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How to Prevent Razor Bumps (3 Effective Ways)

Updated on May 21, 2014
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Say good bye to those irritating bumps.

Razor bumps are irritatingly painful and not so pleasant to look at whether it’s on a handsome guy’s face or on a pretty girl’s legs. The whole point of shaving is to get rid of unwanted hair and have smooth skin so who would want to receive bumps in return?

The fairer your complexion, the more visible it is. You’ve tried to shave slowly, you made sure your skin was wet and had lot of shaving cream or shower gel but still ended up getting those annoying little bumps. How?

If you want to prevent shaving bumps the next time you pick up your razor, you need to know what causes it. What disturbs the shaver from smoothly gliding on your skin? Let’s discuss the causes and effective ways to prevent it.


NO 1: Your skin is dry and full of dead skin cells.

When was the last time you gave your skin a good exfoliation? If you’re a guy, fair enough guys don’t usually give a toss about exfoliation, heck some of them don’t even know such word exists. But if you’re a girl, you have to make sure you exfoliate your skin from head to toe at least twice a month to have a beautiful soft skin.

What on earth does soft skin have with shaving? It’s simple. The softer and cleaner your skin, the easier it will be for the shaver to glide through without bumping.

No matter what gender you are, if you want the shaver to work smoothly on your skin, you must start exfoliating.

How do you exfoliate? (and the 1st best way to prevent razor bumps)

Give it a try. You don’t even have to invest a cent on it. Everything you need for a deep skin exfoliation is already in your kitchen cupboard. That’s right, grab on that salt bottle, lemon and olive oil.

  • Mix bout 2 table spoons of each into a tiny bowl or a cup and get into your bathtub. Gently massage all the parts of the body that you’re planning to shave (avoid private part) in small circular motions for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and apply your normal bath cream or shaving cream and start shaving. You will definitely see a huge difference of how smoothly the shaver will glide on your skin.

Other natural exfoliation remedies you can try:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Mix them well and massage on your skin and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. This pack will give your skin a nice deep cleansing and make it super soft before shaving.
  • You can also try massaging a scrub made out of honey, olive oil and salt.

NO 2: You care more about the price of your razor than the bumps you can prevent.

If you’re using one of those cheap razors you can get for 5 or 6 in a pack, you shouldn't be wondering why you’re getting those bumps. I know cheap doesn’t always mean poor quality but when it comes to razors, yes it does. Those $1 razors have poor quality blades compared decent priced professional razors.

Spend anywhere between $10-50 to buy a decent quality razor, preferably one that has received a lot of positive customer feedback so you know your money is not going to be wasted.


NO 3: You want to shave the whole thing in one go!

Do you attempt to shave at least 3 strikes of the skin in one go before you clean off the razor to start again? And you’re surprised about razor bumps?

No matter how much of a rush you’re in, you must never rush shaving. Take your time and do one line of skin at a time. Thoroughly clean off the razor before you start shaving the next line.

Always take a nice warm shower before you start shaving.

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What do you do to avoid razor bumps?

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