How to Prevent and Treat Post-Shave Irritation

Razor burn is the bane of any guy’s post-shave existence.

Redness, bumps, nicks and cuts can happen even when you think you’ve gotten a perfect shave, but the key to avoiding all this is to improve your shave regimen. A good shaving regimen is key when it comes to men’s skin care. It starts with using the right products — and taking steps to prevent those pesky razor bumps in the first place.

Dull Razors and Other Bad Habits

A dull razor and dry shaving are a recipe for razor bumps, redness and cuts. Not exfoliating before and after you shave also leads to bumpy skin. Exfoliating before you shave gets rid of dead skin cells and positions the hairs in the same direction, leading to a smoother shave. And forget about dry shaving — it’s no good. Your skin should be hydrated before you shave. Shave after you shower, wash your face with hot water or at least apply a warm towel for a few minutes to moisten and soften the hairs on your face first.

Step Up Your Shave Game

We get it. It’s so much easier to buy the men’s shaving products on sale or the brands that everyone sees in commercials. But too often these products aren’t the best thing for your face.

Most of them contain parabens, dyes and other unnatural ingredients that add to your post-shave grief. Every time you shave, you remove the protective barrier that guards your skin from irritation. Shaving also dehydrates the skin, which means you have to use the right products to restore moisture. A good product will contain aloe, which has antioxidants that increase blood circulation and help to soften and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smoother and more refreshed.

A good pre-shave oil is essential. Look for one that contains all-natural ingredients like castor and grape seed oils, which stimulates skin repair. Razor bumps often pop up because your skin isn’t lubricated enough, so the first step to perfecting your shave regimen is to make sure your razor has glide. Apply pre-shave oil before your shaving cream and you’ll be on the road to a smoother shave.  

Don’t shave without a premium shave cream. It should strengthen and hydrate your skin and contain ingredients (like aloe and shea butter) that minimize ingrown hairs, which lead to razor bumps. Apply it evenly all over your face to get the good glide we mentioned before.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

In the battle against razor bumps, there are three things you need: oil, cream — and last but not least — moisturizer. Moisturizer tones and rejuvenates the skin, adding much-needed hydration after your skin has been stripped of moisture during the shaving process. Men’s lotions are a must. If you do everything else right but skip this critical step, you can say goodbye to a smooth shave and hello to bumpy skin.

We all sometimes get lazy with our grooming, but the results always show up on our face. Every guy should put his best face forward every day, and you can’t do that with a jawline full of razor bumps. So if you’ve been slacking, it’s time to step up your shave game. A little bit of effort will help you avoid plenty of irritation.