Skin shaving

Skin Shaving Problems Solved

Here are the best practices for repairing skin damage from shaving.

Are you looking a bit scruffy for your upcoming job interview? Grab a razor and get to work. It sounds easy, doesn't it? However, we sometimes shave without thinking about the damage we're doing to our skin. Although the art of shaving has been a time-honoured tradition for centuries, it can often lead to skin issues such as razor burns, ingrown hairs and other types of irritation. Don't just accept a raw face. Follow these simple steps to prevent skin damage after shaving and come out of your routine looking your handsomest.

The Symptoms of Damaged Skin From Shaving

Shaving damages the lipid layer of your epidermis (skin), which is responsible for retaining moisture in the skin's tissues. When this top layer is compromised, your skin might become prone to irritation. If there’s a flare-up, you may experience swelling, soreness, itching, razor burn, and little red bumps, which can lead to hyperpigmentation. 

The Cause of Skin Damage from Shaving

There are several causes, including using a dull razor, shaving without lubrication, and inappropriate shaving techniques. Consider shaving skin trauma caused by the way you shave – as you glide the razor to cut the hair, it puts pressure on the top layer of the skin. This causes your skin to become dehydrated, inflame, and develop tiny microscopic tears.

How To Care For Damaged Skin From Shaving

Using products enriched with soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera, Charcoal, Chamomile and Vitamin E can speed up the healing process. It will reduce inflammation and moisturise the top layer of the skin. In addition, avoid products with high alcohol concentrations, it can dry out your skin and inhibit the healing process.

Tips To Avoid Damaging Your Skin From Shaving

  • Cleanse your face before shaving to remove excess dirt and oils. The NIVEA MEN DEEP FACE WASH contains anti-germ agents and Active Charcoal, which help reduce skin oil and spots.
  • Shaving in the shower is a pro-move. The steam and heat will open your pores and soften your hair. You may also shave with lukewarm water and a shaving gel, allowing your razor to glide across the surface without fiction. The Active Charcoal and Anti-germ agents in NIVEA MEN DEEP SHAVING GEL keep skin clean and irritant-free.
  • Shave in the direction that the hair grows. Shaving against the grain of hair growth can cause skin injury.
  • A dull blade increases the risk of shaving irritation. It is essential to replace your blades regularly.
  • Run your razor under warm water between strokes to eliminate any build-up that may be preventing you from shaving effectively. 
  • Always use a post-shave balm after shaving. NIVEA MEN'S SENSITIVE BALM with Chamomile and Vitamin E relieves shaving irritations like redness and itching.
  • Once the shaving balm has dried, apply a moisturiser. NIVEA MEN DEEP MATTE FINISH MOISTURISER provides hydration without leaving any oily residues.

If the skin damage is mild, such as razor burn, you can obtain rapid relief by rubbing a cold washcloth over your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Your skin will naturally repair the damage, but using a shaving balm or moisturiser will speed up the process. If you have a serious skin condition, an over-the-counter antibiotic cream may assist but consult with your dermatologist first. Hyperpigmentation can be treated at home, find out how you can treat hyperpigmentation today.