Smooth, hair-free skin is every girl’s dream, but a close shave can cause ugly, painful bumps called razor burns. Ingrown hairs are also a possibility and are just as unwanted.
Hair that’s been shaved has a sharp tip from the angle of the razor. This point is capable of penetrating your skin if the hair curves back into it, which happens the most to people with curly hair. Inflammation and swelling results as your body’s defense mechanisms kick in to protect you from the intrusion.
You can prevent razor burns from happening by thoroughly preparing your skin before you start shaving. Make sure whatever area you’re shaving is clean and exfoliated, as this will help the razor glide smoothly across your skin and prevent any nicks from becoming infected. A scrub like Philosophy – Snow Angel Body Polishing Scrub will buff away dead skin and uncover any ingrown hair you already have.
When shaving, use a fresh razor and pull it across your skin in the direction that your hair grows. Avoid going over an area multiple times. When you’re finished, apply an after-shave product like Lycon Spa – Ingrown-X-it Solution to moisturize and soothe. Your legs will thank you.