Nothing is worse than having a satisfying shave and the next day you're covered in razor bumps and ingrown hairs. While a few tips may seem obvious and a “no brainer”, it is crucial that they are not overlooked during your daily shaving routine. Some may be more prone to razor bumps and ingrown hairs than others, but it is important to know how to treat them if you get them. Here are a few suggestions on how to prevent those unwanted red bumps.
Where do those darn things come from:
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs are formed when strains of hair curl into the surrounding skin and grow underneath. Hair growing underneath the skin causes irritation and tiny bumps in the area that was shaved.
How to prevent the unwanted:
Before the shave-
- Exfoliate the skin to remove any dead skin and help prevent ingrown hairs- dead skin can block the hair follicle from opening
- Washing your face with warm water before you shave will loosen up the hair - Using our lavender and tea tree face soap will hydrate and soften your skin
During the shave-
- Choose a sharp razor- Dull razors can cut the hair below the surface which can cause ingrown hairs and lead to irritation and razor bumps
- Moisturize the skin with shaving cream/shaving soap- shaving cream and soap help glide the razor against the skin- Our tallow shave soap not only moisturizes your skin but creates a great lather for your brush
- Shave in the direction your hair is growing- shaving in the opposite direction of the hair can pull the hair follicle up and away from the skin which increases the chances of getting razor bumps and ingrown hairs
After the shave-
- Rinse your face with lukewarm water
- Hydrate and disinfect the skin-I recommend our aftershave splash which hydrates, disinfects, and tightens the skin.
- Moisturize- using our face lotion will help keep your skin hydrated overtime
These are a few suggestions for before, during, and after your shave that will help prevent the irritation of ingrown hairs and razor bumps.