I think we can all agree that a clean shave feels great. However, if you’ve ever dealt with the irritated skin after shaving, you know how annoying and uncomfortable it can be. The ingrown hairs become itchy and red and it’s noticeable on your neck and face, but what if I told you there are ways to prevent that irritation from ever forming.

This article will dive into a handful of techniques and tips to help ensure that you get a clean and close shave without the preceding irritation and razor burn.

Take a Warm Shower Before Hand: The big benefit here is that warm water softens your hair and opens the pores in your skin, making it easier to glide the razor along your face and resulting in a close shave. A shower isn’t essential, just running warm water on a towel and placing that on your face will work as well.

Exfoliate Your Skin: Now I know “exfoliate” doesn’t sound manly, but it really is essential for shaving. Exfoliating scrubs away all of the dead skin, dirt and other debris while allowing you to see where the ingrown hairs are. You can do this by using your wife’s scrubby thing in the shower. However, if you’re single, don’t be afraid to go buy one. I got this body sponge and it actually works pretty well.

Use a Badger Brush: If you have never used one of these before, I highly suggest it. Not only does this brush allow you to cover your face with shaving cream fast and efficiently, it also gets shaving cream in every nook and cranny, so no area is missed, creating a closer shave. If you’re willing to spend some money, we suggest you buy the pure black badger brush from The Art of Shaving.

Razors: Now this will depend on the type of razor you’re using. If you’re using disposable razors, make sure to not overuse them. The low quality and dullness of these razors could lead to razor burn and ingrown hairs. We suggest using a safety razor due to its sharpness and durability. My personal favorite is the Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor DE89L due to the handle and weight of the razor allowing me to get a very close shave and significantly reducing the number of ingrown hairs I get.

Constantly Clean: There are different theories on this, but we feel strongly that you should be cleaning the blade after every stroke. Every time you move the razor on your face, it accumulates particles and can hinder you from getting the closest shave possible.

Post Clean: After you’re done shaving, it is vital that you clean your face and razor. When washing your face, use cold water because it will close up the pores and reduce the time ingrown hairs have to form. Next, clean and dry your blade. Doing this will reduce rust and increase the overall durability of your razor.

Now next time you go to shave, follow this checklist. It will not only prevent you from the irritated skin but will increase the durability of your razor. Put these practices to use, and you will see a difference!

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