For most men, a daily shaving routine is no big deal. When you have sensitive skin, however, shaving can become an uncomfortable source of razor burn, bumps, dryness, and redness.
Fortunately, you too can get that clean-shaven look without the added stress and discomfort. Here are a few helpful shaving tips for men with sensitive skin.
Before you even think about picking up the razor, cleanse your skin to eliminate impurities. Use warm water and a soap-free cleanser, marked specifically for sensitive skin. These products typically have lower ph levels, which makes them gentler on sensitive skin. You should also avoid antibacterial products with perfumes and dyes.
After cleansing, give your face a few minutes to adjust before you start shaving. Pressing a hot towel against your face prior to shaving also can soften up facial stubble, creating less resistance as you shave. This, in turn, can reduce skin irritation and give you a more comfortable shave.
Moisturize or exfoliate
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, it may prove beneficial to exfoliate or moisturize your skin before you start shaving. Doing so can help the razor blade slide more smoothly across your face.
Pick a product formulated for sensitive skin, or consider using aloe, almond oil or emu oil to soften your skin. Exfoliating scrubs can also help create a smooth surface for your blade to travel across, removing dead skin and decreasing the chance for nicks.
Choose your shaving blade and aid
The razor blade and shaving aid you choose are especially important with sensitive skin. Choose a shaving cream for sensitive skin, or consider using shave oil, which offers an extra measure of protection between your skin and the blade.
To minimize friction from razors, men with straight hair should use no more than two- or three-blade razors and men with curly or coarse hair should use a single blade razor. Change the blade often, as dull blades require more force and are more likely to cause irritation. In general, you shouldn’t use the same blade to shave more than four or five times.
Shave in the right direction
Always shave in the direction that your hair grows with short, gentle strokes. Pressing down hard and shaving against the grain of your hair can cause rashes, bumps and lingering discomfort.
Clean the blade often
As you shave, rinse the blade in the sink after every couple of strokes. Excess cream and hair can clog up your razor, making it less effective and more likely to cause irritation. Rinse your blade frequently to maximize your razor’s efficiency and avoid having to shave the same area twice.
When you’re finished shaving, rinse your face with cold water to help reduce inflammation. Gently pat your face dry with a clean towel, and let your skin recover for a few minutes before applying an aftershave, oil or balm made for sensitive skin.