Shaving Technique for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can be a burden for those who have to deal with it every day, and those who’ve given up on shaving altogether. Whether it’s ingrown hairs, dry skin, dark patches, blemishes, or razor bumps, sensitive skin is an obstacle to living a normal life. You can’t hide your face when interacting with your professional and social groups throughout the day. That’s why getting a good shave is important and possible.
You can spend all your money on a nice, new razor, but if you’re not wielding it correctly, you could be exacerbating your sensitive skin issues. That’s why knowing proper technique is just as important as having the right tools. Our three-step process ensures that your sensitive skin remains healthy, smooth, and irritation-free.
Prepare your canvas
Before starting your day at work, you probably get your workstation ready. You set out your morning coffee, your daily planner, your to-do list, and your stack of important documents for the day. Now you’re ready to start your day and actually do some work. It may take you two minutes. It may take you ten, but you’re ready to begin. Let’s try the same approach with your morning shave.
Exfoliation is key to preventing ingrown hairs. Removing the outer layer of dead skin cells from your face means the more youthful cells underneath are brought to the surface. These cells usually better retain moisture, which helps the pores better absorb moisturizers. This is how you keep hair follicles lifted and unable to curl back underneath the skin.
To exfoliate correctly, you can do this mechanically or chemically. Mechanical exfoliation can be achieved with a washcloth, loofah, or skincare product that contains abrasive particles. Chemical exfoliation is possible with any over-the-counter cleansers that contain hydroxy acids. It’s important to avoid any cleansers with alcohols as they enlarge pores and increase the skin’s dryness. A lot of people exfoliate in the shower so their face is ready, pores opened, and hairs lifted.
Now your skin is cleaned and prepared to shave.
Don’t shave badly
The problem with shaving with sensitive skin is the shaving with sensitive skin part. The act of shaving removes hair from your face. Like pulling off a band-aid, you want to ensure that this process is “quick and dirty.” This means you want to avoid repeatedly passing your razor over your sensitive skin.
The shave itself should be a simple, straight-forward pass over the face, shaving with the grain, or direction, of hair growth. The grain of your facial hair isn’t always consistent across your entire face, so it’s important knowing how your facial hair grows in. This is easy to spot. Run the back of your fingers over the spots you want to shave. The hairs will feel rough when going against the grain and smooth when going with the grain.
For the razor, you could use a multi-blade safety razor, complete with lubrication strip and a microfin skin guard. These pieces are usually engineered into the razor design to accommodate for the bulk of men who don’t know the right shaving techniques. As easy as those type of razors are to shave with, we believe those mass-consumer razors increase the likelihood of causing skin irritation. Especially for those of us with sensitive skin. The more times you pass a razor over your skin, the more you’re likely to shave too close, thus causing razor burn. Also, additional passes dry out your skin, which will aggravate razor burn inflammation. That’s why we advocate using a double-edge razor with disposable blades. They’re not only more economical but ensure that your shave doesn’t exacerbate your sensitive skin issues.
With that complete, it’s time to close up shop.
Protect your skin for the day
For people with sensitive skin, moisture is your friend. It means that you’re protecting your face from the onslaught of adverse everyday conditions. That’s why it’s important to moisturize after you’ve completed your shave. A good post-shave moisturizer will not only have natural oils that are proven to help your skin retain moisture, but also anti-inflammatory nutrients that soothe it. This last step ensures that you aren’t drying out your skin for the next day’s shave.
Whether it takes you 5 minutes or 15, it’s important to protect your face from skin irritation. If you have sensitive skin, your shaving problems can keep you from putting your best face forward Buying an expensive razor is great, but if you don’t prepare and protect your skin from razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or razor burn, you’ll have bigger skin issues later. Gain the confidence to face your day with pride and shave wise.
by Greg Ward