If shaving is a part of your daily routine, then you might have noticed little red bumps on your legs afterwards. This is commonly known as razor bumps or razor burn. In today’s blog I’m going to be sharing my top 5 tips to get rid of those pesky razor bumps by shaving properly.
#1. Exfoliate before shaving
The appearance of small red bumps on your legs is commonly caused by friction from the razor and ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs occur when there is a buildup of dead skin cells that will not allow the hair to properly grow outwards. Instead, the hair becomes trapped under the skin and appears as a red bump. Having too many dead skin cells can also cause dryness which leads to more irritation when you shave. Exfoliating before you shave will help to reduce ingrown hairs, reduce dryness, and prevent flakiness. I recommend using a gentle exfoliating wash cloth, a body scrub, or a peeling gel to prep your skin before shaving. Try to avoid using things like loofahs or dry brushes as these can cause micro tears and scratches on the skin. Gentle but effective exfoliation is key.
#2. Shave at the end of your shower
Shaving at the end of your shower instead of the beginning allows more time for the steam to open your pores and add moisture to your skin. This will also soften the skin and hair follicles which makes shaving easier. It is extremely important to never shave on dry skin. Remember to use warm water, but not too hot. If the water is too hot it will cause more redness and dryness.
#3. Use a shaving cream
This is one of the most important steps if you want to really get rid of razor bumps. Using a shaving cream is great for adding moisture, reducing friction from the razor, and softening your skin. I recommend using lotion type shaving creams for best results. My personal favorite is eos shave cream because it contains shea oil, shea butter, and soothing aloe which are all excellent for shaving care. This shaving cream specifically cares for razor burn and comes in a variety of scents. Just keep in mind that a little really goes a long way. I only use 1-2 pumps for each leg, because if you use too much product it can clog your razor and make shaving more difficult.
#4. Use the right razor
If you’re struggling with razor bumps, your razor is very likely to be the culprit. Using the wrong razor can wreak havoc on your skin even if you’re doing everything else right. I’ve always been a big fan of Gillette razors even since the very first time I shaved my legs. I never felt the need to try any other razors because these ones get the job done right. Solar from the popular k-pop group MAMAMOO has also mentioned that she normally uses Gillette Venus razors to shave.
Her recommendations are: Venus & Olay Comfort Glide , Venus Comfort Glide White Tea, Venus Swirl Razor , Venus Value Pack Replacement Blades, and Venus Snap Extra Smooth. If you’re looking for something simple and affordable I also recommend the Gillette Daisy Razor. You can check out Solar’s video here to see which razor fits you the best. Also remember to replace your razor blades regularly to avoid harming your skin with a dull or old blade.
#5. Use a soothing moisturizer
When you’re all done shaving, it’s important to follow up with soothing products to moisturize your skin. Aloe is excellent for getting rid of redness and calming any irritation from shaving. Avoid using moisturizers with fragrance, alcohol, parabens, or any other skin irritants. I recommend mixing Klairs Supple Preparation All Over Lotion with The Face Shop Fresh Jeju Aloe Soothing Gel in a 1:1 ratio. I put a generous amount of each product into the palm of my hand, mix them together, and apply it all over my legs. Once again a little goes a long way because applying too much product may leave you with an uncomfortable feeling. I cannot stress this enough, but applying a soothing moisturizer after you shave is an absolute must. Skipping this step can also be the reason razor bumps appear on your legs.
That’s all for today and I hope you found these tips helpful. These are just a few simple things you can do at home to prevent pesky razor bumps from showing up after shaving. Make sure to care for your skin well and use the right products to avoid irritation. If you have any major concerns about your skin or notice anything unusual, please consult your dermatologist or health care provider.