For many women, razor bumps and shaving seem to go hand-in-hand. There are many creams on the market that claim to treat this problem, but how do you prevent it?
1. Always shave wet.
Shaving dry skin can not only be painful, it can also be counterproductive. When you shave dry, you are setting yourself up for nicks and scratches and rash-like irritation from friction. Dampening your skin prior to applying your shaving product cream (bar soap is not recommended) allows the razor to glide freely for smooth close strokes.
2. Change your blade often.
Not only does hair get stuck in the blade, but coarse hair dulls blades quickly, and constant exposure to moisture causes razor blades to rust unbelievably fast. This can make for an – ouch – rough shave! It is recommended that you change your blade when it no longer shaves close. Avoid the urge to simply exert more pressure on the blade. This timeframe will vary from person to person, depending on how frequently you shave and how coarse your hair is.
3. Moisture is key.
Moisturizing the skin after shaving is one of the most important steps in preventing razor pumps. Applying a good moisturizer will calm irritated skin as well as ensure skin stays soft and supple. Some great natural moisturizers/oils for after shaving include: aloe vera gel, coconut oil, olive oil, and – especially in the winter months – shea butter. These won’t just coat the outer layer of skin like many petroleum-based drug store lotions will, they’ll absorb into it.
4. Exfoliate, exfoliate…. exfoliate
Exfoliation is the secret behind skin that is ALWAYS smooth and glowy. You can use a loofah daily with your favourite body wash (mine is Dove Moisture), you can dry brush a few times a week, you can use an exfoliating scrub or body sugar… the possibilities are endless. Go according to your personal preference and incorporate it into your routine.
Why is it so important? Exfoliation removes dry skin cells, which dull the appearance of the skin, and reveals a layer of fresh smooth cells. These newer cells don’t just look and feel better, they absorb moisture more easily.
Instead of searching for that “miracle cure”, try putting these tips into practice consistently. Making sure that your skin stays in good condition and avoiding poor shaving practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent razor bumps.