You would be surprised how many people shave poorly, a lot of them not realizing, and others switching to electric because they are convinced that “their skin is too sensitive”. So, how do you avoid shaving rash?
First thing to do is to make sure you aren’t skipping any steps:
- Open and clean those pores! Either take a shower or wash your face with warm water and maybe a little soap. The warm water will open your pores and rinse them out.
- While your skin is still slightly damp, apply soap/gel. Make sure you go against the grain, this will help lift the hairs so you can get a closer shave.
- Shave, with the grain! Going against the grain with a razor can cause irritation and irritation leads to shaving rash.
- Make sure you are using a good tool, but don’t fall for gimmicks such as a vibrating head.
- Rinse your face with warm water (you don’t want your pores closing quite yet). Once the soap is gone, close those pores!
- Rinse your face a second time with cold water, this will close your now clean pores and make sure they don’t get irritated or infected (shaving rash). You may now apply some aftershave if you wish.
Even if you follow all the above steps you could still get shaving rash, so take a look at these extra measures for avoiding shaving rash.
- Consider using a badger-hair brush to apply the soap. It’s a great treat, but it also helps lift the hairs before you shave. Plus, it’ll help clean out your pores even more.
- Don’t ignore the steps of opening and closing your pores. This is the number 1 thing people skip, and one of the biggest causes of shaving rash (after dull blades).
- Don’t rest your razor blades facing down. It’ll trap water around them, causing them to rust and dull; a dull blade will pull more than cut, causing irritation (again, irritation causes shaving rash).
- Don’t wipe your face with a towel, dab it. Even if you did everything just right, your skin is going to be a little sensitive right after a shave, so go easy on it.
A final note on shaving rash
Dull blades are your worst enemy in the fight against shaving rash. You need to change your blades regularly (if you shave every day, than you should swap in a fresh cartridge once a week). With the over inflated prices that brands like Gillette force upon you, regularly changing your blades can get expensive (and a bit of a hassle to keep stocked up). That’s why we launched the BeardedColonel.co.uk. High quality, German-made razors at a fair price, and they’re delivered straight through your letterbox, check it out!
If you follow all this advice I think you’ll find that your skin will feel more resilient and you will get a better shave! If you decide to pick a style for your facial hair, take a look at these hairstyles to find something that will match.