THE SCIENCE BEHIND SHAVING SENSITIVE SKIN
Think sensitive skin is a woman’s problem? Not true.
According to a Gillette study, about two-thirds of guys around the globe classify themselves as having sensitive skin, which generally means itching, burning, stinging or showing symptoms of tightness, especially when exposed to irritants like soaps or shaving gels. This revelation is creating Fear of Shaving.
It’s cutting into how often men shave, and getting in the way of them showing up looking great.
Scientists at the Gillette Innovation Centre in Reading, UK decided to peel back the exact reasons why shaving can hurt. The conclusion? An inferior razor is your neck’s worst enemy.
Here are four reasons why:
- Beard hairs have a mind of their own – they grow wildly, in every direction, like that weed you just can’t kill. (But handsomer.)
- Skin only appears to be smooth. Under a strong microscope, it looks a bit like the dry, barren surface of Mars - peaks, valleys, the confirmation of frozen water – OK not that last one. The point is, your face needs a laser-sharp, expertly-made razor that can glide smoothly over its contours.
- Skin has a lot of nerve endings. When aggravated, they can cause trigeminal neuralgia, a facial pain that’s just as sad as it sounds. Avoid at all cost.
- Beard hairs are about 1,000 times stiffer than skin, so the two act pretty differently when you press on them with a razor. Trust Gillette. We know. We watch dozens of guys shave every day. (With their permission. We’re not creeps.)
Scientists still aren’t sure what causes sensitive skin, but must the guys who have it be deprived of a daily shave? After a 28-day study, Innovation Centre experts say no. As long as you have a high-quality blade and a solid shaving routine, you shouldn’t have a problem.
So shave every day if you want, guys. And flaunt that sensitive side. Just don’t ignore these tips for shaving sensitive skin.