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You’re in a rush, on the way to work. You jump out of the shower hurry through a shave. Then boom, an hour or two later you’re wondering why your face is red and itchy. A smooth shave isn’t brain surgery, but it does require a little preparation and technique. With the right tools and the right approach, you can set yourself free from razor burn for good - starting right now.
1. Pre Shave Ritual - Hot Water is King
Even though your hair isn’t alive, its shape and texture still change in response to different temperatures and moisture levels. That’s why it’s important to start with a hot shower - at least five minutes under steamy water before you start shaving - to soften up your facial hair and make it easier to cut. Just don’t stand under the hot water for longer than ten minutes - at that point your skin will start to swell, so shaving will leave stubble behind.
2. Shave Tools - Quality over Quantity
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a smooth shave - you just have to know which tools to buy, and when to replace them. If you’re willing to spend little extra on a Safety Razor with replaceable blades, you’ll get much tighter control over your shave than you would with a cheap disposable razor. Buying tons of disposable razors, on the other hand, is more than just wasteful - their blades are usually also lower quality than the blades that are designed to be replaced.
3. Razor Blade - Sharp. Sharp. Sharp.
We all want to save money - but reusing the same razor blades too many times is not a smart way to save. After a few shaves, even the best blades start to wear down enough to burn your skin. So after every five shaves max, replace your razorblade with a brand new one. You’ll notice the difference right away.
4. After Shave Ritual - Alcohol After Shave
Although it’s important to replace a dull razor blade, your blade might not be as dull as you think. After a few shaves, microscopic structures known as “teeth” start to form on the edge of the blade - and these can often cause razor burn as they scrape against your skin. The simple solution is to use a quality “Alcohol” based After-Shave. This helps prevent irritation in the form of microscopic germs/bacteria that build up on the skin and promote burning/itching after a shave.
And that’s all there is to a razor burn-free shave. With the right preparation, the right tools, and the right skin care, you’ll get that smooth, soft post-shave skin you’re looking for.