3 Tips to Prevent Shaving Irritation

Say bye-bye to razor burn, skin irritation and ingrown hairs.
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If you do get an ingrown hair; here’s how to safely remove it. First apply a hot compress to the area for about 10 minutes, then wipe your tweezers with rubbing alcohol and gently extract it. Just try not to dig too much since this can make matters worse. Once you’re in the clear, dab on some Neosporin Plus Pain Relief ($9.89, cvs.com) to help healing and prevent infection. If you can’t get the hair out, stop what you’re doing and wait a day or two to try the process again.

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If shaving your legs seems to lead to dry skin, or if you have very dry skin to begin with, the trick is to moisturize your skin the night before you shave. Curel Ultra Healing Intensive for Extra Dry Skin ($6.39, drugstore.com) can keep your skin moist and supple for 24 hours. When shaving, use warm not hot water on your skin.


Use a razor that’s designed with dry skin in mind. The Schick Intuition Razor ($8.49, amazon.com) was created with a solid bar of skin conditioner that surrounds the razor head and adjusts to your needs.

Schick Intuition Razor

When shaving your legs, try mixing a shaving cream with a hydrating hair conditioner. While you may go through razors more quickly because of the amount of product used, your skin will thank you for the extra step. Opt for a multi-use conditioner like Wen by Chaz Dean Lavender Cleansing Conditioner (32 oz for $44.82 qvc.com). It’s formulated for dry, damaged hair and can be used as a shampoo, conditioner and shaving cream.

Wen Lavender Conditioner

And be sure to apply moisturizer to damp skin after shaving.

Tell us: Do you have a shaving trick that works for you?

Former magazine editor and go-to gal for all things beauty, Paige Herman-Axel is a freelance writer based in Delray Beach, Florida. Check out her website, insiderbeautybuzz.com.

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