Shorts, skirts, dresses, and bathing suits work to keep us cool throughout the summer. But while we may feel comfortable temperature-wise, some of us can experience skin discomfort. Those of us who remove our body hair by shaving may notice that with more frequent summertime shaving, irritation follows in the form of razor burn. Razor burn can be painful, red, and difficult to conceal which can make it unwelcome and embarrassing. Follow the preventative measures below to try and minimize your irritation after shaving.
Make sure your razors are sharp and clean.
Shaving with a dull razor increases the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs. The more time a razor spends in the shower the more it becomes clogged with hair and bacteria, so it’s important to switch out your blades often. This will not only ensure a smoother shave, but also to prevent skin irritation. If you can, shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize negative effects as well.
Shave less frequently (if you can).
If you are able to go a few days without shaving, do it. Shaving less gives your skin a break and time to heal–plus a much smoother shave. If you are planning on going to the beach, try to hold out on shaving until the night before to minimize any potential razor burn. It is super important to allow your skin some time to rest and rejuvenate!
Remember to moisturize and exfoliate.
It is important to exfoliate your skin before you shave in order to remove dead skin cells. This will help ensure that you get a smooth shave with minimal risk for agitation. After you shave make sure to apply moisturizer to soothe and hydrate your skin. Choose a moisturizer and exfoliant that you know will not irritate your skin–beware of harsh chemicals and ingredients.