Fix Your Shaving Mistakes, Because Razor Burn Is The Worst

Shaving. It’s one of those things we all have to do (unless of course, you’re going for that hipster look). But no matter how carefully we try to shave, our bodies fight back, reminding us that, deep down, we’re mammals and we’re hairy.

So what can be done? How can we finally stop wasting money on razors, only for them to leave us with itchy, cut and bumpy skin? Take a look at some of these ideas.

Ditch Your Old Razor

Although you might be on a budget, one area where you really can’t cut back is on razors. Using the same disposable razor for month after month will irritate your skin and leave you with a higher probability of nicks. The problem with continuously reusing disposable razors has to do with the way that your hair, shaving foam and moisture affect the blades. Over time, the blades dull and become cracked on the microscopic level. Instead of being smooth and providing a clean cut, some parts of the blade become blunted, causing the blade to tug at hair, rather than sweep right through it.

Reflection of a guy in the bathroom mirror after shaving


Rather than have your face bleed for hours each time you shave, consider upping your shaving budget. Sites like have lots of information on the best types of razors to choose, depending on your situation. Updating your shaving utensils might cost you a bit of money, but it won’t break the bank.

Exfoliate First

The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub


Why bother exfoliating? Well, the main reason is that it helps to get rid of all the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin that could clog up the razor blade. Get rid of the dead skin cells first. This will help the razor to pass closer to the surface of the skin and help prevent the dreaded razor burn.

Rinse The Blade Between Strokes

Every time you pull the razor blade over your skin, it collects a mishmash of dead skin cells, shaving foam, hairs, and pus. Not nice. This buildup doesn’t happen gradually either – it’s super fast. This is why it is a good idea to rinse the razor blade between strokes, reducing your chances of getting razor burn and having to put liters of ointment on your skin afterward to soothe it.

You Press Too Hard

Another common problem when shaving is pressing too hard according to Using more pressure doesn’t actually help you shave closer. In fact, all it tends to do is cause more dead skin cells to accumulate between the blades, leading to a harsher shave overall. Razors don’t need to be pressed into the skin to work. Instead, they should just glide over the top of it with relatively little effort. If you’ve got to really tug to remove the hairs, then there’s a good chance that you need a new blade.

You Dry Shave

Do you ever shave, get ready for work, and then realize you missed a bit? It’s seriously annoying, isn’t it? It is imperative, however, that you resist the urge to “dry shave” otherwise you risk irritation and a red face for the rest of the day.

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