Shaving Errors and Care

14 September, 2020
To prevent shaving from causing skin damage, it’s important to avoid certain mistakes and care for your skin before and after. Interested in learning more about it? Read this article!
 

Shaving is a routine practice for both men and women. However, many of us still make certain mistakes that cause the skin to become irritated. While it looks like a simple routine, and many are already familiar with it, there are always risks when it’s not done correctly. Today, we’ll discuss some common shaving errors and care.

According to information from the American Association of the Academy of Dermatology, aside from razors, bad techniques and preparation also cause discomfort. Therefore, you should try to improve your technique and apply some care.

The most common shaving errors

  1. One of the most common errors during shaving is to run the blade in any direction. However, when you do this, you’ll need to go over the same place more than ones to remove all the hair. As a result, skin irritation increases.
  2. Please note that shaving causes aggression because it removes the most superficial cells from the skin before they are removed spontaneously and physiologically. Therefore, you should always shave in the direction that the hairs grow.
  3. However, another mistake is not taking the time to prepare your skin before you start shaving. Before you begin, it’s best to clean your skin to minimize the risk of aggression.
  4. You should also use a moisturizer after shaking to preserve the function of the skin’s barrier.
  5. Finally, some people use blunt blades. This is a bad idea, as they can cut the skin, cause irritation, and increase the risk of infection. Blades need to be sharp to cut hair.
 

Next, let’s take a look at some healthy tips.

 

A man shaving in the mirror.
Using blunt blades, lack of skin preparation and poor technique are common errors during shaving.

How to prepare the skin before shaving

First of all, it’s best to avoid shaving immediately after waking up. After sleeping, the skin on the face is more sensitive to the effects of the blades, which can increase the risk of unwanted cuts and reactions. Also, the skin is more swollen.

It’s necessary to moisten and soften the hairs so that they’re easier to shave. This decreases the chance of skin trauma. Therefore, first, clean the skin with a suitable product and cold or lukewarm water.

The more prepared the area, the easier it’ll be to shave. If there are fewer repetitions, there’ll be less irritation.

Don’t forget to read: 5 natural remedies for irritation after shaving 

Skin types

Each skin is different. Therefore, the products or care applied to them also vary.

  • People with sensitive or dry skin should treat it before shaving to avoid subsequent irritation, like shaving foams. After shaving, it’s a good idea to use aftershave products.
  • People with oily or acne-prone skin should use gels and creams specific to this type of skin as much as possible. Furthermore, oil-free products are useful for shaving.
 

Shaving errors and care: The process

The shaving foam or cream used is very important. Today, both are the most used for their safety and comfort. They provide the necessary lubrication to reduce friction between the blade and the skin.

Once you start shaving, you need to do so calmly and with the necessary time, since it’s a delicate process that must be carried out carefully and gently.

You should also bear in mind that applying more pressure with the blade won’t yield better results. On the contrary, the skin will suffer more.

A man shaving in the mirror.
You should use creams specific to each type of skin when shaving.

Perhaps you’ll find this interesting: The differences between male and female skin

Post- shaving care

Post-shave moisture is also important. It’s a good idea to use aftershave products because they don’t cause allergies due to their contents of emollient compounds that act on the skin to favor the restoration of the skin barrier.

With these products, the aim is to counteract the aggressive effect that shaving has on the skin and, in turn, generate a pleasant feeling, which comes from the moisturization or the fragrance.

Finally, it’s best to avoid shaving daily. Doing so every day prevents the skin from having enough time to recover. Therefore, it’s a good idea to wait at least two days to repeat it.

 
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