7 Shaving Mistakes That Are Wrecking Your Skin
It's been years since you first started shaving, but that doesn't mean you always get it right. Burns, nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs are super common, regardless of how skilled you are with a razor. Here are the most common mistakes dermatologists see women make—and how to never screw up again.
You don't lather up
Dry shaving—ouch. Even though it saves time, it almost always causes little red bumps that last for days.
Shaving cream and gel were designed to help your razor glide gently across your skin without tugging or pulling.
Without them, you're most certainly left with razor burn, cuts, skin damage, and irritation. Desperate? Even using water is better than nothing at all.
You use your disposable razor for more than a week.
Yes, we're serious—you need to toss it once a week if you're shaving every single day. Dull blades are more likely to cause razor bumps, irritation, nicks, and cuts, and old blades can harbor bacteria, which can lead to infections. If you want a closer shave with the least amount of irritation, pay close attention to how many days your current razor has racked up.
A good rule of thumb is if you feel like it's tugging at your hair or skin, toss it—it's most definitely a ticking time bomb waiting to irritate.
You shave in the opposite direction of your hair growth.
True, it might help you get a slightly closer shave, but it'll also cause pain. Plus, the blunt-tipped end of the hairs can grow back into the skin rather than up and out. Holy ingrown hairs. Especially for those with sensitive skin, it's better to shave only in the same direction that your hair grows. If you're prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs, apply a gel or serum like PFB Vanish which relieves irritations caused by hair-removal techniques like shaving.
You apply too much pressure.
When it comes to how hard you should be pressing the razor blade down on your skin, always remember less is more. The harder you bear down, the more uneven the skin surface becomes, because you are essentially creating dimples where the blade fall. Many multi-bladed razors shave below the skin, causing ingrown hairs and infections when you press too hard.
You don't exfoliate beforehand.
To avoid razor bumps, you should use an exfoliator before whipping out that razor. That's because it removes dead skin cells, allowing your razor to glide easier. I always recommend First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish to all my patients with shaving complaints. It not only exfoliates, but it also cleanses and helps moisturize the skin.
You skip moisturizing afterward.
It's best to moisturize your skin as soon as you step out of the shower, since applying moisturiser while your skin is still damp helps lock everything in. If you skip this step, the top layers of your skin can quickly become dry and dehydrated from the combo of exfoliating and shaving.