How To Prevent Nicks And Cuts When You Shave
While for some men shaving is an enjoyable habit, for others it seems like a totally unpleasant routine.
Whichever of the two categories you find yourself fitting more, one thing you should keep in mind is that shaving always has its positive aspects including the fact that it makes your skin feel fresh and re-generated.
In this article, we will give you some tips to help you prevent its negative effects such as irritations or nicks and cuts so that you can only enjoy its benefits.
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Prepare your Skin Properly
The key to right shaving is the good preparation of your skin. Washing with some lukewarm water and a gentle effective cleanser will remove oiliness and clean your skin pores.
Also, when you wash your beard with warm water, it softens and gets shaved more easily.
The shaving brush and lather, which bring back into our mind the good old times of those barber shops, prepare your skin the best way since the massage that you get with the brush raises the very short hair and softens the beard very well.
Using a good quality shaving gel or shaving foam keeps the hair soft while shaving and reduces the friction created on the skin by the razor.
Don’t Shave Against the Hair Growth
Start shaving the beard areas that are softer so that you give enough time to the rest to get soft. Shave in the direction of the hair growth and not the opposite, trying not to put on much pressure while often rinsing the razor with warm water.
Generally talking, the hairs above the lips, on the cheeks and on the chin grow downward while the ones on the neck upward. The ideal order to shave is first to start with the cheeks, move to the neck, then above the lips and finally the chin.
Often Change your Razor or Razor Blade
If you see any rust on your razor or see that either the cut hair or the shaving cream get stuck to it, then get rid of it.
Using a razor that is not effective any more again and again means that you can get more nicks and cuts, skin irritation and ingrown hairs.
Try Out an Electric Shaver
Electric shavers are practical, easy to carry and mostly used for dry shaving although there are new models used for wet shaving as well. These devices are very good for men who have acne, bursitis or just sensitive skin.
Many people support that electric shavers do not provide the same deep shave that one can get with a razor and that they are not so effective on very dense and thick beards.
Still, there are new products with two or more shaver heads created all the time as well as special blades for sideburns, even releasing hydrating lotion during their use.
Just remember experts advise that you should use an electric shaver vertically, trying not to put much pressure on.
Protect your Skin from Everyday Shaving
Daily shaving can disturb the function of the hydrolipidic film of the skin, whose aim is to protect the skin from various environmental threats, and make it drier or irritated.
If you shave daily, it is advisable that you use an after shave product that is rich in vitamins and other specialized ingredients that will not only protect your skin against redness, irritations and dryness but also hydrate and nourish it.
Stick to One Way of Shaving
The circle of your hair growth is different when you use a razor and different when you use an electric shaver.
So, it is better to stick to one method of shaving so that your hair growth stays the same. This will also be good for your skin’s health and appearance.
Avoid Using After Shave Products with Harsh Ingredients
There are plenty of ingredients which can irritate skin, and especially sensitive skin, such as alcohol and fragrance.
The solution is to use a hydrating balm which contains natural and organic ingredients and is free of harmful chemicals for the skin.
For starters, try to avoid products containing alcohol which can be harsh for the skin and cause dryness and redness.
Avoid Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs can usually be caused by shaving the wrong way. If you are used to shaving against the grain, you create an abnormality in the outgrowth of the hair which makes the hair to change direction.
By following the right rules of shaving, you will be able to avoid those ingrown hairs.
Finally, if after all these tips to prevent nicks and cuts, you still get a cut, the best way to deal with it is first to throw some cold water on it which will close your pores and stop minor bleeding.
If this is not enough, press the area using an ice cube and then pat it with a cotton pad or some cotton wool. Still, if you find that you often get shaving cuts, then always keep a cream with styptic and antibacterial properties handy.