- How to Make Shaving Last Longer – 6 Tips for Smooth Shaved Legs
- 1. Exfoliate the day before shaving
- 2. Shave at the end of the shower
- 3. Always use a moisturizing shave gel or cream
- 4. Choose a razor with built-in hydration
- 5. Be sure to change your blades
- 6. Add a body oil to your regimen,
- Want a Smooth, Safe Shave Every Time? Try These 10 Tips
- 10 tips for a closer shave
- 12 Shaving Tips to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
- The No BS Guide to Easy-to-Follow Skin Care for Men
- 1. Cleanse
- 2. Repair
- 3. Moisturize and protect
- 1. Know your skin type
- 2. Forget gender
- 3. Consider your ethnicity
- 4. Experiment
- Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips Every Woman Should Know
- 1. Get Rationally Optimistic
- 2. Unplug Through Meditation
- 3. Go Easy on the Caffeine
- 4. Relax the Body Through Supplements
- St. John’s Wort
- Rhodiola Rosea
- 5. Do Some Good Old-Fashioned Exercise
- Final Thoughts
- More Tips on How to Relieve Stress
- Shaving Tips For Sensitive Skin
- DO YOU REALLY HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?
- WHAT TO DO ABOUT SENSITIVE SKIN
- 13 PROVEN WAYS TO SOOTHE SENSITIVE OR IRRITATED SKIN, FROM THE GROOMING LOUNGE ELITE BARBERSHOPS
- PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE TIPS:
- Moisturize Your Skin, Every Morning and Every Night:
- Gently Exfoliate Your Skin, Once a Week:
- PROFESSIONALLY INSPIRED SHAVING ROUTINE FOR THOSE WITH IRRITATION AND BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN
How to Make Shaving Last Longer – 6 Tips for Smooth Shaved Legs
Things can get prickly a day or two after shaving, but now that shorts weather is here, you can't skip days you did in the winter.
You don't necessarily have to shave more often, but you have to do it differently. Everything from how you prep your skin to the direction you move the razor can impact how long you stay stubble-free.
Here, experts share how to extend your shave for super-smooth skin 24/7.
1. Exfoliate the day before shaving
To remove hairs super close to their roots, buff your skin with a body scrub or body cream that has glycolic, lactic, or alpha hydroxy acid to erase dead skin cells as well as dislodge ingrown hairs, says dermatologist Jennifer Chwalek of Union Square Laser Dermatology in NYC. Try lactic and glycolic-acid based DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub, which combines the benefits of chemical and mechanical exfoliants for silky skin.
2. Shave at the end of the shower
By washing away dirt and oil from your skin first, hairs are totally exposed and you can catch them right at the root. Plus, the heat and humidity that builds up in the shower helps soften skin and hair, making them easier to cut.
3. Always use a moisturizing shave gel or cream
Def not a smooth move to skip this step. And, BTW, shower gel is *not* shaving gel. The latter has more slip so razor blades can work their magic without getting clogged up. Now that that's settled, let's go back to the basics.
Every time you shave, cover the area with a thick layer of shaving cream or gel. The goal is to soften the hair and skin underneath so the razor just glides, says Neal Schultz, a dermatologist in NYC.
Skintimate Signature Scents Shave Gel in Raspberry Rain is formulated with vitamin E and olive butter to do just that, and leaves behind a yummy fruity scent that smells summer.
4. Choose a razor with built-in hydration
Along with applying a shaving cream, use a razor that has moisturizing ingredients. The Schick Hydro Silk Razor includes a hydrating serum to keep skin hydrated for up to two hours post-shave.
5. Be sure to change your blades
The reason is simple: A dull blade won’t get rid of stubble as close to your skin’s surface, so you have to shave sooner.
Which is the exact opposite of what you want, right? You’ll know when it’s time to ditch when “the blade will feel as if it’s dragging instead of gliding,” explains Dr. Schultz. Make it convenient for yourself and keep blade refills at the ready.
Schick Hydro Silk Shower Hanging Refills make it super easy to never forget to change your blade. The handy pack is waterproof and comes with a hook to hang right in your shower. Done and done.
6. Add a body oil to your regimen,
Body oils coconut, argan, or olive oil not only keep skin nourished, moisturized, and glowy (dewy skin makes stubble less noticeable!), but they can also soften hairs so that they're easier to shave. Using these before bed helps you soak in the benefits overnight.
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Want a Smooth, Safe Shave Every Time? Try These 10 Tips
For some of us trying to get a good shave, it can seem hit or miss. You might wonder why you don’t always get a smooth result.
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There are some ways to get a smoother, safer shave, says Sondra Powell, manager of Cleveland Clinic’s Aesthetics Program. She says of all the ways to remove unwanted hair, razors are ideal. “Using a razor represents the easiest and most convenient way to remove unwanted hair,” she says.
10 tips for a closer shave
Many men and women don’t shaving and view it as a necessary evil. Ms. Powell shares these tips to help make your shaving ritual more enjoyable and effective:
1. Never dry shave. Dry shaving increases the risk of cuts and irritation, Ms. Powell says. It also keeps you from making the most of one of shaving’s benefits: exfoliation.
You’ll get a more effective exfoliation if you soften your skin first, which is why she recommends shaving near the end of your bath or shower time.
She says your skin needs a minimum of 10 minutes in the warm water to soften adequately.
2. Exfoliate. “Don’t forget that you can use the classic exfoliation products loofahs and bath scrubs prior to shaving,” says Ms. Powell. Exfoliating first helps keep the razor from getting overloaded with dead skin cells, which reduces its efficiency.
3. Use cooler water. If you very hot shower or bath water, make sure to cool the temperature down a bit before shaving. Your skin may become too soft and therefore more prone to cuts if it’s in very hot water too long, Ms. Powell says.
4. Use shaving cream instead of soap. Many men and women think soap and water provide a great lubricant for helping the razor glide along the skin, but it may have an astringent effect, leading to dry, flaky skin after drying.
Instead, use a foam or gel formulated specifically for shaving – or even hair conditioner or body oil – to help the razor glide along more easily, Ms. Powell says. And these products will keep your skin soft and supple well after you dry it off.
5. Ladies, stay away from your man’s razor. Women can use a man’s shaving foam or gel, but it’s not a good idea to use his razor. Men’s razors are designed for the hair growth characteristics of a man’s beard.
Use a razor made especially for women because they are designed to work on body hair and its specific growth pattern. The same goes for men – avoid using your lady’s razor if yours has become dull.
6. Pay attention to the direction of hair growth. For a closer shave and more effective hair removal, shave against the way the hair grows. For example, hair tends to grow downward on the legs. Shave upward to get the smoothest results.
When it comes to underarm hair, Ms. Powell says to first shave upward to get the exposed shaft, and then reverse direction to get the root.
7. Close your pores. The warm water of a shower or bath opens skin pores. After you shave, rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove all traces of foam. Then rinse with cold water to close the pores. You may want to apply a hydrating moisturizer immediately after drying off to prevent flakiness and drying. If you use self-tanning lotion, this is the time to apply it.
Ms. Powell adds that the process of wax hair removal leaves pores open. If you then apply self-tanning lotion, the product can enter the pores and give you a freckled look rather than a smooth tan.
8. Ignore myths about thicker hair regrowth. Stories abound that shaving stimulates hair growth and makes it return thicker and faster than ever before. This simply isn’t true, according to Ms. Powell.
“Hair may appear thicker when growing back in after a shave, but it’s just an illusion. New growth of about an inch per month is normal,” she says, adding that hair growth rate and volume is controlled from inside your body and has nothing to do with the external act of shaving.
9. Protect skin from the sun. Use sunscreen at all times, not just when lounging at the pool or beach. After shaving, your skin becomes more sensitive and the sun’s damaging rays can cause more damage than ever.
“Ideally, you should wait 24 hours before exposing freshly shaved skin to extended periods in the sun,” Ms. Powell says. When you do venture out to enjoy the warmer weather, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 and reapply after swimming in water or after sweating.
10. Replace razors regularly. If you notice an accumulation of gunk or waste in your razor, don’t try to clean it out with a brush or other tool. If the waste doesn’t rinse out easily with a stream of water, this is the first sign that you need to replace your razor.
Even if it still cuts well, a razor with impacted waste can introduce bacteria into open pores or cuts and cause an infection.
Following these tips every time you shave can help you keep your skin in tip-top shape for summer or any weather.
12 Shaving Tips to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Shaving is a quick and inexpensive method for hair removal but it can pose problems for those with darker skin or with curly or coarse hair. Shaving cuts hair at the surface and can cause irritated skin and ingrown hairs. In addition to ingrown hairs, improper shaving techniques can lead to dark pores and dark spots on the skin.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve a smooth shave without skin irritation and the formation of ingrown hairs.
Legs can be puffy due to reduced circulation and blood flow. Do a few stretches, or sun salutations or simply move around for about 15 minute to get your system going.
- In the bath: Bathe with warm (not hot) water so that hair can be easily removed when the pores are open. Bathing softens hair and makes it easier to cut. Soak for only 2-3 minutes and no more than 10. If you soak too long, the skin will begin to wrinkle and swell, making it more difficult to shave.
- In the shower: A quick shower might be your best bet if you plan to shave, that way you won’t be tempted to soak too long. The steam from the shower will open up the pores and soften the hair for a better shave. Again, don’t use hot water on your skin—it will be too drying.
Exfoliation helps reduce the occurrence of ingrown hairs. It unclogs pores by removing excess sebum, dirt and grime on the skin. Regular exfoliation will help ingrown hairs grow the hair follicle instead of curling back into the skin and help loosen any hairs that might get trapped beneath dead skin. Dead skin can also clog razors and lead to an uneven shave.
If you are a regular shaver, you only need to exfoliate once a week. This is to avoid irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Shaving in itself actually exfoliates the skin.
Use a multiple blade razor with helpful features spring-mounted blades, ergonomic handles, and something to protect the skin while lifting hairs, moisturizing strips. A disposable razor the Gillette Venus Embrace is a great option.
This can cause the razor to drag on the skin and cause irritation.
If you shave regularly, it will probably need to be replaced after five or six uses. You can also tell if your razor needs to be replaced if you're finding yourself applying too much pressure in order to get a close shave. With a good razor and shave cream, you needn’t press too hard.
Always use a shaving gel or cream. Never shave dry skin. A shaving gel or cream will help the blade glide along the skin and reduce irritation and nicks. Irritated and inflamed skin can lead to blockage of the hair follicle leading to ingrown hairs. Shaving cream and gel also helps skin retain moisture as you shave.
Which should you use? Gels are better at helping the blade glide along the skin as you shave. Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel is a great option for sensitive skin and also helps prevent razor burn. Creams are great to use if you need extra moisture.
Skintimates makes a great moisturizing shaving cream that leaves legs smooth and soft.
Shaving against the grain does give a closer shave, but when you shave too close the regrowth can curl back, breaking the skin surface and becoming ingrown, causing an infection in the follicle, redness, and inflammation. Shave with light pressure, with long, gentle strokes, taking your time to avoid nicks and scrapes.
Shave gently in the direction of hair growth to avoid ingrown hair. Hair on the leg usually grows downward.
- Clean razor while shaving: Rinse the razor often while shaving for a cleaner and more even shave.
- Apply moisturizer: Rinse skin thoroughly to remove shaving gel or cream. Then apply moisturizer within five minutes after shaving to seal in moisture. The moisturizer should have soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients, nothing with potential irritants. Opt for aloe vera or shea butter.
- Use natural disinfectants to treat ingrown hairs: If you have ingrown hairs, you can use olive, almond, or jojoba oil directly on the affected areas. Also, use natural disinfectants tea tree oil or lavender essential oil to help reduce inflammation.
- Rinse and air-dry your razor. Don’t dry with a towel or tissue, which can damage the blade.
The No BS Guide to Easy-to-Follow Skin Care for Men
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If you’ve been skipping out on skin care, it’s time to talk. You don’t need to do much to repair, protect, and even pamper your mug. We’re recommending the most basic adjustments for long-lasting results. Come learn how to combat breakouts, shaving irritations, and those fine lines that’ll creep nowhere.
Plus, a little shine on the outside treats the inside, too.
Here’s how to get started — or how to brush up your game, because there’s always something new to help buff up your glow.
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As with anything we do and expect results, skin care requires consistency. But developing a routine can seem daunting if you don’t know what to do or use.
That’s why we asked Dr. William Kwan, a board-certified dermatologist in San Francisco, California, to streamline skin care. Here are the three most important steps he highlights, ones that men usually skimp on.
One thing dudes have gotten right is not washing their face every single morning. This is because washing too much can ruin your skin’s natural oils.
But this only works if you wash every night. We start each day with a clean slate, so why not let your skin end on a fresh note, too? Don’t let dirt and pollution soak into your pores overnight.
Kwan recommends using a mild foaming cleanser before you shave to help reduce surface oil. As long as you don’t have sensitive skin, you can alternate between an exfoliating cleanser for an enhanced shaving experience and a mild wash.
Pro tip: If you have oily skin, you can use a hot towel to clean your face in the morning. Splash with cold water for a refreshing boost.
Our skin takes a beating over time, thanks to free radicals causing oxidative stress. Without going into a chemistry lesson, oxidative stress relates to our bodies’ negative reaction to bad things :
- air pollution
- cigarette smoke
- industrial chemicals
- UV rays
“An antioxidant serum, for example, vitamin C, is helpful to reduce damage and should go on in the morning underneath moisturizer,” Kwan says.
Apply after your shaving routine.
Pro tip: Before bedtime, Kwan recommends a retinol cream for those in their 30s and up. “Retinol helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles,” he explains.
3. Moisturize and protect
In the a.m., follow up your antioxidant serum with a moisturizer that has at least SPF 30. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach or outdoor sports. Incidental sun exposure, the time you spend walking to the train or sipping a beer on the patio after work, adds up and causes skin damage.
At night, opt for a lightweight moisturizer without sunscreen.
Pro tip: You don’t have to moisturize at night if your skin isn’t dry! Moisturizing is a lot drinking water. Do it when you need it.
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From luxury beard oils to tasty, pocket-friendly lip balms, more products have hit shelves with men in mind. Now the dude-specific skin care industry has been more on-point than ever. Which is great — but the influx might also leave you feeling at a loss for what to buy.
Here are a few things to consider.
1. Know your skin type
“Men tend to have oily and thicker skin, mainly due to the effects of testosterone,” Kwan says. Many products for fellas will be formulated to combat oil. But if you have flaky, dry skin, seek out products that address that. For dry skin, Kwan recommends a cream cleanser and a heavy moisturizer.
You may also have a mix of oily and dry patches. If so, look for products formulated for combination skin. And if you have sensitive skin, you may be prone to burning, stinging or irritation. Choose products listing as few ingredients as possible.
Take this quiz to learn your skin type.
Pro tip: Try “cocktail moisturizing.” This isn’t a fuss-free way to do skin care, but it can be game-changing for combination skin. Instead of using an “all-in-one” moisturizer, try tackling your individual skin concerns with targeted products.
Products to try:
2. Forget gender
“Men-specific products are nice, but many skin care products are unisex and typically are suitable for men and women,” Kwan says.
Don’t limit yourself to skin care lines packaging. If you’re hoping to avoid scents, look for fragrance-free products. Or opt for items with earthy or woodsy essential oils, sandalwood or cedarwood. These can also have a calming effect.
3. Consider your ethnicity
Your heritage may affect your skin type and skin care needs. “African-American men tend to have more ingrown hairs, usually related to the natural curl of the hair,” says Kwan, a specialist in ethnic skin. “For these men, I often recommend using a depilatory instead of shaving to reduce razor bumps.”
“Asian and Hispanic men are more prone to irregular skin pigmentation,” he continues, “so they should be careful of sun exposure and perhaps add a skin-brightening product to their regimen.”
Products to try:
“Choosing skin care is often as easy as trial and error,” Kwan says. “If possible, buy products from a store that allows returns, or start with samples.”
If you’re still at a loss for what to put in your medicine cabinet, one way to play around with products is to order a subscription or sample box that sends you a selection of travel sizes your preferences.
Products to try:
- Louis Pierre / Men’s Set
- Jack Black’s Power Pack
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Bumpy textures are usually the biggest concern guys face when it comes to skin care, Kwan says. He often treats men for razor burn, ingrown hairs, or pimples.
Shaving is one of the most common causes of irritation, but a proper skin care routine in conjunction with shaving can improve skin.
“Start with something simple, a salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide wash in the shower daily,” says Kwan. This type of cleanser will help treat most bumps, folliculitis, ingrown hairs, and acne. “I do recommend electric razors if you get ingrowns or too irritated from shaving. They tend to be a bit easier on the skin.”
The market for men’s personal grooming products is projected to grow to more than $60 billion by the end of the decade. That stat should tell you that more guys are giving up outdated ideas skin care and pampering should be left to the gals.
Research shows that skin concerns or disorders can affect self-image, relationships, and performance. But it’s never too late to develop a skin care routine.
A master thesis Karlstad University in Sweden found that men, from ages 15 to 45, are taking control of their appearance and hygiene and embracing ideas of self-care. Guys are buying products as a way to solve skin issues and boost self-esteem.
Working to solve skin concerns, if any, gives you a bit of control over them and helps you build confidence.
Women have long used skin care habits and products as a way to ready themselves for the day or to decompress at night. Fellas should follow suit, if they aren’t already.
Even a simple regimen can become a part of what you do for your well-being. If you think skin care habits are frivolous or vain, then take a cue from f.c., blogger behind Simple Skincare Science. He’s a prolific male skin care blogger who battled years of skin issues and now shares his insights regarding various products and techniques.
He writes: “I urge you to remember that part of our skin journey is about practicing self-love.” Self-compassion is linked to how we treat and care for others, so you’ve got nothing to lose by being kind to your skin.
Jennifer Chesak is a Nashville-based freelance book editor and writing instructor. She’s also an adventure travel, fitness, and health writer for several national publications. She earned her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill and is working on her first fiction novel, set in her native state of North Dakota.
Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips Every Woman Should Know
Last Updated on May 13, 2020
Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, just had your first child, or are having money trouble. You may feel overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it.
We all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques, and knowledge that will allow you to learn how to relieve stress once it comes.
Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life.
1. Get Rationally Optimistic
Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.
This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily fixed by recognizing that although life might not always be going as you think it should, you can still benefit from the moment and find things to be grateful for.
In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”
Some people may find the process of going from pessimistic to optimistic difficult. To get started, try writing down three good things that happen each day. This will begin to help you realign the way you think and find moments of gratitude.
2. Unplug Through Meditation
Just you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind when your thoughts go into a mental tailspin.
How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.
It isn’t nearly as difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.
If you’re not quite ready to try meditation, start by trying to focus on your breath from time to time. Feeling overwhelmed? Sit down and take five long, deep breaths. See how that changes how you’re feeling.
3. Go Easy on the Caffeine
Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.
According to recent research, low doses of caffeine over time can actually improve your resilience to stress and anxiety, but high levels of continuous caffeine intake has the opposite effect. The point is that while one cup of coffee in the morning or a soda at lunch ly won’t hurt you, do your best to keep your caffeine intake low to ensure lower stress levels.
If you’re ready for it, try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. You can check out other natural ways to boost your energy instead. If that’s completely the question for you, at least try to minimize caffein intake. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your level of caffeine goes down.
4. Relax the Body Through Supplements
That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and they are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.
How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St. John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea.
Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is a naturally-growing flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.
While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation.
5. Do Some Good Old-Fashioned Exercise
This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress getting your heart rate up. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.
The result: mental stress will diminish considerably.
If you’re not currently an active person, that’s ok! Everyone has to start somewhere. If you’re not ready for a gym membership just yet, try going for a ten minute walk each day, or find an exercise buddy to join you at the local track. Pretty soon, you may find you’re motivated to try a new sport or check out that new Zumba class at the gym.
Stress happens to all of us, but we don’t have to let it control our lives. It will naturally come and go, but you can reduce the chunk of time it takes from your happiness by tapping into the tips above and finding what works for you.
More Tips on How to Relieve Stress
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Shaving Tips For Sensitive Skin
Does your morning shave extract more blood than a Red Cross drive? Razor burn, bumps and irritation a predictable part of your day?You aren’t alone. In a 2011 medical survey, nearly 45% of the men who answered said they had sensitive, up to very sensitive skin. This could be because of your skincare routine, or even the way you shave your face.
Or, in some cases, you may truly have clinically sensitive skin.
Never fear! The Grooming Lounge is here to help pinpoint what’s going on with your touchy skin challenges.
In this article, we also provide you professional tools and techniques — straight from our Barbers’ noggins — that you can use right at home to help soothe and heal your sensitive and irritated skin problems.
DO YOU REALLY HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?
As we stated before, around 45% of men report having sensitive skin. Surprisingly, these men believe that skin irritation, regular breakouts, ingrown hairs and bleeding while shaving are a reflection of their skin type.
However, they don’t usually stop to consider if it might be their shaving tools or routine.
As the barbers at our elite Barbershops explain, “Often, men don’t necessarily have sensitive skin. They’re just not aware of the best tools for shaving.
They also don’t know that their shaving technique could be causing problems for their skin.”
(In case you’re curious, we’ve taken the insights of our professional Barbers and outlined the path to The Greatest Shave Ever in a handy guide.)
If you’re following a good skincare regimen — daily gentle cleansing, daily moisturizing and weekly exfoliation — but you still have skin issues crop up, there are only a couple things that could be causing it:
- Your skincare products aren’t right for you.
- You need to change your shaving routine, because the one you’re using currently is irritating your skin.
- You legitimately have sensitive skin. Which can either be healed or made worse by the products you use or your shaving routine/tools.
So, what do dermatologists look for when diagnosing sensitive skin? Here’s a quick description of a few clinical sensitive skin categories. There are several more categories and diagnoses than we can outline in a single article. Generally the following bullets cover the most prevalent clinical sensitive skin issues and symptoms:
- Skin Reactions: this can include noticeable and extreme reactions such as rash, skin bumps, skin erosion, or pimples due to putting something on, or doing something to your skin. For instance, you may have a favorite skin lotion you to apply after shaving. A dermatologist would try to isolate that skin lotion and see if you’re having a reaction to it––and how severe that reaction is.
- Very Dry Skin: this is categorized by itchiness, redness, regular flaking, a dry rash or even something that looks a heat rash. Basically, does your skin become so dry (or consistently stay very dry) to the point that it’s not properly protecting nerve endings in the skin? You’ll know if this is you, because it can make even the slightest touch feel fire or needles running across your skin.
- Eczema and/or Rosacea: this is upgrading the Very Dry Skin from a category 4 to a category 10 in terms of pain, reaction, symptoms, etc. Unfortunately, even the best over the counter products may not be the right solution for you. Eczema and Rosacea ridden skin often requires clinical products to help calm and heal the skin. However, our shaving tips below can help you if you’re in a job where it’s necessary to keep your skin hair free on a regular basis.
- Severe Ingrown Hairs: while these are prevalent amongst those who have extremely curly hair, it’s important to note we’re talking about ingrown hairs that reach an almost cystic state. The cause of normal ingrown hairs is that the regrowing hair curls back toward the skin rather than breaking the surface of the dermis. This causes a painful sensation as the sharp edge of the hair is prodding back into deeper layers of skin. As a result, an inflamed bump pops up. Normal ingrown hairs are easy to treat. Severe Ingrown Hairs may be due to a combination of other sensitive skin factors that prevent even the thinnest and straightest hair from being able to break the skin when it regrows. Again, this may be something that needs to be treated by a doctor. However, having the right shaving routine and tools will make a world of difference in how often this occurs in your skin.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT SENSITIVE SKIN
For many people reading this article, they will not fit the categorizations bulleted above. Instead, you’ll simply find that your normal skincare and shaving rituals are just not the right fit for you and causing skin challenges as a result.
How can you discern the difference? Read the tips and insights below from our elite Barbershops about men’s daily skincare and shaving. Make a few easy changes to your routine, and see if things improve.
For the majority of men, this will solve the problem in a matter of weeks, if not days!
If you still find after changing things up that you still have symptoms of sensitive skin, it may be time to go see a Dermatologist.
Having the right routine can help soothe symptoms of clinically sensitive skin, but they will not cure the problem alone. Combining our routine tips with seeing a skin doctor can help take you that extra mile to getting the radiant, handsome mug that you want and deserve.
13 PROVEN WAYS TO SOOTHE SENSITIVE OR IRRITATED SKIN, FROM THE GROOMING LOUNGE ELITE BARBERSHOPS
As we’ve mentioned throughout this article, the listed techniques, tips, and even many of the tools can work for both those who simply need to upgrade their skin or shaving routine, and for those with clinically sensitive skin.
PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE TIPS:
Cleanse Your Skin Gently, Every Morning and Every Night:
Do not use that Irish Spring soap you bought from a corner store.
Invest in a gentle foaming or gel skin cleanser that is free from irritants, scent and alcohol. our Grooming Lounge Mug Cleaner Face Wash, or Urth Face Wash.
Both of these help to cleanse the skin, without stripping it of all the good stuff it needs to stay healthy.
Moisturize Your Skin, Every Morning and Every Night:
Again, the key to a good moisturizer is to grab one that is formulated without irritants, perfumes or scents, and has zero alcohol. The key is that it should be gentle and work for combination skin.
Most people with sensitive or irritated skin problems waver back and forth between patches of dry scaly skin, and oily slick skin. A good moisturizer will help balance both. Here’s our top recommended day moisturizer, and here’s our top recommended night moisturizer.
Remember, healthy skin has the right amount of moisture to prevent dry skin (which doesn’t fully protect your nerve endings), and also prevents the skin from making excess sebum (oil).
Gently Exfoliate Your Skin, Once a Week:
Shaving in and of itself acts as a surface-exfoliant, because it scrapes off dead skin cells and removes hair. However, it’s good to exfoliate your skin at least once a week with a very gentle scrub or mask.
There’s a lot of excess dead skin cells, oil and deeply embedded dirt beyond the first layer of your dermis. A scrub and/or mask can help you get all that nasty stuff your skin and let it breathe.
If you’re looking for a good mask we have a separate guide for that.
Get Plenty of Sleep: your skin repairs itself while you sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep it shows with baggy dark eye circles, “tired” looking skin, more fine lines, and often even breakouts. Make sure you’re getting a solid 6-8 hours if you want your skin in tip-top shape.
Stay Hydrated: irritated and/or sensitive skin is typically extremely thirsty. It’s it can’t get enough moisture. While you can help combat that with a daily and nightly moisturizer, it’s also important you make a point to get enough water in a given day.
Plus, you’ll feel more energized and have better clarity of thought throughout your day. A good indicator is if your pee is yellow all the time, you are ly dehydrated and need to drink more water.
As an added bonus to following these tips, you’ll also find that you’re proactively fighting the aging process. Having a good skincare routine is about more than having clear, radiant skin. It’s a vital part of your everyday health, as well as your confidence.
When you feel good about the face you show the world, you free up your mind and emotions to make better decisions and connections. Isn’t that worth 15 minutes of your day?
PROFESSIONALLY INSPIRED SHAVING ROUTINE FOR THOSE WITH IRRITATION AND BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN
Get The Greatest Shave Ever:
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Invest In Blades: Sure it’s pricey, but dull or disposable blades are killers for touchy skin as their drag inflames an already flammable situation.
Swapping out blades every two shaves will save some face — which means it’s worth the investment.
Our best selling double-edge razor can be found here, our best selling head razor can be found here, and our best selling back shaver can be found here. Because you’re worth it, right?
Be Gentle: When shaving, do so slowly while applying light blade pressure. Only shave with the grain of hair growth, resisting the temptation to get stubborn hairs by going against the grain.
When you go against the grain, it often twists the hairs and causes inflammation, nicks the skin into bloody little patches and can even cause ingrown hairs and breakouts.
Using a shave oil, such as our Beard Master Shave Oil, improves razor glide to reduce irritation and subsequent ingrown hairs.
Shave Less Often: as we said in our earlier tip box, those with truly sensitive or irritation-prone skin may not be suited to shave every day. If that seems to be the case for you, shave every 2-3 days instead.
You may have a little bit of stubble on the in-between days, but that’s far better than having a red and inflamed face.
(And you know we’re telling you the truth, because we make our money when you shave more often and buy more products!)
Soak In The Aftershave: After shaving applying a milky, alcohol-free post-shave balm liberally is MANDATORY. It’s a second moisturizer for the skin.
If you’re doing it right, it will probably look a mask at first. But, remember this: dry skin is so thirsty it will lap up needed moisture pronto.
Just walk around and sing your favorite manly tunes while it soaks into your poor dry dermis.
Prepare For The Elements:
Since touchy skin tends to be affected by sun and wind burn more easily after shaving, it’s important to apply a product with an SPF (we suggest Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer) prior to heading out the door. These products can be layered on top of or in some cases, used in place of a moisturizing post shave balm.
IF YOU HAVE CLINICALLY SENSITIVE SKIN Avoid Sunscreens With Chemical Ingredients: there are two types of ingredients in sunscreens.
There are physical ingredients that block UV rays, and then there are chemical ingredients that block UV rays. The chemical kind are usually hard to pronounce ( the commonly used avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone).
These ingredients are known to cause skin inflammation, which are especially bad when combined with already clinically sensitive skin.
Use A Treatment:
In many cases, excessive ingrowns, rashes and such can be treated pretty effectively with targeted razor irritation solutions, such as our proprietary and award winning Grooming Lounge Shavior balm.
Items The Shavior can reverse the aesthetic effects of razor irritation. However, it’s always better to proactively avoid the problem with better shaving routines, rather than treating the problem after the fact.
For other skin irritations, you might want to consider the all-in-one Skincando Combat-Ready Balm.
You don’t have to live with an embarrassing and uncomfortable complexion. Experiment with our 13 tips to find what works for you.Taking care of your skin is about so much more than vanity. It’s about taking care of your health, preventing premature aging and improving your confidence so you can conquer the day. What could be more manly than that?
If you have any questions about how to take care of your skin, you can chat with one of our accommodating Grooming Experts. They’ll help you find the solution that’s right for your unique skin needs.