There’s nothing worse than razor fear, enhanced further by knowing that afterwards, your skin is going to look red, irritated and dehydrated. Aside from picking up the pieces and trying your best to navigate these confidence zappers, you’ll more than likely be battling with the discomfort of razor burn. However gentlemen, now’s your opportunity to take out a little Fire Insurance policy from the grooming gods, letting you enjoy a successful shave, without counting the cost from your crippling confidence. In today’s men’s grooming blog, I’ll be showing you some quick fixes, as you master how to finally fight razor burn.

Regular shaving is an effective form of exfoliating. In other words, it’s great at sloughing away dead skin cells from the skin. However, going a little OTT on the razor can often lead to razor bumps and nicks and ultimately razor burn, something which isn’t going to get you too many thumbs up. If you’re at the depths of your despair, I advise you to take a few days off your shaving routine, regroup and follow some of these neat little tricks to get your grooming game firmly back on.

One of the biggest things you can do before shaving is to take a nice long steamy shower. Doing so, will loosen up the skin and release tension within it, as well as begin to soften your facial hair, prior to the application of your chosen Shaving Cream, gel or oil. When you’ve chosen your weapon of choice, be sure to lather it up nicely on the skin and leave it to rest on the skin for about a minute, before beginning your shave. If you can, deploy the use of a badger shaving brush, as these generally generate thicker lather and spread product nice and evenly. Follow these two steps to begin with and you’re seriously reducing the risk of razor bumps, irritation and ingrown hairs.

You’ll be shocked at the number of guys who shave with old razors. Razor blades at their sharpest, cut effectively, don’t create tiny tears on the skin, nor do they generate that dreaded tug and pull. If you’ve used your blades more than three or four times, it’s time to chuck them out, as continuing to use them will seriously increase the likelihood of shaving rash and razor burn. Moreover, when you’re starting your shave, I tend to begin with the sides of my face and neck, before moving onto the thicker areas of my facial forest. Doing this, gives the thicker patches of hair sufficient time to sufficiently soak up my chosen lather, making it much more easy to glide the razor through it, when I get to that area. Put you grooming gremlins in check mate and always remember to play in the right zones.

Another big tip is to make sure you’re monitoring the pressure that you’re putting through your razor. If you put too much pressure on it, you’re going to generate more redness and pain, made even worse if you’re blades are blunt. You could even invest in a vibrating razor to help you control the pressure you’re putting onto your skin, but if not, it just highlights further, why it’s crucial to keep changing your razor blades regularly.

A few final tips now, and the first is to remember to rinse your blade ever two or three strokes on the skin, this will ensure product doesn’t become clogged around the individual blades and increase the chance of nicks and bumps. Remember to always shave in the direction of hair growth and never go against the grain, as doing so will cause tiny little cuts beneath the surface of your epidermis and only result in you harming it more. This will also increase the chances of ingrown hairs, which can prove to be quite painful. Finally, splash your face with some cold water to refresh your skin and pat it dry, before applying a little aftershave balm and men’s moisturiser.

I’d recommend Jack Black’s Aftershave Cooling Gel and Double Duty Moisturiser for these final steps, which will lock in your skin’s natural moisture and reaffirm its protective barrier against environmental debris. For a good quality shaving cream, look no further than Billy Jealousy’s Shaving Lather, which is one I’d hand pick out of a great bunch to adequately care for your skin during the rigors of shaving.