The Razor's Edge: 5 Ways to Avoid Getting Burned

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That post-shave burning sensation is irritating. You may not notice it sitting in class, but it can be painful when your chinstrap rubs against your sweaty skin. Beat the burn the next time you blade.

1. Exfoliate
An exfoliating facial scrub removeds dead skin and brings out ingrown hairs before the razor hits your mug.

2. Lather up
Don't even think about using soap. Shaving cream is a must, especially if you have sensitive skin. Choose one rich in glycerin and coconut oil and without alcohol, which dries out your skin.

3. Ditch the dull blade
It's the leading cause of razor burn, so always use a sharp blade. Replace it after 5 to 7 uses, and in between, dip the blade in alcohol to remove excess cream, oil and hair.

4. Light strokes
Use short, light strokes and always shave with the grain. Don't press down too hard or stretch your skin while passing the blade over an area more than once-each pass shaves off a small layer of skin.

5. Moisturize
After shaving, us a skin moisturizer or aftershave balm/lotion to keep your skin soft and enrich it with nutrients.


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