We venture to say there's only one thing that can ruin the fresh, silky smooth feeling that comes right after a close shave: razor burn. Red, itchy bumps can be really annoying when you just spent an hour on your face, arms, legs, or ahem, other areas. But you don't have to live with razor burn. Keep reading for some top tips to avoid those nasty bumps altogether and check out three top products to use if you should find yourself suffering from razor burn.
1) Soak it up: Before you even take a razor to your skin, you should really let your skin soak in warm water. This helps to open up the hair follicles and makes the hair itself a little softer. Wait about 15 minutes or so before you start shaving.
2) Exfoliate: This one might seem like a given. But exfoliating really is crucial in removing dry, flaky skin. This makes it much easier to get a closer, smoother, bump-free shave.
3) Use a new blade: As tempting as it might be to use the same blade over and over, it's really less than ideal for your skin. Use a multi-blade razor for a close, close shave and replace it frequently. If you're really dead-set on avoiding bumps or redness (especially down there), use a fresh clean blade every time. (Trust us, it makes all the difference.)
4) Moisturize: Everyone knows you should use a shaving gel or cream (no bar soap, please!), but searching for one that has a little extra nourishing power is extremely beneficial. Equally important is finding a lotion to use post shower and shave that keeps skin hydrated.
But, should you find yourself suffering from razor burn, despite your best efforts, take a peek at three Influenster picks for fighting the burn.
Although these little pads are meant to be used on the bikini area, you can really use them anywhere. With glycolic and salicylic acid to help prep the skin and clean the sebum, this is great for anyone prone to bumps or ingrown hairs. But, be warned this product doesn't have to be used right after shaving. (The glycolic acid might sting a bit, so if you're super sensitive, heads up!) It's meant as a daily preventative measure.
Murad Razor Burn Rescue ($37)
Not only does this product work to fight bumps and razor burn, but it also decreases redness thanks to anti-inflammatory ingredients. With antioxidants and glycolic acid, this is ideal for soothing skin and keeping bumps on your face, arms, legs—wherever—at bay!
This drugstore classic is ideal for those who find razor burn and bumps just far to common of occurrences. Again, it might be designed for your bikini area, but it's strong enough to be used anywhere. The soothing botanicals and vitamins A and E soften up skin to get a close shave as well as cool and calm any redness.
What do you use to fight or prevent razor burn? Share with us your top product!