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    How To Prevent Razor Burn

    2 min read
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    We’ve discovered the 6 best ways to stop razor burn and created this guide for all razor burn sufferers!  

    Razor burn – those sore, red, and often bumpy patches that sometimes appear after shaving – is no joke. But even if you are one of the unlucky few with sensitive skin, this common shaving issue is never inevitable. A good wet and dry electric shaver, better shaving technique and proper aftercare can make all the difference. Here are six excellent ways on how to prevent razor burn.

    What you will need:

    • Water
    • Exfoliating facial scrub
    • Shaving cream
    • moisturiser
    • Shaving brush
    • Electric Shaver

    How to prevent razor burn before shaving

    How do you get rid of razor burn? Soothing razor burn treatments can help calm the skin after the damage is done, but prevention is the best cure. That means having good shaving preparation.
    1) Exfoliate and cleanse
    Always start your shave by washing and exfoliating your face – it’s worth the five extra minutes. Exfoliation is key, as it shifts dead skin cells and dirt from the top layer of your skin, and brings ingrown hairs to the surface. There’s no need to go to town, though. Just use a light exfoliating facial scrub in the shower before shaving to prepare the skin and prevent razor burn. Then wait and cool down for a sec. You want your pores open, but if your skin is too hot and puffy, you won’t get a good shave.
    Man using shaving cream to soften skin before shaving
    2. Soften the hair up
    Whether you’re partial to shaving cream, lotion, or gel, it’s a good idea to soften up the hair for a better shave. Using a shaving brush to apply it can help you get full coverage, while leaving it to sit for a few minutes (just minutes, mind) can help soften the hair further.

    How to prevent razor burn while shaving

    Bad shaving is one of the main causes of razor burn. Try refining your technique with these easy steps:
    Man using shaving technique to prevent razor burn
    3. Shave better
    With a manual razor, you’re often scraping against the skin, removing a thin layer each time. As you can imagine, this can easily lead to cuts and irritation, causing the eventual razor burn. Using an electric rotary shaver in a circular motion can help you get at hairs without multiple passes, as it helps the hairs to stick up. Use only light pressure, and try not to go over the same area repeatedly. The result? An easier (and pain-free) experience.

    Rinsing shaver with water under a tap to clean before use
    4. Work with clean, sharp tools
    Make sure to rinse your electric shaver or razor before, after, and during the shave at regular intervals. If you’re using a manual razor, remember to replace it often – dull blades will need more passes to catch the hairs, it could cause further skin irritation.

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    What you need

    Shaver series 6000

    Wet and dry electric shaver

    S6650/48

    Shaver series 6000 Wet and dry electric shaver

    S6650/48

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    Suggested retail price: $299.00

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    Suggested retail price: $299.00

    Reduces skin irritation

    The Philips Series 6000 delivers a perfectly clean shave and reduces skin irritation at the same time. It has Anti-Friction coating that creates a smooth surface and effortlessly glides over your skin for less irritation. See all benefits

    How to prevent razor burn after shaving

    Even if you’ve given your skin the gentlest shave of all time, aftercare is one of the best ways to prevent razor burn:
    Man washing his face after a shave to help stop razor burn
    5. Apply products that will soothe the skin
    After your shave, rinse your skin with warm water and pat it dry: don’t rub. Then apply a moisturiser or aftershave balm – just avoid anything alcohol-based, as it may cause skin irritation. 

    6) Wait for longer intervals between shaves
    If you’re particularly prone to razor burn, it can help to give your skin more recovery time in between shaves.

     

    That’s it. Shake up your shaving routine with our tips on preventing razor burn, and you’ll soon see a difference.

    Find more best practice shaving tips for all our easy to follow guides.

    For more advice on shaving with sensitive skin, check out our guide to tackling skin irritation or beating razor bumps. And if all else fails, you can always grow our your hair into a full beard. Almost anyone can pull one off, after all.

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