No matter how careful you are while shaving, nicks and cuts are bound to happen eventually. The good news is, preventing and healing these cuts can be achieved easier than you might think. Below, we will be going over some of the best tips to either heal or prevent these cuts from happening in the first place. Let’s cover healing shaving nicks first and then I’ll discuss prevention of shaving cuts thereafter.
Tips To Heal Shaving Cuts:
1. Products Made For Shaving Cuts
There are products on the market that are out specifically to help deal with treating small shaving cuts. The active ingredient that is typically found in these products is some kind of astringent. This active ingredient effectively works to constrict the tissue within your skin and it also works to coagulate and dry the cut as well.
However, I suggest you save your money and use homemade options that could work wonders for these kinds of cuts. My suggestion is using Witch Hazel, which can be purchased at almost any drugstore or grocery store. This particular product/ingredient is one of the best that you will find for healing these smell cuts.
Simply dab a small amount of the Witch Hazel onto a cotton ball and then apply to the cut area.
Believe it or not, but ice is another effective way to help heal shaving cuts. The reason it works is because the ice effectively shrinks the blood vessels which can encourage better clotting and healing. Put the ice in a small plastic bag and then firmly press against the cut area. The ice will help cool the wound as well. Obviously, if you have a bunch of cuts all over your face using ice might be out of the question.
3. Aloe Vera
This is a wonder ingredient/product that you can use to heal all kinds of wounds. However, it is an excellent way to heal small cuts. Not only will it soothe the pain associated with the cut, but it will also help to moisturize it and clean it due to having natural antibacterial properties. If you do not have Aloe Vera handy you’ll want to keep some on hand for the future.
Aftershave products typically contain alcohol as a major ingredient. The alcohol that is in the product can effectively act as an astringent which can help to slow and minimize the bleeding. It can also help to prevent all kinds of skin irritations and infections that can result in razor burn as well. By utilizing a good aftershave, you should be able to experience good results with your skin post shaving. You can also use an aftershave on days that you’re not shaving. This is especially helpful if you do already have some shaving cuts as the ingredients in the aftershave will help them heal up.
As you can see, there are many different tips to heal shaving cuts. Try to implement some of the tips above for the best possible results for your skin.
It’s important to keep in mind that if you tend to have shaving cuts often you need to rethink how you’re shaving. You need a routine that will help you prevent it.
Preventing Shaving Cuts In The Future
Use the following routine to help prevent shaving cuts in the future.
- Take a warm shower or use a hot towel first before shaving
- Apply a pre-shave oil (beard oil works well especially if you have sensitive skin)
- Use a small amount of a GOOD shaving cream (hairs should be visible)
- Make sure you’re using a good, sharp razor (something like a Gillette Mach Series works well)
- Shave slowly – If you’re in a rush, skip it
- Pull skin tightly with your fingers tips as you shave – this prevents cutting loose skin
- Rinse hair and shaving cream from your razor after every swipe
- Use aftershave immediately after rinsing and drying face
- Use a men’s daily moisturizer for long term benefits
Using the above routine will help you easily control most of shaving cuts and nicks. I especially live by rule 4 and highly recommend NOT using a disposable razor.
Another thing I’ll bring up here is rule number 3.
Most men are applying too much shaving cream. It’s better to use a small amount of a high-quality one like what we mentioned and allow the hairs to be visible. Not only will this help you see where you’re shaving but it will also help not clog your razor up with excess shaving cream. When your razor gets clogged up it leaves more room for you to accidentally cut yourself.
Here is an example of the wrong amount and the right amount.
If you have questions about any of these tips — ask below!