We are going to focus on shaving today due to the fact that it is a pivotal part of daily hygiene. Now many of you guys out there have sensitive skin and are probably coming to question if what you are doing is proper. This includes both shaving your face with a razor, or trimming your beard with either a clipper or electric razor. The issue that men face I found was not if what product they were using was proper, but rather if the actual method itself was.
Needless to say, it doesn’t make much of a difference what method you take! It is all about the products you use instead. Now I have sensitive skin too, not as bad as many others have it but it is not rough and rugged by any means. When I first started using those cheap disposable razors or cheap clippers, I noticed that I was getting razor burns all the time. This happens because sensitive skin is very prone to getting razor burn, ingrown hairs, and shaving bumps.
No one wants that. Well I then talked to my dermatologist, and he suggested something that I never thought of before. He basically told me: “Invest in your skin and buy better products and your skin will thank you for that”. I did not understand it at the time and did not think it would make much of a difference, but what do I know since I am not a doctor.
The Truth Was Revealed: Better Products Equals A Safer Shave
Now continuing with the story just for the sake of finishing it; I rushed home and did some research online to find the best rated men’s beard trimmer because at the time I was rocking the facial hair. I found that Panasonic made a trimmer with hypoallergenic blades then, the ER-GB40-S, so I decided to give it a try as the price wasn’t even that high. I was amazed at the difference that a higher quality product made. It turns out that your doctors really do not whats good for you, right?
So the takeaway from this story is that it doesn’t matter what method you prefer to use in order to get that mustache or beard shaved, it depends on what you are using to get there. By no means am I saying to go out and spend over $100, but rather just don’t go cheap. Going cheap really has many disadvantages and it pays (no pun intended) to spend a little extra and get that better safety razor and shaving cream or that clipper.
In the end, you will see an instant difference from the moment you shave and you will have the epiphany that I also had. Now if you just follow that with a great skin care routine, you will never need to go back to a dermatologist again. The key here is to invest in yourself, grab only the higher quality tools, and just enjoy the beauty of having flawless skin; because many guys out there do not and they don’t even make an attempt to solve it.
I often get asked on how I keep my skin so clear and free of acne, pimples, and razor bumps. It is a question that I am getting tired of hearing (in a way!) even though it is meant to be as a compliment. Since beauty is my passion, I am obviously always keeping track of the latest skin care trends and I tend to test around a bit on different products and methods. Since skin care is a pretty major part of beauty, I am obviously inhibited to testing and continuous upkeep of my skin. And I never had perfect skin always. When I was a teenager, I had pimples and breakouts just like every other teen, and that’s normal. So if you are a teenager, you’re kind of out of luck because whatever you do may not be enough until you end puberty. For the older gentlemen, this routine will surely help you very well. So the purpose of this introduction is to let you know the following:
Taking care of your skin is a daily job
You will need to work every day towards achieving perfectly clear skin, it is the only way to have it. Unless you are born very lucky and have great genes that bless you with clear skin, you are just like the rest of us wishers. The routine I will leave below is going to be pretty tedious and will require an overhaul of your current lifestyle. But it’s worth it, I promise.
Use a soap or cleanser depending on the type of skin you have, whether oily, combination, or dry, (must be all natural) and wash your face. Wet your face into a damp state before applying. Wash for about a minute in circular motions or use one of those Clarisonic cleansing machines. Do this once a day every day.
Grab an oil free moisturizer and apply it on your face after washing. This will be your daily moisturizer that you will use daily, so it is a good idea to look for one that lasts for a long time.
Once a week, you need to exfoliate your face with an all natural scrub. I make my own scrub with honey, sugar and strawberries. It is very easy to make and requires literally just mixing these three ingredients together. If you want you can go out and buy one of the pre-made ones but make sure that it is all natural. You must avoid any products that have alcohol in them or other harmful products. A good and easy tip to follow is that if their is no “all natural” in the label, avoid it altogether. The reason for exfoliating is to cleanse your face fully and wipe away all those dead skin cells that are still residing on your face.
If you shave, please follow the proper steps to doing so. Take a hot shower before, do not use a dull razor, and apply shaving cream thoroughly. Do not push hard on the razor, and go slow if you are going against the grain. These simple steps will key those nasty razor bumps away. It is a crucial part in doing so.
The fifth and final step really revolves around your lifestyle. Taking care of your skin is not only just using products and cleansing your skin, but also living a healthy lifestyle overall. You need to drink plenty of water, avoid fatty or foods high in sugar, and get some exercise every other day at least.
This is literally the routine I follow and swear by. If you take these 5 steps and practice them religiously, there is no reason why your skin should not see at least a decent improvement. I have been doing this for about 8 years or so now and I have had clear skin throughout those years. Enough so that people want to keep asking me as to what I do to attain it! If you are not understanding any part of this process, feel free to leave a comment and I will be sure to clear things up for you.
Ingrown hair is one of the most annoying skin conditions where the closely shaved hair in the pore grows back into the skin, therefore causing irritation and pain. This skin condition has a scientific name of Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, but who wants to call it that right? While many people deal with this issue and it is pretty minor, the most extreme results of this condition are soreness of follicles and swelling.
Fortunately, you can prevent ingrown hair with simple and easy to follow steps. And that is what I am going to teach you today because I used to get ingrown hairs all the time back when I used to shave with a razor.
Ingredients to look for
Today the market is flooded with several products that claim to prevent or treat ingrown hairs. However, there are only a few ingredients that actually help in preventing ingrown hairs and one of them is salicylic acid. This ingredient has proven to be skin friendly by dermatologists by cleaning, exfoliating and moisturizing the skin to prevent infection in the skin pores.
Use shaving or after-shave products that have this active ingredient to and you will effectively prevent those pesky ingrown hairs from occurring. It is recommended that you also use anti-acne shaving creams that are formulated exclusively for sensitive skin with extra lubricating agents (this is mandatory for people with sensitive skin).
Try to avoid foam based shaving gels as they can dry up your skin causing irritation and rash. Alcohol-based shaving and after shave products should be avoided as they can worsen the situation by closing the skin pores with those unhealthy follicles. Using a mild scrub daily to exfoliate the dead cells is a wonderful way of preventing ingrown hair as long as you make sure that these scrubs have salicylic acid as an active ingredient.
Removing dead cells on the skin regularly is a fantastic way of managing ingrown hair. Using a soft bristle tooth brush along with face cleanser or mild face wash is another way of preventing ingrown hair. The process is done by simply moving the brush on the face in circular motions so that you clear the unnecessary follicles and allow the hair to protrude out of the skin properly.
A Lesson For Shavers
One of the major causes of ingrown hairs is shaving too close to the skin. Hair which is cut too closely gets trapped in the pore and tries to grow either inwards or sidewards. The presence of ingrown hair is irritating and painful when those bumps start to grow.
A clean and new razor blade works best when you are looking for a neat shave without the ingrown hairs. Although it is not very cost effective to use a new razor after each shave, just make sure that you do not overuse the razor when it goes dull as that will almost certainly irritate your skin. It is advisable not to pull your skin or apply too much razor pressure as well. Adjusting your shave to this shaving technique can help you to get rid of ingrown hair significantly, I promise.
Removing Present Ingrown Hairs
Use tweezers to lift the ingrown hair carefully, but before you do that you need soak your face with warm water to open the pores and loosen the follicles. Make sure you do not pluck them because plucking will result in he hair growing much deeper than before.
Lastly, avoid shaving on the bumps caused by the ingrown hair as it can cause infection. Many people do this and it is just plain wrong! There are certain over the counter medicated applications that help in reducing redness and soreness caused due to ingrown hair. You can apply a potent medicated exfoliating night cream before you go to bed to unclog the pores and free the hair before it causes irritation.
You have to make skin care a habit in order to get optimal results. The same goes for ingrown hairs, so make sure that you follow the steps above and keep a consistent process so that you can have ingrown hair free and clean skin.