Shaving can feel like the laundry approach to personal care and grooming: even though you just did it, you need to do it again. And again. Yes, shaving your legs or beard can be a pain, and if you have sensitive skin, it can literally be a pain, but we love the result when done right: silky-soft skin that’s stubble-free. Having the right shave routine can ensure things go smoothly. Keep reading for the best tips on how to shave when you have sensitive skin.
It all starts with the right products
Do you really need a shaving cream? The answer is yes—all the time, but especially if you have sensitive skin. It doesn’t just feel nice on your skin; shaving cream serves a purpose, a couple of them actually. For one, when you’re showering, and presumably shaving, your skin loses moisture due to the water exposure. A well-formulated shaving cream should boost moisture and protect skin from irritation. It also helps your razor glide more smoothly against your skin, preventing nicks and micro-tears, or better known as teeny-tiny cuts that can cause irritation, inflammation and even infection.
So, why can’t you just use soap? Bar soaps and even some body washes can be drying. They’re often made with harsh surfactants that strip away skin’s natural moisture barrier. That, coupled with the water from the shower or sink can leave your skin feeling tight and dehydrated. Unlike a shaving cream, soap won’t replenish that moisture loss. Plus, the thin lather a bar soap and water provides won’t help the razor glide against your skin, so you’ll be more likely to nick your skin, or experience irritation or razor burn (those red, inflamed and painful bumps that appear post shave).
The best shave cream for the job
Not all shaving creams are created equally. Some are going to add more moisture than others; and some shave creams are better for sensitive skin and contain ingredients to help soothe irritation and visible redness. Enter Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Smooth Clean Shave Cream. The 3-in-1 formulation serves as a pre-shave, shave and after-shave cream with many skin benefits. It’s sulfate-free, which means it’s designed to be gentle and non-drying on skin. It also contains 99% pure Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. It’s known for its highly soothing, calming and moisturizing skin benefits. Plant-based CBD helps support the body’s own endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in maintaining healthy, happy skin. Perricone MD extracts the purest CBD to ensure it’s clean, high-performing and free of impurities.
In the Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Smooth Clean Shave Cream, CBD is joined by cannabis sativa seed oil, which is rich in omega fatty acids, and helps to soften and hydrate skin. The shave cream also contains glycerin, a humectant, which
attracts water from the air and from within deeper layers of the skin. This ingredient works to help skin feel hydrated, moisturized and visibly healthier-looking.
A cut above the rest
So, what did consumers say about the Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Smooth Clean Shave Cream? In a consumer study done by Perricone MD, 97% of men and women said it’s non-irritating, 94% said it prevented razor burn, nicks and micro-cuts, while 92% said the shave cream allowed for an ultra-close, yet comfortable shave.
Master your shave routine
Now that you’ve got the right product—your 3-in-1 (pre-shave, shave and after-shave) sensitive shaving cream—try these simple tricks and tweaks to get a smoother, closer shave—without the irritation.
1. Create a rich lather
To create the perfect foam, use just an almond-sized amount of Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Smooth Clean Shave Cream on damp skin. Massage it onto skin until it forms a light lather. Add water as necessary to make the cream more slippery, effective and easy to rinse clean from your razor.
2. Wield the razor right
The Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Smooth Clean Shave Cream works with any razor. Whether you like three, four or five blades is a matter of personal preference. What matters is that you shave in the right direction. When you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, shave in the same direction your hair grows. Going against the grain provides a close shave, but it can increase your risk of irritation and ingrown hairs (when the hair grows back into the skin, causing inflammation and a painful bump).
3. Change your blade often
Replace your blade every few weeks or toss your disposable razor and use a new one. A dull blade can mean more tugging on skin, which can lead to more nicks and razor bumps. Plus, your blade can harbor bacteria that can get into micro-tears and cause infection. Don’t risk it.
4. Shave in the shower – or immediately after
Do the deed while you’re standing in the steamy shower, or as soon as you get out. Why? The heat and water soften skin and hair making it easier to shave. Plus, the steam opens pores so you’re less likely to get clogs.
5. Glide, don’t tug
Let the blade and your shaving cream do all the work. Use a light touch. When you tug at your skin with the razor, you’re more likely to get nicks and micro-tears.
Shaving doesn’t have to feel like a chore, and it certainly doesn’t have to be a pain for your sensitive skin. With a solid shave routine, it can be smooth sailing for you and your skin.
Buy the Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Smooth Clean Shave Cream and receive a free Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Gentle Cleanser, valued at $35.