people have the bad habit of leaving their razors in the shower or wet so don’t be one of them. It only takes a few seconds to dry it off and store it away. Your skin will thank you and you’re going to get a lot more uses out of each blade.
#5 Post-Shave Routine
Your post-shave routine can be as important as your pre-shave routine. When you’ve finished shaving do the following: wet your face with cold water, towel dry, and apply a facial moisturizer.
A finishing cold splash tightens your skin, closes your pores, and can also help with any nicks or cuts. It’s also important to wash off any excess shaving cream left over, and excess dead skin cells your razor left behind.
Finishing with a facial moisturizer keeps your skin healthy. Shaving can dry out your skin so re-moisturizing is important. If you think it sounds like an extra step you don’t need just give it a shot. I hear that often from men who’ve never experienced the beneficial effects it has on your skin.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and have found some of the 5 tips above helpful. Do as many as you can to improve your shaving routine and help your sensitive skin. If you’ve never tried a safety razor before it’ll be one of the biggest changes you can make, and you’ll likely never look back to using a multi-blade razor ever again.
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