Unlucky 13 as many call it. There’s a gross stereotype surrounding this number. People call it the unlucky number. But today 13 is actually gonna be your lucky number.
Because today we are gonna give you not one, not two, but 13 shaving tips for sensitive skin. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s been far too long that our kings have suffered due to their sensitive skin. This impacted their performance and confidence. You have implemented all our advice and tips of the past yet it affected you which is why we are here
We are going to be providing you with an all stop solution here today and solving this problem once and for all. We are not only going to be giving you tips but also talk about different skin conditions and types and when you might need to see a skin specialist. We are going to identify the causes of sensitive skin that you’re having so you can combat it.
So’ let’s get this dealt with!
Reason for Sensitive Skin (Not What You Think):
A large portion of men reports that they have sensitive skin. But the thing is most of them don’t even know if they have sensitive skin or not. Surprisingly, these people assume that skin irritation, frequent breakouts, ingrown hairs and bleeding while shaving is a result of their skin condition. Typically, however, they don’t pause to think if it might be their shaving equipment or routine.
Many times people do not even have sensitive skin. They just don’t know what the right shaving tools or equipment are. Also, they don’t know their shaving technique could actually be the root cause of their skin problems.
If you are someone who follows a good skincare routine daily which includes but is not limited to cleansing, daily moisturizing and weekly exfoliation but skin problems still arise, then there are just a few things that could be causing it:
- Your skincare products are not right for you
- You need to change your shaving routine because your skin is irritated by the one you are currently using.
- You actually have sensitive skin and the products you are using are either healing it or making it worse
Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin
You have been doing all that you have been told till now. Yet you suffer from irritation, rashes and bumps. Don’t beat yourself for it. It’s not your fault. Your skin is just prone to those and sensitive. However, we are certain if you follow these 13 tips and adopt them into your shaving routine, you’ll be able to have the perfect shaving experience:
Tip 1: Prepare Your Skin Before You Shave
Even if you do not have sensitive skin, preparing your face before every shave is necessary. Taking the time to smooth any stubble; shaving after a shower or washing the face with warm water is best because it clears the skin.
It also softens the hair on your face which makes the razor blades easy to glide through. Make sure the water is not too hot as it can strip your skin of its natural oils. Go for lukewarm water.
Tip 2: Moisturize Daily
Most people with sensitive or irritated skin issues move back and forth between dry scaly skin patches and oily smooth skin. A good moisturizer is going to help balance both.
Note, good skin requires the correct amount of moisture to avoid dry skin (which does not completely cover the nerve ends) and therefore stops unnecessary sebum (oil) from arising in the skin. The key to a good moisturizer is to grab one that has zero alcohol and is formulated without irritants, perfumes, or scents. The idea is that it should be soft and work with any skin types.
Tip 3: Exfoliate Once a Week
You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. Beyond the first layer of your dermis, there are lots of excess dead skin cells, oil and deeply embedded dirt. An exfoliating scrub and/or mask will push out and cleanse all the dirt from your skin and help you breathe.
Shaving in itself acts as an exfoliating agent as it scrapes off the dead skin cells while removing the hair. But we still recommend you use an exfoliating scrub and mask to get the best bang for the buck.
Tip 4: Use the Right Tools:
Sometimes skincare problems occur because you are just not using the right skin care product and tools for your skin. Use a shave gel that doesn’t get dry easily to soften hair and help defend your skin against nicks and cuts.
Single Blades drag against your skin. So, use an advanced multi blade razor that has blades spaced closer together such that they glide over your skin thus preventing irritation, rash and a variety of other skin conditions.
If you are prone to ingrown hairs, try using an electric razor. Hold the electric razor slightly away from your skin when you shave. If you’re using a disposable razor, make sure you change it after every 5-6 shaves, saving your skin from the irritation. Always use a safety razor if you’re shaving pubic hair.
Tip 5: Replace Dull Blades for Newer Ones
Dull blades can lead to nicks and cuts. Dull or disposable blades are killers for touchy skin as they inflame an already flammable situation which is your sensitive skin.
If you experience tugging or discomfort change your blade. We recommend using a razor with a warning strip or indicator that will turn to white when you can no longer get a perfect shave. So, replace your blades whenever that happens.
Tip 6: Follow the Right Technique for Shaving
Not using the proper technique during shaving is perhaps one of the biggest reasons people have issues with sensitive skin. You don’t wanna rush this. Don’t be reckless. When shaving, do it slowly whilst applying light blade pressure.
Only shave with the grain of hair growth and resist the temptation of going against the grain to get stubborn hairs. It twists and bends the hairs and induces irritation and causes inflammation as you move against the grain. This nicks your skin into bloody little patches, and can even cause ingrown hairs and bumps.
If you’re looking for a closer shave then shave across the grain. However, if irritation is caused, we advise you to take things slowly. Use a shaving gel to improve your shaving experience by causing the razors to glide over the skin easily.
Tip 7: Shave Moustache in the End
Shaving the moustache at the end of your shaving can allow your shaving gel more time to settle down and absorb, smooth your facial hair thus making it easier to remove. Sometimes, a single blade is particularly good for shaving tough areas right under your nose.
Tip 8: Wash Your Blades Frequently While Shaving
Make sure to rinse or wash your blinds frequently during a shave. Rinsing the blade frequently throughout your shave will prevent the blade edges and the cartridge from buildup and will result in better gliding and comfort. This also helps prevent clogging of the blades
Tip 9: Don’t Shave Everyday
Just like the 5 fingers in our hands are individually different from one another, everyone’s skin is also different from one another. So, shaving rules for everyone is not necessarily the same.
People with highly fragile, sensitive or irritable skin may not be ideal for shaving every day. If that seems to be the case for you, then shave after every 2-3 days. Yes, you might grow stubbles in between depending on your hair growth. but this is much preferable than getting a red and swollen face.
Tip 10: Wash Your Face and Pat Dry after Shaving
It’s important to refresh the skin after a shave. Wash away any remaining product from your face with cold water. Pat dry your skin with a towel. Put high emphasis on the word pat. Most people do this wrong and towel dries their face by vigorous rubbing which can cause hair breakage since hairs are fragile when they are wet.
Tip 11: Use Alcohol-free Aftershave Balm
Post-shave skin care is just as important as any of the tips mentioned above. After washing your face and patting it dry with a towel, it’s essential that you apply an alcohol-free aftershave balm. This works just like a second moisturizer and helps to soothe your skin and heal. Just massage your face with hands and let it soak in.
Tip 12: Drink Plenty of Water
One thing that is easily overlooked is the importance of staying hydrated. If you have sensitive skin, then your skin is always extremely thirsty. It’s almost as if it can’t get enough moisture
Although you can help combat this with a regular and nightly moisturizer, it’s always crucial to make sure you’re having enough water on a given day. Plus, during the day you should feel more energized and have better clarity of mind.
If your urine is yellow all the time, it is a clear sign that you’re definitely dehydrated and need to consume and drink more water. So drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Tip 13: Get Adequate Sleep
As always, we saved the best for the last. You are probably laughing at this point while reading this. We promise you this is a game-changer. When do you think your body heals? It’s when you sleep of course!
Your skin repairs itself when you sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep your skin begins to show dark circles, fine lines and often have breakouts. There’s a reason the term “Beauty Sleep” got so popular.
So in order to keep your skin in the top-notch shape, make sure you’re getting a bare minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep every day.
Above all, you should always consult with a dermatologist or skin specialist about your sensitive skin condition. There’s no alternative to it. Here’s a quick description of a few clinical sensitive skin categories. Generally, the following points cover the most prevalent clinical sensitive skin issues and symptoms:
This can vary from noticeable reactions to the extremes like a rash, razor bumps, or pimples due to putting something on, or doing something to your skin. For starters, your dermatologist might replace or isolate the skincare product or lotion you’re using to remedy this as your body might cause an allergic reaction to it.
Severe Ingrown Hairs:
Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs grow back inwards into the skin instead of growing out of the epidermis. This causes a painful and itchy sensation as the sharp pointy edge of the hair pierces through your skin. As a result, bumps begin to form or pump.
Normal ingrown hairs might prove to be easier to treat. However, when it comes to severe ingrown hairs, they might be a combination of several factors and skin conditions. So consulting a doctor for this is of absolute necessity.
Very Dry Skin:
This is often diagnosed as the condition when the slightest touch of your skin makes you have a fiery burning sensation. Your skin grows overly sensitive and it’s best that you had better see a doctor. Itchiness and redness are often symptoms of it.
Eczema / Rosacea:
When you have one of these two, your regular skin care products will prove to be futile when it comes to the cure. They require treatment. Skin suffering from Eczema and Rosacea often requires clinical products to help calm the symptoms and heal it. However, our shaving tips can help you in making sure that you can prevent them from happening to you in the future.
Having the right routine can help calm down and soothe symptoms of clinically sensitive skin, but they will not cure the problem alone. Combining our routine tips with seeing a skin doctor can help make you run that extra mile to feeling like a king getting that radiant glow, shiny and handsome look.
So there you have it. We hope you found our article useful. We are positive you’ll be benefitted from this article and can take care of yourself better. Before you leave, please let us know your experience in dealing with sensitive skin. Is there anything you tried differently that worked? Have you ever had breakouts? We love hearing from you. So make sure you share with us your answers down below