Men's Life Today
How to Shave With Dry Skin
By Dr. Josh Zeichner
The fall and winter seasons wreak havoc on our skin. Low humidity and heaters contribute to dryness -- and less moisture means more trouble shaving. Moreover, skin retains less moisture as we age, so it’s only getting worse!
To prevent dry, irritated skin during the winter, follow this shaving guide:
1) Wash your face with non-soap cleansers to remove excess oil and dirt. If you have dry skin, prevent further irritation by avoiding abrasive soaps or those with surfactants, which strip skin of oil and contribute to dryness. Unless you really need it, stay away from acne washes, which can leave your skin thirsty.
2) Apply shaving cream or gel -- always. It hydrates the hair, making it easier to cut. Plus, it makes your skin slick so the razor can glide over it.
3) Shave with light, short strokes in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse the razor frequently to remove buildup of hair and shave gel -- but avoid tapping it against the sink. (It can dull the blades and cause irregularities on the cutting surface.)
4) Moisturize, moisturize,
especially in the winter when your skin needs all the
help it can get. Moisturizers can help restore the integrity of the skin and prevent
excess loss of moisture.