When it comes to personal grooming there is nothing quite like a smooth shave to give you a great start to the day. It isn’t just a smart suit and tie that helps you create a great first impression with the people you meet - a smooth, clean shave can really help to present an image of someone who is calm, competent and in control.
If only it was that easy to achieve a smooth, clean shave….
There are dozens of men at any given time who are walking around sporting the evidence of a less than perfect shave. Razor burn or bumps are unpleasant side effects of not shaving properly. Let’s face it, we've all been there and boy is it uncomfortable.
The worst thing is, it doesn’t seem too bad at first and then it starts - that horrible itchy feeling. Razor burn doesn’t just ruin your perfect shave, it can look bad too. Help is on hand, though. With the right tools, you can put razor burn and razor bumps firmly behind you and enjoy smooth, clean shaving all the time.
With this in mind, here are our 5 simple tips on how to prevent acne in men and razor bumps when you shave...
1. Prepare Your Face
Preparation is important if you want to make sure that you achieve a really smooth and razor bump free shave. You should start by softening your beard or stubble. Nice soft facial hair is much easier to remove than coarse hair, which can also make the edges of your razor blade duller. Remember those old movies where the barber covers his clients face with a hot wet cloth? Well this is the reason. However, you don’t need a hot cloth, simply shaving after you take your shower will work just as well. The hot steam will help to soften up the hairs on your face leaving them ready for shaving.
Whilst you are washing with a men's face wash you might as well spend a littlew extra time massaging your face. This will help prepare your face by removing dead skin cells, but it will also help to coax any hairs that could be verging on ingrowing out of hiding – this by the way, in case you were wondering, is a razor bump.
2. Use A Great Razor
A workman is only as good as his tools so if you want to do a good job of shaving you need the right tools, starting with your razor. Get a good quality razor that is sharp and does the job well. You might be thinking more blades mean a better shave, but the best ones to prevent acne and razor bumps occurring are not the ones with the most blades but one with just a single blade or two at the most! That’s right, don’t be sucked in by all those adverts on the TV for multiple blade razors; simple is best. A safety razor is the type that is least likely to cause you any issues. Make sure that your razor is sharp, so changing it regularly is a good idea. A dull blade can cause more trauma to the skin and is more likely to contribute to razor burn or bumps. You should aim to make one clean cut over each sector of the hair you are cutting, going over it again is more likely to cause irritation, which is exactly why you should avoid those razors with multiple blades!
3. Keep Your Razor Clean
Taking a few minutes to look after your razor after each use will help prolong its life and keep it doing a better job for longer. You probably know how important it is to rinse it between strokes to remove all the little hairs from the blade to give you a smoother shave. However. It’s just as important to wash and then rinse it well after use. Make sure that you dry it after you have done this to prevent any rusting which could dull the blade and cause you issues when you come to use it the next time.
4. Develop Good Shaving Techniques
Shaving isn’t just about dragging a razor over your stubble. In fact, dragging is not something you should do with a razor at all. Start by using a good product that is suitable for your skin type and create a nice lather. Use light short strokes of the razor over the stubble and if you do just one thing then remember to shave with the direction of the hair growth. Do not be tempted to shave against the direction of the hair growth. Firstly, it’ll cause you a fair amount of pain, and secondly because this can encourage your hairs to grow in the wrong direction leading to them becoming ingrown. This has the potential to lead to acne. If you need to go over a part of your skin a second time don’t forget to re-lather that bit, otherwise you will end up irritating your skin.
5. Clean And Soothe Your Skin
So, you have finally finished shaving and you are happy that you have got every hair you wanted. Your face is smooth and fuzz free but covered in residual lather. Now here’s another important tip. Don’t just wipe the remaining later off rinse it with cool water and then pat your face dry. These final steps are just as important as the first ones. Leaving lather residue on your skin could mean that you end up blocking your pores, and then you run the risk of the acne you managed to avoid by shaving so carefully in the first place! And, if you really want to treat your skin then slap on a little men's face moisturizer; there are plenty that are suitable for men and work really well on a smooth freshly shaved face.
So, if you want to know how to prevent razor bumps when shaving, or reduce the likelihood of getting acne, follow these simple tips. While we can’t guarantee that they will stop you from having issues with your skin, they will definitely help.