We know that you are feeling quite happy about finally having switched to shaving (after years and years of contemplation), thereby saving yourself from those wrenchingly painful monthly waxing appointments. But we also know that you are secretly a little disappointed because you didn’t quite expect to see bumps and redness post-shaving, right? But guess what, you’re not alone. Razor bumps are a common problem that can easily be dealt with.

Scroll down to read about five major causes of razor burns along with the exact things you can do to keep them from becoming a recurring problem!

 

Why you keep getting razor burns and bumps

Why you keep getting razor burns and bumps

The causes of razor burn and bumps usually have to do with the type of razor you are using, skin type and wrong shaving technique. A blunt razor prevents you from achieving a clean shave, thereby causing bumps. Whereas, being harsh when shaving could easily irritate dry and sensitive skin, leading to rashes in the form of razor burns.

Therefore, it is important to consider these factors and take the necessary precautions mentioned below to achieve a clean and smooth shave each time!

 

01. Always exfoliate first

01. Always exfoliate first

Exfoliating the area before you start shaving helps in sloughing away dead skin cells and surface impurities. This prevents ingrown hair by allowing your razor to give you a closer shave. And if you are looking for a nice body scrub, we recommend you check out the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Kiwi Seeds and Cool Aloe. This body scrub not only exfoliates but also does other cool stuff like fight ageing, brighten skin, and even moisturise it.

 

02. Use a good quality razor

02. Use a good quality razor

Using a dull, blunt and single-blade razor is another major cause of bumps and burns and is, therefore, best avoided. Using a blunt razor can make you go over the same area multiple times, increasing the chance of burns and bumps. Thus, it is best to replace your razor every couple of weeks and opt for one with three to four blades for best results.

 

03. Don’t forget to soak

03. Don’t forget to soak

Experts recommend that it is best to shave your legs while in the shower and let soak the area to be shaved in lukewarm water for a few minutes before starting with the process. This opens up the pores and softens the hair, which considerably reduces skin irritation and bumps.

 

04. Use a shaving cream

04. Use a shaving cream

Skipping the shaving cream is a rule you must never break, especially if you notice frequent rashes and bumps post-shaving. Shaving creams and gels actually help to hydrate your skin to reduce irritation and deliver a close shave.

 

05. Moisturise the area

05. Moisturise the area

Shaving can leave your skin really dry and irritated, which can later cause burns and bumps. Therefore, remember to moisturise your hands and legs immediately after you’ve stepped out of the shower. Use a calming yet nourishing formula such as the Dove Light Hydration Body Lotion. This lightweight and non-sticky formula absorb quickly to give you soft, smooth and hydrated skin instantly.