The year 2020 brought about a lot of changes to our beauty and self-grooming routine. With salons being shut for a few months, many women started shaving their faces to get rid of pesky facial hair.

While shaving is a pain-free hair removal method that comes with its own sets of benefits, it can sometimes leave your face slightly inflamed and irritated. But this isn’t a cause of worry; it only means that your face needs a little post-shaving TLC.

You don’t know what to do? DW, it’s super simple. Read on for five ways to care for your delicate facial skin post shaving…

 

01. Rinse with cold water

01. Rinse with cold water

After you’re done shaving, start by cleaning your face with lukewarm water to get rid of the shaving cream. After your face is clean, give it a final rinse with cold water. This will help shrink your pores (if any) and give your face a smooth appearance. It is also a great way to prevent the chances of ingrown hair.

 

02. Use a toner

02. Use a toner

Toner helps soothe the skin and restores its pH balance. We recommend using an alcohol-free toner such as the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner to avoid irritating the skin. Formulated with glycerine and witch hazel, this toner will soothe skin and add lost moisture back.

 

03. Moisturise right after

03. Moisturise right after

Shaving exfoliates your skin by getting rid of dead skin and surface impurities, this can leave your skin really dry and irritated. The best way to prevent this is to moisturise your face right after to prevent flakiness. Choose a deeply nourishing and hydrating product such as the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream to moisturise your skin. Enriched with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, this cream will hydrate the skin and make it appear softer and smoother.

 

04. Apply sunscreen

04. Apply sunscreen

Shaving your face can increase sensitivity, leaving it more prone to sun damage. This is why it is essential to apply a generous amount of sunscreen like the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30. This will also prevent further damage in the form of tanning, sunburn, etc.

 

05. Know when to take a break

05. Know when to take a break

Even though shaving is a great form of hair removal, it is essential to give your skin a break every once in a while. If your skin is feeling too sensitive, and you notice ingrown hair, or if you're experiencing active acne, know that it would be best to take a break and allow your skin to heal completely before shaving it again.