How to Prevent Razor Burn

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Before any shave you have to loosen up the hairs on your face. In order to do this you need to take a nice hot shower or place a hot towel on your face for awhile. The steam from the shower or towel softens the hairs on your face and makes them easier to shave and less likely to cause razor burn.  After the hairs on your face are nice and soft, you need to apply a pre shave oil. Any brand will do and you can even make it yourself with castor oil and olive oil. Pre shave oil will help further soften the hairs on your face and prevent razor burn. If you have never tried pre shave oil I highly recommend it.  Using a shaving brush, again any brand will do, gently brush shaving creammag-glass_10x10.gif on your face. By using the brush you help lift the hairs on your face and prepare them for a cleaner shave. Allow the cream to sit on your face for a few minutes to help soften your hairs.  Have a razor with a sharp blade. People will argue that less blades are better than more, but I have found that less blades aren’t enough to shave my facial hair. I use the Gillette Mach 3 and it works perfect for me. Use a few different razors until you find the one that works for you.  When you start shaving always shave with the grain of your hair. This means that whatever direction your facial hair grows, shave in that direction. This will make it easier to shave the hairs and will help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairsmag-glass_10x10.gif. Also, rinse the razor after each stroke to prevent hair build up in the razor and ensure you are getting a clean shave.  When you are done shaving apply a hot towel to your face to soothe your skin. After a few minutes remove the hot towel and apply an after shave. I use Nivea for Men After Shave Replenishing Balm because I have found it does not burn or irritate my skin. Use whatever after shave you are most comfortable with and that you feel works for you.


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