Razor burn occurs quite simply because shaving involves running a very sharp blade over your skin, which irritates it. It’s usually minor and disappears after a few minutes but can be problematic for those with sensitive or pale skin.
1) Prepare your Skin
Prep is key! Those with sensitive skin should invest in some good quality shaving cream or soap and ideally, it should indeed be designed especially for sensitive skin. Your skin should be clean, warm and well-exfoliated before you apply it.
The strengths of creams lie in the fact they have high oil contents that soothe the skin whilst providing an exceptional lubricant for the razor whereas soaps are a bit lighter and less greasy. Get a good lather using a shaving brush before you start to shave.
Always check the ingredients and test your skin using a small amount of cream first to make sure you have no allergies or irritations.
2) Make as Few Passes as Possible
The less contact the razor makes with your skin, the better. Find your angles and try to make as few passes across your skin as possible. You should also make sure your razor blades are sharp as otherwise, you’ll find yourself making excessive passes over your skin to obtain a fine shave.
3) Refine your Post-Shave Ritual
Once you’ve shaved, cold water is essential followed quickly by balm and moisturiser. Always pat dry instead of rubbing. Thicker, more oily balms with antiseptic ingredients such as witch hazel may be best for those with sensitive skin. Alum bars are another great option here and can be applied to your entire face to minimise the effects of razor burn.