Avoiding Shaving Bumps on Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, shaving can be tricky, but you can avoid shaving bumps, redness, stinging and irritation and still get a smooth result. Since shaving acts as an exfoliation process and thus removes dead skin along with a superficial layer of your skin, it can cause any skin type to be sensitive for a few hours after a shave. This process is actually healthy for your skin, but nevertheless it leaves your skin vulnerable. So, if you have sensitive skin, you should shave at night, which will help give your skin plenty of time to recover. Also make sure your blade is always sharp; a dull blade can irritate your skin.

Start by softening your hair with warm (but not hot) water for about three minutes. Then wash the area you plan to shave because the act of shaving can leave your hair follicles open to infection and irritation. If your skin isn't clean, bumps and irritation can occur.

When sensitivity is an issue, it's even more important to use shaving cream. In fact, you should never shave without it; soaps cannot give you the same protection and will dry out your skin. You can also choose a shaving cream that's formulated specifically for sensitive skin and may include extra nourishing ingredients like aloe and Vitamin E.

After you put the shaving cream on your skin, wait a few minutes. Waiting will soften your hair more, making the removal even easier and reducing the risk of razor burn. And, finally, after you shave you should apply a moisturizer to your skin to help protect it.

If you have incredibly sensitive skin and can't seem to get a smooth shave even after trying these tips, you may want to consider using an electric razor or even opting for a hair removal cream so you don't have to use a blade at all.

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