If you experience razor burn or nicks and cuts when shaving, read on to see tips for shaving sensitive skin, and start enjoying a smoother, more comfortable shave without the irritation.

A Guide to Shaving With Less Irritation

Step 1: Properly prepare your skin:

Use a face wash or facial scrub to help soften facial hair before you shave. You also should hydrate skin with warm water for at least three minutes to further soften your facial hair and make it easier to cut.

Step 2: Start with the right tools:

Use a nondrying, dermatologist-tested shave gel, such as GilletteLabs Quick Rinse Shave Gel, to soften hair and help defend your skin against nicks and cuts. Also, use an advanced multiblade razor that has blades spaced closer together, such as the SkinGuard Sensitive Skin Razor, to help reduce pressure on each blade for a close, comfortable shave.

Step 3: Check your blades:

Dull blades can lead to nicks and irritation. Change your blade when you experience tugging or discomfort. Or try a razor that features an indicator strip that will fade to white when you might no longer be getting an optimal shave.

Step 4: Use good technique:

Shave with light, gentle strokes. Your razor should do the work, not you. Start shaving with the grain (in the direction of hair growth). Then if necessary, go against the grain for an even closer shave.

Step 5: Save the best for last:

Shaving your upper lip and around your mouth at the end of your shave will give the shave gel more time to soak in, further softening your facial hair and making it easier to cut. Also, a single blade is really useful for shaving the tricky places, such as under your nose.

Step 6: Rinse your blade frequently:

Rinsing the blade often throughout your shave prevents buildup on the blade edges and cartridge, and will result in better glide and more comfort.

Step 7: Protect your face and neck:

After shaving, rinse skin with cool water and pat it dry. Then use a hydrating aftershave lotion to cool and moisturize your skin.

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