Fighting Razor Burn One Underarm at a Time

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RAZOR BURN. 

No matter where it’s found – it’s literally the worst. However, finding it in my underarm area is probably the most annoying and bothersome. It’s summer, so we’re all wearing less clothing, out and about, trying to look our best. But if you’re like me and go to the gym all year round, underarm razor burn can be a constant issue and takes practice to hide all time! So how do we get rid of it?

After much research, I started to realize the first mistake I’ve been making during my shaving routine is waiting until the end of my shower to do so. Apparently, the optimum time frame for shaving upon entering the shower is only about 10 minutes!  

According to Ed Grabianowski, writer for HowStuffWorks, “The moisture in the shower softens hair slightly, making it easier to shave. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to shave in the shower. For one thing, you want to get the shaving done early in the shower. After about 10 minutes, the heat and moisture of the shower make your skin swell. If you shave it then, you won’t get a very close shave. Later, when the skin dries out and returns to its unswollen state, there will be stubble.

ASK YOURSELF:

Am I applying shaving cream? This may seems obvious, but applying shaving cream or gel is one of the most important factors when trying to avoid razor burn. Because underarm skin is so  sensitive, it needs product to help the blades gently glide over the surface while shaving.

Am I applying the right brand of shaving cream? If you feel like you’re doing everything else right but continue to experience razor burn, it could be that your skin doesn’t agree with your brand of shaving cream or deodorant you’re currently using. Most antiperspirant products are loaded with chemicals, perfume, and alcohol – all of which can cause irritation or allergic reactions in the underarm area.

Am I applying too much pressure? It’s true some amount of pressure has to occur in order to get a clean shave. However, applying too much pressure can cause even the tiniest of cuts. Which may or may or may not hurt or seem like much to be concerned about, but applying deodorant afterwards can irritate your underarm skin and cause razor burn.   

TIPS: *Wait about 30 minutes after your shave before applying deodorant OR shave at night before going to bed OR start waxing the underarm area*

Shaving in the right direction? Remember to shave in the direction the hair is growing!

Exfoliating at least twice a week? This can remove dead skin cells which helps jumpstart the process of drawing out congestion. BUT ALSO –  Gently exfoliating under your arms can prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE EXFOLIATORS:

Trader Joes – Body Scrub Trio

LUSH – Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Dermalogica – Gentle Cream Exfoliant

OR – LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN:

Crafting Body Scrub

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