The Cutting Edge: Preventing Razor Bumps

Shaving Tips for Men and Women

  • Always shave after or during a hot shower, to soften the hair, open the pores and cleanse the skin.
  • Use a pre-shave oil (you can pick this up at health food stores). These silicon oils help soften the beard, cut down on friction and protect the skin against razor burns.
  • Use a glycerin-based shaving cream or shaving soap that lathers with water. Avoid foams, gels or products that contain numbing agents such as benzocaine or menthol, which tend to close pores and stiffen the beard.
  • Try a Badger shaving brush to help generate a rich lather while it softens and lifts the beard.
  • Use a blade with a firm handle such as the Gillette Sensor or Gillette Mach
  • Always shave with the grain. To do to otherwise can cause ingrown hair and razor burn. For a closer shave, re-lather and shave lightly across or against the grain.
  • Glide the razor gently over your face. Avoid applying pressure, which can cause skin irritation.
  • In case of a nick or cut, apply a moist alum block on the area to stop the bleeding. You can also use the alum block as an antiseptic after-shave.
  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Use a nourishing alcohol-free after-shave to restore moisture and soothe the skin.
  • Always hang your shaving brush with the bristles facing downward so that it drains completely and cuts down on bacterial growth that can exacerbate razor bumps. This will also help maintain the shape of the brush.