Elias divulges the professional secrets to prevent razor burn when you shave
Razor burn is a common problem among men who shave that can cause irritation, redness and ingrown hairs. Thankfully Murdock Shoreditch Barber Elias Pashialis has the expert tips to help you prevent razor burn and achieve a soft, clean shave.
Prep the skin with Face Wash as it'll help get rid of any harmful bacteria that is on the face that may end up clogging up pores post-shave and causing irritation or spotting.
If you suffer from ingrown hairs use Face Scrub as it'll start to wear away any excess layers of epidermis that's growing over any trapped hairs. However, if you decide to do this pre-shave, you must ensure the scrub is completely rinsed as any remaining pumice granules that get caught in the razor can lead to more irritation.
Pre Shave Oil will help soften the whiskers and aid the blade to cleanly glide over the skin, reducing the chance of pulling the hairs.
Using a hot towel to steam the face also opens the pores, let's the oil soak in and helps to lift the hairs from the face for a cleaner shave.
I find less blades are better for a cleaner, closer shave. So using either an Elliot Shavette or the Ernest Safety Razor will get just as close as a Mach 3, but with less irritation. If you are using a disposable blade, ensure you change it after each shave as it'll dull every time use it, meaning re-use will increase the chance of razor burn.
I'd also use the Windsor Shaving Brush to create a lather of quality Shave Cream and to apply to the skin. This brush is particularly good for anyone with sensitive skin or prone to irritation as the hairs of the brush are extremely soft. The brush will lift the hairs off your face to aid in getting a closer shave and therefore decreases the chance of razor burn. The Shaving Cream acts as a barrier between the blade and the skin and as ours contains marshmallow and green tea extracts it creates a fluffy lather which will help to keep the skin supple and hydrated throughout the shave.
One of the most important parts of reducing razor burn and ingrown hairs is making sure you shave with the grain. Shaving this way ensures that you don't pull the hairs out of the follicle in the wrong direction leaving a damaged follicle and it doesn't risk razor burn. Also, ensuring you use a lot of tension on the skin to create a taut surface to shave on reduces the chance of the razor bumping along the skin and causing razor burn this way. So pull your skin taut with your one free hand while you shave with the grain using your other.
Finish the shave with a cool flannel as this helps to close the pores. The final, essential step is to apply Post Shave Balm which contains calendula - a natural skin food that reduces irritation and sensitivity. Combine this with a hydrating Face Moisturiser. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals to keep the skin hydrated, you'll find your skin feeling less sore and irritable after your shave.