How to avoid razor burn on legs? What causes that stuff anyway? Will a different razor help? What type of shaving cream should I use? We hear these questions all of the time, so we created this guide to give you the answers PLUS step-by-step instructions on how to avoid razor burn on your legs - for good!
Three Common Causes For Getting Razor Burn On Legs
Why do I always seem to get razor burn on my legs? It always seems that no matter how hard we try to fight it, razor burn always rears its ugly head. No matter how many shaving gels or creams we apply, no matter how expensive and high-tech our razors are, it still seems to make a very unwanted appearance.
But did you know that there are specific causes that bring out razor burn on your legs? The three most common causes of razor burn are your skin, your razor, and your shaving cream...
Culprit #1: Your Skin
There are two key attributes of your skin that can add to the persistent appearance of razor burn – it’s moisture level and the amount of dead skin.
When your skin is dry, you are more likely to experience razor burn, especially on your legs. This is because dry skin typically has an uneven texture, which can cause razors to snag and catch on both a micro and macro level, leaving razor burn, nicks, and even cuts. On that same note, when your skin has a high level of dead skin cells (gross, we know), the same issue applies – your skin texture will be uneven and cause snagging and nicks.
Culprit #2: Your Razors
Next up on our list of common culprits that cause razor burn on legs is the tool that you use to shave – your razor.
When it comes to razors, there seems to be an endless variety out there on the market. There’s everything from single blade razors with no bells and whistles to high-tech models with seven blades, shave guards, built-in Bluetooth and the ability to do your taxes (not really, but we digress). Any and all of these razor options can be fine, but which one works best for you really depends on your personal preference and how often you shave. The most important part for getting rid of razor burn... how sharp the blades are.
Culprit #3: Your Shaving Cream Or Gel
Last, but certainly not least, on our list of common culprits of razor burn on the legs – your shaving creams and gels. If you’re feeling lost or confused as to why these must-have products may be the bad guys, you’re not alone. In fact, most women are!
While many shaving creams and gels promise protection against razor burn and bumps, they can rarely deliver on it. While both are OK options for helping out during the shaving process, neither can really fully prevent razor burn or bumps on the legs.
Shaving cream or gel for women??? Shaving cream, the most common choice among women, is typically light and airy with an easy-to-wash-away lather that’s opaque so you can track where you’ve shaved. Unfortunately, it does not provide a high level of moisture or protection for the skin.
Shaving gels are the thicker option of the two, adding slightly more protection than creams, although at a cost. It is typically harder to wash off and can clog your razor, making nicks and cuts more likely.
Though both creams and gels each have pros and cons, neither are really the best solution (more about this in a moment...).
How To Prep Your Skin To Avoid Razor Burn
The first way to help prevent razor burn? Simple - keep your legs exfoliated and moisturized! By adding these two steps to your shaving routine, you can help to even out your skin’s texture over time, resulting in a closer shave and less razor burn on your legs.
Reach for a lightly abrasive beauty tool, such as a brush or a loofah, and rub it gently across the skin prior to beginning your shaving routine. We recommend you do this in the shower or bath as the steam will help make your skin more supple.
After finishing shaving, always take the time to add vital moisture back to the skin with a soothing lotion. Look for a product that is paraben and fragrance-free and contains a high level of hydration to help rebuild the texture of the skin... like Brazilian Bare Post-Shave Melted Body Butter Moisturizer.
Razor Quality - Is There A Difference?
Simply put... YES! We all know that feeling when we first use a fresh razor – how it glides over the skin and leaves it silky soft and so unbelievably smooth. This is how every shave should feel if you want to eliminate razor burn and bumps! Using a fresh, sharp blade helps eliminate the possibility of a dull razor catching and dragging across the skin, which can cause that painful razor burn.
Which Shaving Cream Or Gel Is Best For Razor Burn On Legs?
If neither shaving gels or creams work to protect against razor burn, what does? The answer is simple – shave syrup, specifically Brazilian Bare Shave Syrup! If you haven’t heard of our innovative new way for women to shave, you’re in for a treat...
Brazilian Bare Shave Syrup is a unique shaving product that isn’t a cream or a gel – it’s something so much better. This product features a revolutionary formula that is enriched with antioxidants, gentle on the skin and is dermatologist recommended. How many creams and gels can say that?
Our shave syrup is moisture-rich with a deep amber color that allows you to easily track while you shave. It offers a high level of protection for the skin, helping the razor to effortlessly glide over the surface, keeping razor burn and bumps out of the picture. It also hydrates the skin while you use it, helping restore your skin's natural moisture in the process. Talk about a win-win!
(Interested in learning more about the differences between shaving creams, gels and shave syrup and the best shaving product for women? Click [HERE] to learn more)
The Ultimate Shaving Combo For Avoiding Razor Burn On Legs
Now that we’ve gone over the basics of what causes razor burn (your skin, your tools and your creams or gels) and how you can do something about it, it’s time to put it all together for the ultimate razor burn-free shaving combination. Let’s get started...
Step 1: Get Scrubbing!
Whether it’s through dry-brushing or using a good old-fashioned loofah, exfoliating your legs will help remove dead skin, making it easier for the razor to glide over the skin without snagging.
Step 2: Start Fresh
Reaching for that razor with the two-month-old blade? Throw it out! Start with a fresh razor blade to eliminate the possibility of dull edges dragging over the skin and causing burn, cuts, and nicks.
Step 3: Drop Your Creams & Gels and Reach for THE Syrup
Really want a close shave without razor burn? Swap out your go-to creams and gels for Brazilian Bare Shave Syrup. This product provides the perfect silky barrier to protect against razor burn on your legs!
Step 4: Moisturize
When you’re all done shaving, there’s one more step to fight razor burn long term – apply a good moisturizer! The additional moisture will help heal razor burn and work to prevent it the next time you shave.