Shaving Tips for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Source: flickr.com user Brian Warren
Source: flickr.com user Brian Warren

Those who suffer from dry, sensitive skin know that shaving can be a pain – literally. If you struggle to get a close, clean shave without irritating your skin, these shaving tips for dry and sensitive skin are for you. All of these tips are written to be applied to the face or the body, but if you have a specific shaving question, please leave us a comment and we’ll address it!

Stay Sharp
Using a dull razor blade is the number one killer of sensitive skin! It may be tough to swallow, but those with dry and sensitive skin shouldn’t use a disposable razor for more than two shaving sessions. In addition, the razor should be a higher-quality disposable razor — three blades with a moisturizing strip usually provides the best results.

If you can handle the startup cost, a safety razor is a great (and more environmentally-friendly) alternative to disposable razors. Safety razors are old-school, like the ones grandpa used to use. However, they are still the best way to achieve a clean, irritation-free shave!

There is a learning curve with a safety razor and the initial cost may make you shy away, but we can assure you that the investment of time and money is worth it. Plus, the replacement blades last much longer than those of a disposable razor; one blade should last for around a week’s worth of daily shaving.

Less is More
Pressure, that is. Remember that you’re using a sharp blade that can easily do its job without a lot of added pressure from you. Don’t press the blade into your sensitive skin; rather, gently let the blade glide over the skin in order to avoid unnecessary irritation.

Shave With the Grain
It’s true that people generally get that silky smooth “just shaved” feeling by going against hair growth, but shaving with the grain of hair growth will go a long way toward diminishing shaving irritation. Again, if you’re using a sharp, fresh blade, you’ll still get a great, smooth shave even without shaving against the grain.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
While aftershaves are technically created to minimize shaving irritation, most contain ingredients that are too harsh for dry or sensitive skin. In fact, many aftershaves can actually make irritation worse when used on sensitive skin types.

For the face, turn instead to a trusty face moisturizer for sensitive skin, like our Intensive Face Moisturizer with Panthenol. This formulation is nearly identical to our best-selling Intensive Face Moisturizer; however, it also has the deeply soothing benefits of Panthenol, otherwise known as vitamin B-5.

Panthenol makes this product absolutely perfect for soothing and preventing razor irritation while simultaneously acting as an ideal face moisturizer for daily use. It may also be used after exposure to excessive sunlight, chlorine, or other irritants.

For soothing shaving irritation on the body, a basic body lotion for sensitive skin can be used, such as our Moisturizing Body Lotion. Elegant in its simplicity, it will provide long-lasting moisture while also calming and soothing just-shaved skin. Plus, it absorbs quickly, allowing you to get on with your day without waiting for a heavy cream to soak in!

With these shaving tips in mind, you’re well on your way to performing the most comfortable shave you’ve had in a long time!

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