Extinguish razor burn

DON'T GET BURNT

Face maintenance need not be a lesson in bumps, redness and irritation. Razor burn, ingrown hairs and nicks are a combination of bad tools and bad technique. Sort yourself out with these simple steps.

  1. RAZOR BURN
  2. GET OUT OF A SCRAPE
  3. INGROWNS

RAZOR BURN

What:
Looks like a rash and as the name suggests, presents an unpleasant fiery sensation.

Causes:
A lack of skin preparation, a blunt blade dragged across the skin with too much pressure or occasionally, bacteria build up on an old razor.

Solutions:
A sharp, new blade coupled with the correct shaving cream or gel. Moisturising with an alcohol-free aftershave balm will also calm irritation.

GET OUT OF A SCRAPE

What:
Inconvenient incisions or microcuts through several layers of skin that are prone to bleeding.

Causes:
Shaving against the grain, repeating the area without extra shaving cream, using too much pressure or a blunt blade.

Solutions:
Always shave with the grain, (the direction of hair growth) remembering that not all the hair grows the same way. Using gentle strokes, a fresh blade and softening the area with a cleanser or exfoliator first will help prevent mishaps. 

INGROWNS

What:
Spots of inflammation that can look like pimples.

Causes:
Hairs curling back under the skin rather than growing straight.

Solutions:
Exfoliating regularly will release any trapped hair over time. If you've got a steady hand and can see the hair 'loop,' you can flick it out - but plucking it will make the situation much worse!