One of the big challenges of shaving is trying to learn how to avoid razor bumps. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution—so much depends on your skin type, hair type, and other factors such as the humidity or dryness of where you live—skin irritation can definitely be reduced with the right choices of skin care and the right tools in your men's grooming kit.
Skin Care: Simple Steps for Great Results
Reducing skin irritation can happen easily once you commit to a skin care routine. That doesn’t have to be complicated! Just a few simple steps can make the difference between a shave with razor burn, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs, and an electric shaver with smooth, stress-free skin.
Keeping your face clean
A good face wash will not only help eliminate dirt and grime, but it will also help prevent inflammation and ingrown hairs. Wash your face with warm water (not hot) twice a day and make sure all of the soap is rinsed away. When you dry your face, avoid rubbing with a towel and instead gently pat dry.
Yes, everyone (including men) should moisturize
Dryness can lead to irritated, aggravated skin, so it’s important to keep your skin soft and hydrated, especially during the winter months when the air is drier. A good moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated all throughout the day. Try Molton Brown Ultra-light Bai Ji Hydrator for nourished, moisturized skin with minimal shine.
Oil before you shave
Pre-shave oil will help protect your skin and soften up your hair to make each stroke of the shaver or trimmer go that much more smoothly. Plus, you'll get the extra benefit of added hydration for your skin. Just massage a few drops into your beard and let it sink into the hairs and your skin before you go to town with your grooming device.
Opt-in for shaving cream
Applying a shaving cream, foam or gel to your face will help soften hair and cushion your skin to help prevent friction while you shave or trim. But remember, don’t go overboard on the later – you’ll want to keep it to a minimum, so you won’t get lost in the suds!
Panasonic MultiShape: Your Secret Weapon for Healthy Skin
When done with the proper tools, both the process of removing hair and the end result should both be super smooth. The MultiShape 3-Blade Shaver Head is made to be comfortable and gentle on your face, with hypoallergenic Japanese stainless steel blades that will help to minimize irritation. When you shave, use light pressure and avoid pressing the electric razor too hard into your face. Then, use downward strokes, shaving with the direction of hair growth.
Depending on your skin sensitivity, you may do better by skipping the aftershave and simply place a cool, damp washcloth on your skin.
Rinse and Repeat
To help keep razor bumps at bay, consider shaving daily or every 2–3 days, keep up your regular routine to wash and moisturize, and use a gentle, powerful MultiShape electric razor.