The art of shaving - how to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs

Whether you suffer from razor bumps and the painful ingrown hairs or not depends on the shaving equipment and the shaving products you use when removing facial hair by shaving. When you use a razor blade it removes moisture from the skin and makes the facial hair blunt, both of which can lead to the hair to bend backwards and grow in to the skin, creating ingrown hairs which will lead to redness, irritation and potential soreness.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of razor bumps and those painful ingrown hairs. So, what measures can one take to help alleviate the problem of razor bumps as well as ingrown hairs and the issues that each one brings about?

One solution to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs is to use shaving oil. When using shaving oil you apply it to your face before applying a layer of regular shaving gel or cream. The shaving oil will sit on the skin and create a barrier to protect it. The shaving oil makes the razor blade glide, as opposed to dragging across the skin, which results in a closer and more comfortable shave and leaving soft and pliable skin. Skin that is soft and pliable is more difficult for hairs to grow back in to, therefore the reducing the likelihood of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. There are many different companies that make shaving oil, so there are plenty of brands to choose from.An alternative to shaving oil is to use a barrier that is in a stick form. This stick acts in exactly the same way as shaving oil and is used in the same way.

Another solution is to use a good quality shaving brush that is made out of badger hair. Many people will apply the shaving cream or gel using their hands, which is ok but not as good as using a good quality shaving brush. When shaving gel or cream is applied with a shaving brush the facial hair is lifted, making it stand proud. When using a razor blade on facial hair that is standing proud it results in a closer shave and the razor blade cuts the facial hair more bluntly, instead of at an angle. When facial hair is cut at an angle it leaves a sharp tip that can bend backwards and pierce the skin easier. This will result in razor bumps and ingrown hairs. A shaving brush is a shaving accessory that is usually associated with manscaping and male grooming however a shaving brush will also work for lady shaving.

Another way of preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs is to use a clarisonic to apply your shaving cream or gel. The clarisonic was designed for cleansing, however it can also be used to make facial hair stand up, resulting in a closer shave that is comfortable. A clarisonic maybe powerful but it is great at cleansing and exfoliating, which helps prevents razor bumps and ingrown hairs even more. Cleansing and exfoliation results in clear and bright skin, therefore you can also use the clarisonic on your entire face for even more health and beauty benefits.

A wet razor and a new razor blade, along with some shaving gel, is all that is needed for a close and comfortable shave, which should prevent those razor bumps and painful ingrown hairs.

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Dry skin provides the perfect environment for razor bumps and ingrown hairs therefore you must retain moisture in your skin when shaving facial hair to avoid razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Many shaving creams and gels are made out of ingredients, such as alcohol, laureth sulphate and lauryl sulphate, all of which can dry out your skin. In order to reduce the chance of razor bumps and ingrown hairs you need to keep away from shaving creams and gels containing these ingredients, so make sure you read the labels of shaving creams and gels closely. Buy shaving creams and gels that don’t contain these ingredients, but contain moisturising ingredients and you should see a noticeable decrease in razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

Using an aftershave lotion will also help reduce the amount of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Shaving with a razor blade will exfoliate the skin, so the skin needs to be protected and nourished after shaving. There are hundreds of different aftershave lotions on the market, but not all of them are suitable for nourishing skin and replenishing the moisture. Many aftershave lotions contain alcohol which will kill bacteria and stop infections, but will not moisturise the skin. Once again, you need to read the label of the aftershave lotions carefully and select the right one.

Changing your razor blade can also help in the battle against razor bumps and ingrown hairs. A dull and used razor blade is likely to hold bacteria which can be transferred to the skin during the next shave. In order to get rid of any bacteria it is important to thoroughly rinse your razor blade in hot water after each and every shave. Always use a good quality and sharp razor blade so stay away from the cheap and nasty Bic style of disposable razors. If you get razor bumps and ingrown hairs try changing your brand and type of razor and razor blades. Some people find razors with multiple razor blades irritate their skin and will create razor bumps and ingrown hairs, whereas other don’t. Similarly, some people find shaving with an electric razor results in razor bumps and ingrown hairs, whereas others don’t. The trick is to find the best type of razor and razor blade for your skin in order to keep those razor bumps and ingrown hairs at bay.

If you suffer from razor bumps and painful ingrown hairs try changing what you shave with. If you usually use a wet shave razor and a razor blade try an electric shaver and vice versa.

An electric shaver - a great manscaping toolCredit:

In summary.......

If you are plagued by razor bumps and ingrown hairs there are several different things you can try to sort out the problem. The secret to preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs to ensure your skin remains moist and to cut the hairs bluntly, i.e. so they don’t have a sharp tip that may pierce the skin if the hair bends backwards. So, use a shaving oil, apply your regular shaving cream or gel with a shaving brush, use a sharp and clean razor blade and then apply a moisturising aftershave lotion to the skin after you have shaved off your facial hair and you should see a big reduction in razor bumps and ingrown hairs.