7 Simple Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin

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I have extremely sensitive skin.  No matter how careful I am, I seem to end up with itchy red bumps whenever I shave.  Itchy red bumps are definitely NOT a great look for me with summer on its way.  I have been searching for shaving tips for sensitive skin and I finally think that I have found a shaving routine that works well for me.  No more itchy red bumps after shaving!

7 Simple Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin


Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin

I’m very much a creature of habit. I like to do the same routine each day. Find a shaving routine that works well for you and then stick to it. I rarely vary from my routine.  I know what works and it works well so I do not change it.

Never Dry Shave

Never, ever shave dry.  The hairs on your legs should be softened which usually means soaking in water for a while. If you have sensitive skin, chances are that dry shaving will result in red bumps and irritation.

7 Simple Shaving Tips for Sensitive Skin

Warm Water

When you’re soaking, use warm to hot water. The warm water will help your pores open up and make them easier to shave. The more open your pores are, the more exposed the hair follicle is which will result in a closer shave.

With the Grain

When you’re shaving, shave with the grain and use short strokes that overlap slightly. I know that many people shave against the grain but that can cause irritation for those with sensitive skin.

High Blade Count

Blades with higher razor counts will give you a closer shave.  I won’t buy less than a 5 blade razor. The worst irritation I have ever experienced was when I tried to shave my legs with a single blade razor. Never again.

Moisturizing Strip

Choose a razor with a moisturizing strip. Shaving can dry out your skin very easily. A moisturizing strip containing shea butter will help keep your skin moist and prevent irritation. If you cannot find one, apply unscented lotion to your legs after shaving.

Sharp Blades

Never shave with dull razor blades. Replace your blades regularly to avoid irritation.  Be certain that you clean your blades between use and keep it dry to avoid build-up of bacteria.

Aloe Vera

If you can find a shaving cream with aloe vera in it, I find that it works well to limit irritation. If you cannot find one with aloe vera already added, you can apply aloe vera gel directly to your legs after shaving.

Do you have any shaving tips for sensitive skin that I have missed? What works well for you? Check out these pain free shaving tips.

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  1. Great tips! I have sensitive skin and I never thought to shave with the grain, I always shave against. I also use coconut oil to shave with and after too.

  2. My skin is super sensitive when it comes to shaving. I always have to pile on the shaving cream when shaving. The more I use, the less issues that I have.

  3. I have sensitive skin too and always get the red bumps. So annoying. However, like you said, I’ve found that the higher the blade count, the better. I also rub coconut oil on my legs afterward as it is an excellent moisturizer.

  4. Jill Jeffrey says

    I love this article! I have sensitive skin and always get cuts and burns when I shave with a razor.

  5. Thanks for the great tips! I’m going to have to try these out, especially the one about going with the grain.