Shaving brings a whole host of nasty skin risks along with it if the correct measures are not taken to protect your face before and after. While we could give you a lengthy lecture about the right way to prep for your routine, what’s done is already done, so instead we are on hand to advise you on the best way to treat that painful razor rash – and let this be a lesson to you!
Time for some damage limitation. Your best friends, in times of skin-related horror, are products which contain Aloe Vera. Calming and soothing on the skin, it boasts analgesic qualities which help to reduce swelling, forming a protective barrier which in turn aids the healing process.
At the opposite end of the scale, it’s imperative that you avoid lotions and potions which contain alcohol like the plague, as these will have the opposite effect, further aggravating the skin and leaving it red and sore.
For the time being, give shaving the swerve, but only until the area has healed. Doing so when the skin is already painful and inflamed will only worsen the situation, so you’re best off leaving well alone until skin has healed.
Saying that, when you do return to shaving, it’s best to stick to a regular routine. The more often you shave, the easier it becomes, whereas leaving your facial hair to sprout for weeks can lead to further skin damage and irritation. Reaching for the razor on a daily basis, but with a lighter touch, is far more beneficial – not only do you stay clean-shaven and appear well-groomed, but you also avoid issues such as ingrowing hairs, nicks, cuts, bumps – and of course, rashes.
It’s important that the damaged area of skin remains well-moisturised, as this provides it with the best chance of recovering more quickly. Reach for a lotion such as The Bluebeards Revenge Cooling Moisturiser, and you really do get more bang for your buck. With prickly pear to soften and soothe the skin and fenugreek to draw toxins out from the epidermis, reducing inflammation and swelling, sore or irritated skin will love it. Do be careful if you’ve got particularly sensitive skin anyway though, as at a time like this it’s important to approach with caution.