Shaving is one of the most common methods of hair removal. While it is easy and effective, it can also leave skin dry and irritated, or cause razor bumps. Razor bumps are a painful side effect of shaving caused by ingrown hairs or irritation. They can be itchy or become inflamed and infected without proper treatment. However, shaving doesn't have to cause razor bumps, and they can usually be avoided by taking a few precautions.
Things You'll Need
- Exfoliating body scrub
- Medicated lotion/gel
Use an exfoliating body scrub in the shower. Choose from a variety of sea salt or sugar scrubs to slough off dry skin. Using a scrub helps prepare your skin for shaving by removing the dead skin cells and creates a smooth surface for your razor to glide easily along the skin. Do not use a body scrub on already irritated skin.
Choose a shaving cream. There are many shaving creams available, from gels to medicated creams and shaving creams made especially for sensitive or dry skin. Using shaving cream is essential to preventing razor bumps. The moisturizing cream creates a barrier between the razor and the skin and allows the razor to move against the skin without creating the friction that causes irritation.
Shave with a new, clean razor blade. Choose a razor with a moisturizing strip and anywhere from three to five blades. Always replace your razor blade after about ten uses or when dullness appears after daily use. Dull blades usually cause razor bumps because of the friction of the dull blade dragging against the skin, so replacing your blade regularly will keep these bumps from forming.
Apply a medicated cream or gel after shaving. Medicated aftershave gels and lotions are available for the bikini area and can be used on legs or underarms if needed. These topical treatments contain an analgesic to soothe already irritated skin and may also contain antibacterial ingredients to prevent razor bumps and inflammation.
Moisturize your skin. It is important to use a moisturizer over your entire body, especially where you have just shaved. Shaving can cause skin to become dry, and you'll need to replenish your skin's moisture. Choose a lotion designed for sensitive skin to use on the delicate bikini area and a very emollient lotion for legs.