How to Care for Your Skin After Shaving
Feeling the burn from your razor? Put down the abrasive alcohol and read our guide to looking after your skin post shave.
Razor burn is a common male skincare issue and super uncomfortable. We all face it from time to time but if redness and dreadful stinging sensations are feeling too familiar, you need to rethink your shaving strategy and post shave care.
Which after shave balm should you be using? What’s the best aftershave balm for sensitive skin? How do you prevent recurring razor burn? You may think it’s a straightforward process, and one you have done since you were a teenager, but so many men are not giving their skin the best start to the day.
When it comes to razor burn, we bet you’ve searched high and low for the best lotion for after shaving, however to prevent the burn in the first place, you need to use a skin protecting lubricant. These help your razor glide across your skin with ease so that you are less likely to pull and scrape your skin. That’s where your shave balm comes in. Your shave balm acts as a barrier between your razor and your skin, but still allows the blades to move freely over the hairs, removing them.
Bulldog’s hydrating Original Shave Gel has been formulated specially to help your razor glide over the skin and deliver a close shave. It contains aloe vera green tea and camelina oil.
Sorry to be all negative, but we’re going to give you a couple of do’s and don’ts now but it’s for your own good.
Don’t rush- We know that you can be pushed for time sometimes. Especially in the mornings. You can speed up a shave without running a razor over your face in a speedy fashion. This is a recipe for irritation and razor burn. Instead, make sure your razor blade is new (more on that later) so hair removal is swift and easy in one stroke. Use a thin layer of shaving gel. Thick layers slow down your shave and clog your blades faster, causing you to rinse more often than needed.
Finally, exfoliate with a scrub the night before you shave. This will allow you to skip prep in the morning. Have a light hand- Don’t press too hard on your skin when you shave. Go with the grain and apply light pressure.
Original Shave Gel
This hydrating shave gel contains aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. It has been specially formulated to help the razor glide over the skin, delivering a smooth and close shave and leaving the skin fresh and clean.
How to Use:
1. Wet face with warm water.
2. Massage into your stubble.
3. Shave smooth.
4. Rinse and follow with Original Aftershave Balm.
Original Bamboo Razor
The Bulldog Skincare Original Bamboo Razor has everything you need for a great shave. 5 tempered steel blades, a lubricating strip with aloe, and a precision trimmer and pivoting design.
How to Use:
1. Exfoliate using a face scrub to lift hairs or
2. Apply your shaving cream using a shaving brush
3. Shave in the direction of hair growth
4. Rinse the razor after each swipe to unclog the blade
Original After Shave Balm
This non-sticky aftershave balm contains aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. It has been specially formulated to leave the skin feeling soft, soothed and moisturised.
How to Use:
1. Pour a 1p coin size amount into your palm
2. Apply to the face and neck after shaving
3. Leave on to absorb into the skin to soothe and moisturise
Swap Blades Regularly
Our blades have been designed to last between 5-10 shaves. This depends on how much of your face you shave. For example, if you have lots of facial hair and you just shave to keep it neat, your blade will be likely to last longer as it’s not worked as hard as it would have if you were always clean shaven.
A dull razor is more likely to pull at your facial hair instead of cutting straight through it. This can lead to irritation and razor burn. To help your razor last longer, rinse the head after shaving with warm water and store it in a dry place.
There are lots of other reasons you should regularly change your blades too! Your razor blades will have a build up of grime and bacteria over time which may lead to infection if you’re not careful. Dead skin cells, old shaving cream and loose whiskers can all find their way into the nooks and crannies of your razor, creating a not-so-nice environment – one you definitely don’t want to share with your face. Not to mention it’s just more difficult to shave with a blunt blade. You’ll end up going over the same bits again and again, which has a bad effect on your skin. As we said, the chances of infection are multiplied with an old razor blade. Tiny tears in the skin, invisible to the naked eye, could collect all sorts of nasty stuff that’ll leave the skin struggling.
Can I just dry shave?
No, you should never dry shave – it’s really not good for the skin! We recommend always using a shave gel, cream or oil to protect your skin.
“To help your razor last longer, rinse the head after shaving with warm water and store it in a dry place.”
Do I really need to use an aftershave balm?
We would say yes, it’s a great way to soothe the skin and moisturise after shaving – help your skin feel that extra bit better with a balm that works for male skin.
Why should I choose Bulldog’s shaving products?
We work hard to deliver products that work in line with your skin and your lifestyle. With great ingredients and a knowledge of the way male skin works, we’ve got wide range of product for all skin types.