Why Expensive Shaving Cream Is Not Always Worth It

People shave with the intentions to have smooth and soft skin. People can buy the best tools and creams on the market that are supposed to give a smooth shave, but somehow razor burn still shows up.

Not only is razor burn unsightly to look at, but it’s also extremely uncomfortable. So are you wondering why your expensive shaving cream is still giving you razor burn? There are many steps to shaving which can lead to razor burn, beyond just the shaving cream you are using. A shaving routine consists of multiple parts and each part is essential to prevent razor burn.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating before you start to shave is an essential first step in any shaving routine. If it is missing from you routine, it could be the reason you are experiencing razor burn. Exfoliating before you shave removes the dead skin and oil that can clog up your razor blade, preventing you from getting that smooth shave. Try using a scrub that is designed to be used when shaving or a loofah if you don’t want to spend money on a scrub to prepare the skin for shaving.

Use a Brush

Using a shaving brush can prevent razor burn by lifting the hair away from the skin. When the hair is raised away from the skin it allows for a closer shave, which will help prevent razor burn. You can use a shaving brush for your face or a dry brush. A dry brush, which is perfect for larger areas like legs, is a great tool to use before and after exfoliating. It will help remove dead skin and raise the hair, allowing for the smoothest shave possible.

Let it Sit

Let your shaving cream sit for awhile. This is important especially when shaving facial hair. The longer the shaving cream sits, the wetter and softer the hair and area will become. Having a wet and soft area will make it easier when you are shaving, preventing less resistance and irritation when gliding the razor across your skin.

Your Razor Blade

If your razor blade is dull or clogged it is going to prevent you from getting a good shave. Without a close enough shave, itchy irritated skin can occur. So if you are experiencing razor burn, make sure that your razor blade is not clogged or dull.

Razor Choice 

Another reason that you might be experiencing some razor burn is your choice in razors. It might take you a few razors to find one that works for you and your needs. Certain razors might work better in certain areas, so try out a few before you settle on one. If you experience persistent razor burn, try a razor that is targeted for sensitive skin or one with moisture strips. A razor like that can add another layer of prevention when it comes to preventing razor burn.

Shaving Cream

The shaving cream you choose is essential, but just because it is more expensive doesn’t mean that it is better. When shopping for a shaving cream look for one that has a high content of lubricant and moisturizing agents. The less foam in the shaving cream the better shave you will get. So if your expensive shaving cream is not providing these important things, it might be time to switch it out for something new.

Aftershave Products

When you shave, the barrier function of the skin is broken. There are products you can buy at the store that can help to restore the barrier function of the skin. Post-shave lotions that contain niacinamide can help to limit the loss of moisture and can be instrumental in preventing chapped skin. If you are worried about buying a product that could irritate your skin, coconut oil is always an option. Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and can soothe the skin after you shave.

If you are worried about preventing razor burn then you might need to rethink you shaving routine. Whether the expensive shaving cream you have is not working, or if you pre and post shaving care is not doing the trick, maybe some of these tips can help you.

If you’re wondering why your expensive shaving cream is not doing the trick, it might not be the problem. If you suffer from razor bumps look into all aspects of your shaving ritual to see if a certain area needs some work.

Yours truly,

Victor Bertoni for

ILLUSTRATION BY MATT TAYLOR

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