While “razor burn” sounds like a cool punk garage band name you’d come up with in high school, the real life version is certainly not glamorous. Find out how you can avoid the painful burning, bumps and stinging that can often result from improper shaving technique as well as why it happens in the first place.
Like a carpet burn or road rash, razor burn is all about excess friction. It can happen while you shave for a number of reasons, but they all boil down to the fact that your blade is dragging across skin and snagging hair follicles when it should be gliding across them.
Here a few tips for razor burn prevention. Don’t let it happen to you!
minutes. You can use a piping hot towel or stand with your mug pointed at the shower head a little longer before you shave.
Use a high-quality shaving cream with skin moisturizing ingredients; keeping your skin soft and stretchy prevents dragging.
Use an aftershave, face balm or moisturizer post shave, and definitely avoid harsh aftershave products made with alcohol. As Patrick Bateman tells us: “Alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older.”