Many fellas have very sensitive skin, and shaving can be a hassle and uncomfortable. Some of us here at Vetted suffer from the same thing, and over the years we’ve learned how to shave without destroying our skin. No more ending up with red bumps and irritated skin. Here’s a guide that we put together, that will almost eliminate skin irritation and discomfort when shaving.
It’s best to shave after a hot shower. The hot water opens up your pores and softens the hair, which requires less pressure to cut. While in the shower, be sure to wash the area that you’re going to shave. We recommend using the Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser. It’s made of natural grapefruit extract which is gentle and hydrates the skin.
At this point, you can apply a pre-shave oil to your skin. It’s not vital, but the oil helps with protecting the skin from irritation by creating an additional barrier.
Apply the shaving cream. We’ve tried a bunch of different creams, and the best one we’ve used is the Mailn+Goetz Vitamin E Shaving Cream (that’s why we stock it!). It’s not like a traditional cream that creates a thick foam. This shaving cream goes on thin, creating a smooth, protective barrier for your skin and softens the hair. It also uses only natural ingredients, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin.
Now it’s time to shave. Make sure to use a sharp blade and rinse it with hot water after each stroke. The key here is to never shave against the growth of your hair. This will only cause irritation. You want to shave with the growth of your hair. Pull your skin tight to create an even surface and to get a closer cut. Do not press the razor against your skin, it should gently glide across it. When you put pressure on each stroke all you’re doing is removing layers of skin. In the end this will cause irritation and discomfort.
If you want to get a closer shave, do a second pass but run the razor across the growth of your hair.
Rinse with cold water to close the pores. When drying, dab with a towel, don’t rub your skin dry.
Finish off by applying a gentle face moisturizer to hydrate and protect. We recommend the Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. It’s oil-free, and made of vitamins E and B5 and chamomile that’s gentle and reduces irritation for sensitive of skin.
If possible, try to wear a collarless shirt for a day. The skin needs to heal, and anything rubbing against it will only cause irritation and discomfort.
A sharp razor is very important to getting a good, comfortable shave. The best way to keep a razor sharp, and lasting longer, is to dry the blades after the final wash. Water will dull the blades faster than any type of thick hair.