Let’s talk about razor bumps.
I remember a conversation I had about shaving with some male friends of mine, and I asked them what was the number one issue they had with shaving and razor bumps came up 99% of the time. So of course I had to go and do some research and so today we're going to be talking all about them and how the right beard oil could help minimise them.
Okay so razor bumps are not be confused with razor burns and yes razor bumps affects a lot of men, but it seems to be more common with black men. Before we discuss razor bumps, let's talk about razor burns quickly. Razor burn is a type of skin irritation, which occurs as a result of friction with the razor. And it tends to cause areas of redness and irritation immediately after shaving. So if you don't lubricate your skin properly with shaving gel or cream before shaving or us a dull razor, or you have skin that is sensitive to friction, then razor burns can occur.
Now razor bumps on the other hand can develop several days after hair removal and they are essentially ingrown hairs or inflamed hair follicles, that develop as a result of shaving. Remember we said earlier, black men are much more prone to razor bumps right. And this kind of boils down to our hair type, our hair type being curly coils back underneath the skin after shaving. And it causes these unsightly and sometimes painful bumps. But if you shave correctly, or you treat your skin properly prior to, and after shaving. Then, you're less likely to get shaving bumps.
Let’s look at some of the ways that you know you can do this.
Shave with a single with a sharp and single edge razor blade. Try to avoid using razors with more than one blade, as these give you a closer shave. Now if you shave too close to your skin, it will cut the hair to a level that lies below the surface of the skin. And what will happen is that this will increase the possibility of our hair curling backwards and back into the skin before it has a chance to break through the surface of the skin
Exfoliate your skin with an exfoliating scrub and warm water prior to shaving. And this helps to clear out the pores get rid of dead skin. After exfoliating you want to put some moisture back into the skin so you would want to take some moisturising beard oil and massage it into your skin. This softens your skin and hair.
Beard oils with emollients (like our Moisturising Oil) are great for this. Emollients are essentially moisturisers which helps soften your skin and your facial hair by increasing the ability of the skin to hold water and providing the skin with a layer of oil to prevent water loss and lubricating the skin.
Next is your shaving cream, and if possible use a moisturising shaving cream and leave it to sit on your skin for about 10 minutes or so before shaving to allow it to completely coat the hairs. And then you want to shave in the direction that the hair is growing rather than the opposite direction. Shaving in the opposite direction of your hair growth gives you a closer shave, but black men, really should be aiming for a clean shave rather than a close shave.
Once you're done shaving you want to rinse your skin with some cool water ( close the pores) and apply a hydrating aftershave solution to your skin immediately after shaving to start soothe or calm your skin. Look for products that contain ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe or chamomile as these are good for soothing your skin. Our Moisturising oil contains chamomile extracts which are good for shaving aftercare and also in between shaves as well.
So, these are quick tips to kind of banish, or at least really minimise razor bumps. Now you know the steps to that baby soft skin we are all after!