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How to Avoid Razor Burn

Razor burn is very painful, but you can follow these simple steps to get a smooth shave without the irritating bumps and burn.


  • Step 1: Splash skin Splash warm water on the areas that you will be shaving.
  • TIP: Shaving while showering opens pores and hair follicles, lessening the chance of razor burn.
  • Step 2: Soak washcloth Soak the washcloth in warm water, wring out any excess, and then add a few drops of baby oil to the center of the cloth.
  • Step 3: Condition skin Condition your skin by wiping it with the prepared washcloth.
  • Step 4: Apply shaving cream Apply shaving cream to your skin.
  • TIP: Warm shaving cream can help reduce razor burn.
  • Step 5: Shave Shave with a fresh razor blade to reduce abrasions and nicks. Use short strokes with minimal pressure, shave in the direction of hair growth, and rinse the blade between each stroke.
  • TIP: Try not to go over the area over and over.
  • Step 6: Rinse Rinse oil and cream from your skin using cold water and then pat dry.
  • Step 7: Soothe skin Soothe your shaved skin with aftershave cream or lotion, or aloe vera gel.
  • FACT: Did you know? Archeologists have found solid gold and copper razors in Egyptian tombs from the fourth millennium B.C.E.

You Will Need

  • Warm water
  • A washcloth
  • Baby oil
  • Shaving cream
  • A razor with multiple blades
  • A towel
  • Aftershave cream or lotion or aloe vera gel
  • A shaving cream warmer (optional)

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