During the winter when it is cold and dry it is easy to experience razor bumps or burn, other known as those pesky red bumps that appear on your calves, shins, and bikini area. Wouldn't it be ideal if shaving went a little more smoothly (yes, pun intended) and you didn't have to deal with those dreaded little bumps that itch, hurt, and irritate your skin? Thankfully there are a few tips that will help you achieve smooth skin, without those dreaded bumps. With a little bit of prep time you can say goodbye to those pesky bumps and hello to smooth skin this winter time.
Your Water is too Hot!
The first culprit that leads to razor bumps is that your water is too hot. Before you jump to conclusions, let us explain. Yes, hot water softens your skin and opens up your pores, which makes it easier to shave and get rid of dead skin cells, paving the way for new skin growth and to take place. However, it also exposes your sensitive skin cells underneath and when the water is really hot, it actually irritates your skin and also takes away the moisture, which is one of the reasons you receive razor burn. Your skin begins to get dry in hot water (yes, even though you're showering or bathing), which leads to further dry and irritated skin when you get out of the shower and go on with your day. So what's the solution? Use lukewarm water which will not feel as great as hot water, but it will irritate your skin less, which is what you want to achieve.
Exfoliate Days Before You Shave
Exfoliating your skin always feels great, doesn't it? After all, you are scrubbing away the dead skin and making way for new and healthy skin to come in. It also helps illuminate acne, eczema, and other skin problems you may be dealing with. Plus, exfoliating your legs and other sections of the body will hopefully expose your grown in hairs and smooth them away. ;) However, even though exfoliation is good for your skin, it irritates your skin too much when you want to shave soon after. Sensitive skin is left with nothing to protect itself and this is another reason why you may experience razor bumps. When skin is sensitive you shouldn't attack it more - you should allow it to heal. The solution? Exfoliate your skin days before you shave. This will cut back on irritation and allow you to shave in luke warm water that will also be easier on your skin.
There are more tips to consider, such as finding the right shaver to shave your legs and sensitive bikini area with, applying lotion after you get out of the shower, and using a quality product such as vitamin E which will soothe your skin and help prevent irritations from taking place. Stopping skin irritations may be a challenge, but it's worth it if you want to kiss razor bumps goodbye!