It’s easy to blame the horror-movie-antagonists that are irritation, itchy skin with rashes, flakes, tiny bumps, and other razor burn symptoms that afflict your chin, jawline, and upper lip purely on your shaving technique. But if you want to improve your shaving game and slay the villains on your face to reveal a smooth and peaceful complexion, you certainly want to consider many factors. Razor type, cream or gel type, and how often you shave. How can you prevent your skin from being irritated or itchy after shaving?
But what if the trick is actually centered around what you do in supplement to the shaving process? What if what you do every day in addition to shaving can make all the difference? It sounds like it might be overly time-consuming to take up a whole new skincare routine, but it’s a lot easier than you think now that technology has brought us fantastic hybrid products and more effective quick solutions. Check out these mistakes you’ve probably been making and some super-easy things you can switch up to improve itchy skin with rashes and redness and achieve better skin overall.
1.Skipping Using Cleanser
Oftentimes it’s not the shaving process itself that is creating issues and causing itchy skin after shaving, but what you do in addition or around it. If you’re experiencing itchy skin with rashes, razor burn, and worsened acne scarring, then you should consider using a better cleansing routine. It may seem unrelated to your itchy skin after shaving, but it actually makes a huge difference.
Shaving does help to scrape away unwanted skin imperfections and dead skin cells that are ready to meet their ends, but sometimes it can irritate your skin if you are shaving over delicate skin issues and irritated, itchy skin with bumps. New acne on a bacteria-ridden surface will only get more irritated and worsen your itchy skin after shaving. It’s because the bacteria is trapped in if you shave over it without using cleanser regularly, which means you are essentially perpetuating a dermatological vicious cycle.
Itchy skin with bumps and redness are further worsened if your razor is building up bacteria as well, so it might be a good idea to rinse it well with a cleanser in addition to your face. Sometimes, rather than the hair follicles or the wrong shaving technique itself, it’s the bacteria and general skin health that is destroying your ability to shave smoothly and indirectly leading to your itchy skin with rashes.
So how should you properly cleanse the sensitive area you are constantly shaving and save it from roughness and from being itchy after shaving?
Using a cleanser before shaving works decently, but it is a bit harder to scrub away the dirt that may be trapped in the hair follicles. Cleansing afterwards works well, but even that takes an extra step in your busy morning. Cleansing and shaving at the same time can actually work quite well and help you slay and wash away all the little monsters breeding on your face and soothe your skin while simultaneously guiding you through a smooth shave! Boldnine’s new Shave While You Wash(will be released in February) shaving and cleansing duo can save you an extra step and help to prevent and reduce skin irritation and itchiness after shaving
2. Shaving Before Showering
Have you been shaving on a dried-out face before showering? If your skin is itchy after shaving, it might be related to dryness and the friction your skin is subjected to during the shave. The razor catches on the skin because the friction is still there despite the shaving cream or gel that is not absorbing and is instead floating over the top of your skin. Shaving after a good shower, where the water has been well absorbed into the skin of your face and softened it during your shower, opens up the pores and allows the skin to be smoother and plumped. This simple step prevents cuts and razor burn and keeps your skin from getting itchy after shaving. Letting your razor blades glide more smoothly on your hydration-plumped skin certainly won’t lead you astray.
3. Too Much Water and Not Enough Foam
A towel-dried face after a shower and very lightly wettened hands make for a proper lather that isn’t too watery and doesn’t drip down your face, leaving it vulnerable to the friction of scratchy blades. It absolutely depends on the product and how it reacts to water, but better quality products often require less water to lather them to a proper amount of foaminess. Boldnine’s Shave While You Wash (will be released in February) shaving and cleansing cream duo works well with a small amount of water on your hands and a face that has been well towel-patted (not wiped) dry before dispensing the product onto your hands.
4. Not Moisturizing Well Enough After Shaving and Between Shaves
After shaving, your skin is vulnerable to dryness and some soothing aftershave or a good moisturizer is essential. This is also true after a shower. A very common mistake is taking too long after your shower and shave to moisturize. Because the moisture your skin has absorbed evaporates and the outer layer of your skin dries out the fastest, it is important to immediately apply moisturizer to seal it in. Moisturizer for dry skin, such as Boldnine Energy On Your Face,can help prevent the vicious cycle of the skin being itchy after shaving, build-up of acne scars and new bacteria creating more acne, and itchy skin with rashes caused by friction of dry skin while shaving.
5. Not Changing the Blades Often Enough
Shaving with the same blade for a very long time just to save money is not worth the risk of cutting yourself or irritating your skin in ways you don’t even realize you are, causing your skin to become dried out, tortured, and itchy after shaving. There are many types of razors and if you are having skin troubles or you find that your skin is itchy after shaving, you may want to try out one you’ve never considered before. Disposable multiblade razors are often sitting in your bathroom gathering gunk. Old blades carry with them bacteria that has been removed while you shaved and you could be continuously reintroducing them onto your skin even if you rinse your razor after each use. Non-disposable razors such as safety razors need to have the blades replaced every few uses, but are at least easier to clean and don’t build up as much problematic dirt, removed skin cells, or hair. No matter your blade type, more than anything else, it’s important to never sacrifice the cleanliness and sharpness of a new blade by reusing old ones for too long if you want to avoid your face being itchy after shaving.
If you keep playing around with your shaving routine and try new things, it is likely you will find the right thing to work with your skin type. It is always important to consider the ingredients of your skincare and shaving products and see the complete picture of everything you’re doing to your face, even in between shaves, to achieve the perfect shave.
Katerina Tsatsomeros, PR manager