What Is Razor Burn?
Razor burn is a skin condition whereby the skin is inflammed and has pimple-like bumps on it. It’s uncomfortable, unsightly, and sometimes a bit painful. This is a fairly common condition linked to shaving; more often associated with a close shave.
Safety razors are known to give a close shave. Therefore, getting a close shave often means you’ll suffer from some ingrown hairs. So does this mean you need to stop using this type of razor in order to avoid suffering from razor burn? No! A safety razor is one of the best zero waste solutions to shaving. You just need to take good care of your skin and you should be sorted.
How Do You Prevent Razor Burn?
There are certainly steps you can take to look after your skin and prevent razor burn. Let’s have a look at some simple things you can do:
- Dry brush – Start your bathroom routine by using a dry body brush. This is the best way I have found to help me get rid of dead skin. This has many benefits including helping improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, it encourages new cell renewel, and makes your skin appear smoother and brighter. I have sensitive skin, so often find I avoid dry brushing the morning after I shave. The evening is usually fine though. You just need to find the right balance so you don’t anger your skin.
- Choose a good quality razor (Ideally not plastic)
- Replace the blades often (After approximately 5 shaves for the legs, or 10-20 for the face)
- Ensure you are warm before shaving. You do NOT want to shave whilst you have goose bumps! It’s ideal to have a bath first, or wait for a few minutes in the shower before beginning.
- If you have sensitive skin you can shave down, in the direction of the hair growth. It sounds strange, but it is less irritating to your skin.
- Shave less. Give the area time to heal by shaving less frequently.
- Look after your razor by rinsing it after each use.
- Moisturise your skin after shaving. This helps to soothe and hydrate the skin.It also eases any itching which may occur after a close shave.
- Lastly, use a body scrub once a week to help get rid of dry dead skin. This has the added benefit of moisturising your skin (If you use a good quality oil, like coconut oil).
Is There An Easy Way To Learn How To Shave Properly?
Practice, practice, practice. Get your hands on a good quality razor and practice. It’s a skill that takes a while to learn when you have a sharp razor! As with any new skill it takes a while to master, but it’s worth persevering.
Keep in mind the tips above and hopefully, like me, you’ll be converted! Using a safety razor is a much better option for the environment. Therefore, by using one you’re helping planet earth.
So, wait no more. Get your hands on a safety razor today!