How To Choose The Right Shaving Cream For Your Skin

Shaving can be a different experience for everyone. For some, razor burns and bumps are foreign and shaving is a piece of cake. They could probably put anything on their face and have no reaction.

Others, however, are not so lucky. People with sensitive skin who are constantly getting razor burns and rashes have a difficult time picking the right razor, shaving cream, and shaving technique.

One problem for people with sensitive skin is that the shaving cream they’re using contains fragrances and alcohol that can aggravate the skin. When choosing the right shaving cream, look for organic or fragrance-free creams. These will be less likely to irritate the skin. It is important to use shaving cream when shaving because it softens the skin for the best shave possible, so make sure you are still using shaving cream opposed to simply soap and water.

There are tons of effective shaving creams for sensitive skin. Here’s a great one!

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Interesting Facts About Shaving & More Reasons to Shave in the Shower!

I shortened up the list and highlighted the stuff about why you should shave in the shower. Hope you learn something cool! Here is the original: 75 Fun Facts and Myths About Shaving

Did you know…

 

  • 0.35 millimeters a day or 1 centimeter per month is the rate at which human hair grows.
  • It is estimated that 90% of all adult males shave at least once a day.
  • It is also estimated that a man will shave at least 20,000 times in his lifetime.
  • Shaving, tweezing or waxing does not cause hair to grow back thicker or fuller.
  • Religious convictions account for 7% of all men who don’t shave.
  • Your hair grows in response to individual biochemistry and hormones. Heredity, genes, race, medications taken, physical and mental stress, and diet influence these hormones.
  • Your skin is subject to changes in its resiliency and thickness because of temperature, humidity, diet and stress. This can affect shaving.
  • A person’s face is composed of an outermost layer of skin that is primarily made up of dead skin cell.
  • While shaving, a person removes about as much skin as hair.
  • In general a person produces new skin cells every 10 to 20 days.
  • When saturated with water, the strength of a single strand of hair is approximately one third to one half less than the strength of dry hair, making it much easier to shave.
  • The average person has about 615 hairs per square centimeter..
  • The average man’s face contains anywhere from 5,000 to 25,000 whiskers.
  • Most shaving accidents are caused by using dull and/or dirty razor blades, insufficient preparation of the skin and hair before shaving, and using inappropriate equipment and products
  • Facial hair growth rate varies with each man and it even differs with each area on a man’s face.
  • The average man will spend 60 hours shaving each year. Save time shaving in the shower!
  • On average it takes a man between 100 and 600 strokes to shave his entire face.
  • Men spend an average of 5 moths of their lives shaving.
  • For men, it would take roughly 16 years of shaving to collect together one pound of hair clippings.
  • In general, a man removes over 27 feet of hair in his lifetime through shaving alone.
  • Due to a decrease in body fluids in the morning, you should try to avoid shaving first thing when you wake-up.
  • On average 75% men shave their face every day
  • Only 3% of all men who abstain from shaving do so because they simply do not care to do so.
  • It is estimated that 85% of men who shave, prefer to wet shave.
  • 94 million men in the U.S. alone (90 percent of America’s male population) and about 1.6 billion men worldwide age 15 years and older remove hair.
  • 1.3 billion of the men in the world shave with a blade and razor.
  • When a person shaves while his or her skin is wet, these dead skin cells are removed.
  • Cave drawing from as early as 10,000 BC depict both men with clean-shaven faces and those with short beards.
  • Peter the Great of Russia imposed a tax on beards, which was collected at every town gate.
  • The first safety razor was patented in 1901 and more than 25 million blades are sold in the UK every year.
  • Wet shaving is still the most popular method of shaving in the UK.
  • Hair grows faster during the day than at night.
  • Hair on the neck grows parallel to the skin.
  • Shaving cream was only made for men until the industry specifically targeted women in 1986 by manufacturing the whipped magic specifically for women!
  • 42% of men report that they have no facial hair.
  • The majority of men, 84%, shave at the sink. Another 15% of men shave in the shower.
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 24 shave an average of four times a week.
  • Men over the age of 35 shave an average of six times a week.
  • The average man begins to shave regularly when he begins to work regularly.
  • The average man spends 10-15 hours a year shaving.
  • 1680 is the year in which the first narrow-bladed folding straight razor was introduced.
  • The average shave lasts 3.5 minutes.
  • The average shave will trim away somewhere between 20,000-25,000 hairs from a man’s face.
  • There are about 30,000 beard hairs on the face of the average man—the greatest concentration on the chin and upper lip.
  • About 30% of men who shave use an electric device to shave.
  • When a man wet shaves, it’s as good as using an exfoliating product because the process removes dead skin cells promoting healthier skin.
  • Archeologists believe that caveman used clams and shark teeth to shave with, 20,000 years ago-in the Stone Age!
  • Nearly 70% of American women prefer a clean-shaven man.
  • The Reason Fidel Castro originally grew his beard is because his supply of Gillette Blades was cut off.
  • 10 feet the length of the longest mustache on record grown by Birger Pellas of Sweden.
  • 17.5 feet the length of the longest beard on record grown by Hans Langseth of Norway.
  • Old Spice is the bestselling after-shave in the United States.
  • Shave gels weren’t even thought of until the 1970’s.
  • 5 million is the number of hair follicles covering the human body.

 

 

The Solutions To Your Shaving Woes

While some facial hair can be sexy, most men these days opt not to grow a full beard, as the barbarian look isn’t exactly a girl-magnet. Unless you have the grooming habits of Tarzan, you inevitably have to shave several times a week. Shaving, however, comes with a few problems of its own; fortunately, most of these problems can be easily resolved. And here, to make shaving issues a thing of the past, is our guide to the most common facial hair problems and solutions.

Razor nicks and cuts
Small, seemingly insignificant lacerations or deep, ugly gashes that cause an outpouring of blood are the two types of injury you have probably experienced while wielding a razor. Dull razor blades are a common culprit of razor nicks, while applying too much pressure to a sharp blade can cause wounds of a more serious kind.

Solution: Sufficient lubrication, a high-quality razor and an antiseptic are your best friends when it comes to preventing razor-related catastrophes and for treating them when they occur.

Directions: First off, junk any cheap, disposable razors you may have lying around and invest in one with a swivel head designed to accommodate the contours of your face, and replace the blades often. A good rule of thumb is to use a new razor head once every eight shaves. Also, you can decrease your chances of having a shaving-related accident by selecting a shaving tool whose blades are spaced close together to reduce the amount of pressure you’re putting on your skin.

Before shaving, spend two to three minutes in a steamy environment, like the shower, making sure your skin is very wet and has time to absorb a lot of moisture. Then lubricate using a rich shaving cream to protect your skin and to make it easier for your razor to glide over the surface of your face. Be sure to rinse your razor after each stroke.

For those times when a bloody slip-up occurs, keep an antiseptic on hand and dab with a cotton swab or apply an ice cube, as the cold will constrict your blood vessels and help stop the bleeding. Once your cut has healed slightly, use an aftershave that has a mild antiseptic in it and continue using the cotton swab to dab the damaged area.

Skin irritation/dryness
Skin irritation and dryness are problems brought on by multiple causes. Harsh chemicals can cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin. As well, improper shaving techniques can result in irritation. On darker skin, irritation can take the form of hyper pigmentation. Chaffing and itchiness are two symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from dry skin or another irritation.

Solution: Although razor burn usually clears up on its own within a few hours, there are precautionary steps you can take to avoid experiencing this unpleasant condition to begin with, including using the right products, the right razors and the right shaving techniques, and following everything up with a moisturizer.

Directions: If you know or suspect you have sensitive skin, only buy products specifically formulated for your skin type. A razor that has a built-in aloe strip and includes other ingredients such as vitamin E is a good choice. Avoid shaving with products containing sodium lauryl sulfate, a compound found in most soap that seriously dries skin. Instead, look for emollient-rich shaving creams or ones that contain aloe vera as they’ll soothe your skin before, during and after shaving. When it comes to your technique, shave in the direction of hair growth first, only shaving in the opposite direction if your first round of shaving leaves any stray hairs behind. Don’t give in to the temptation to shave too closely and never, ever dry shave or shave roughly when you’re in a hurry. Lastly, use a moisturizer when your finished shaving if you have dry skin, looking for products that contain vitamins and shea butter.

Ingrown hairs
When a hair grows sideways into the skin, instead of breaking through the surface, you’ve got an ingrown hair on your hands (or more precisely, on your face). There are numerous causes for ingrown hairs. For instance, you may be more prone to getting ingrown hairs if you have coarse facial hair, if your skin lacks moisture or if your face is very oily. A buildup of dead skin cells can also block pores and increase your chances of having ingrown hairs. Improper shaving techniques can also lead to ingrown hairs and are, in fact, the most common cause of this condition.

Solution: Exfoliation, pore-opening tricks and proper shaving tools can all go a long way in preventing ingrown hairs or eliminating them should they appear.

Directions: Approximately once a week place a warm, damp facecloth over your face to open your pores, which will make it easier to coax out stubborn hairs. Then use a loofah along with a gentle facial scrub to slough off the dead skin on your face which would otherwise be blocking your hair follicles. Avoid using a loofah more frequently than this recommendation, however, as you don’t want to dry out your skin, doing so will actually increase your chances of suffering from ingrown hairs.

Following these treatments, tweezers can help bring ingrown hairs to the surface, but resist the urge to pluck them out because they’ll likely reappear and be worse than before. Lastly, keep in mind that putting a lot of pressure on your razor while shaving will mean you end up clipping your hair too close to your skin, increasing the likelihood that you’ll be seeing ingrown hairs.

Razor bumps
Similar to yet slightly different than ingrown hairs, razor bumps happen when hair curls, then grows back into the skin, causing inflammation and, possibly, infection. This problem is more common in men of African or Mediterranean descent or men with very thick, curly hair. On the skin, razor bumps may resemble pimples.

Solution: You’ll want to sort this problem out straight away because it can lead to scarring if you don’t bother treating it; see a dermatologist if this pesky problem is currently plaguing you. To prevent this problem from happening in the future, alter your shaving technique or consider growing some facial hair.

Directions: If you love a clean-shaven look or your workplace requires it, switch to a single blade razor, shave with a light hand and try not to shave every day. What you’re trying to avoid is shaving too closely because doing so will make it more difficult for your facial hairs to exit their follicles correctly. Have a browse through our facial hair style suggestions and see if you can get away with sporting a small but well-groomed beard. Once you’ve managed to get your facial hair to a length you like, you’ll just need to trim it to maintain your look, meaning you won’t have to shave as often or at the very least, you’ll be shaving a much smaller area.

Face your problems
While women love well-groomed men, shaving can result in some not-so-pretty consequences. Hopefully by now you’ve identified any problems you suffer from and have armed yourself with knowledge that will assist you in both preventing and curing a number of common aggravations. Use proper shaving tools, the right techniques, pay attention to your skin type, and be mindful of any strange symptoms, and you’ll be one step closer to skin that feels fresh and comfortable all the time.

Written by Askmen.com