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Title: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Vaulisel on April 07, 2010, 09:57:31 AM
So I figured stranger things have been asked on the internet, and considering we have a friendly, quality community here full of people who pass for rational in a poor light and some who might in a good one, I thought this was as good a place as any to ask this.

Razor burn.

All my life, every time I get done shaving, I spend the next hour or so feeling like I did the job with a rusty cheese grater rather than my razor, even with a fresh blade. Now, no one ever taught me how to shave, if such a thing is even necessary, so I don't know if I'm doing something drastically wrong, although none of my friends seem to think so. I use a Gillette Fusion razor (which was selected at random, not knowing any better) and have tried a number of different shaving gels, with little difference between the levels of face-torn-off sensation in the aftermath.

So I'd like to ask: What techniques or tricks do any of you out there use to minimize the effects of razor burn?
Also: Any recommendations on shaving implements or gels or whatever? Don't suggest a straight blade razor, those things are terrifying. My flatmate still has a scar on his neck from his only attempt with one.
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Ken on April 07, 2010, 10:19:39 AM
Wow poor your flat mate O_O

I tend to get a strange rash if I don't use the more upmarket shaving foams. I also either use after shave or moisturiser on after shaving, both sting but it's worth it. Especially the moisturiser, that's your best bet =)
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Eid on April 07, 2010, 10:21:24 AM
Not wanting to sound terribly metro-sexual, but have you tried using some kind of moisturiser after you shave?
For example: http://www.boots.com/en/Gillette-Series-After-The-Shave-Moisturiser-75ml_860848/

I personally use this razor and love it (though the blades are BLOOOOODY expensive!):
http://www.boots.com/en/Gillette-Fusion-Stealth-Power-Razor_48161/

It's an expensive failure, but you could consider an electric razor, though I personally don't feel they do as good a job.

Best of luck, Eid
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Grail on April 07, 2010, 01:12:31 PM
Some quick tips:

1. Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.  The steam from the shower will help your skin and cut down on the abrasiveness.
2. Use warm/hot water on your razor blades when shaving so your skin stays warm.
3. Never had a massive preference on shaving cream so use what ya like.  If your skin is sensitive, avoid overly fragrant ones.
4. After you get done shaving, turn the water to cold and splash it one your face.  This is a bit of a wake up but helps close your pores.
5. Use some sort of moisturizer once you towel off. 
6. Change your razor blades regularly.  This is very important as a rough blade is going to cut ya up no matter what you do.


Grail
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Eid on April 07, 2010, 05:39:14 PM
1. Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.  The steam from the shower will help your skin and cut down on the abrasiveness.

I actually shave in the shower 95% of the time.

Eid
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Ken on April 07, 2010, 05:54:01 PM
1. Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.  The steam from the shower will help your skin and cut down on the abrasiveness.

I actually shave in the shower 95% of the time.

Eid

yeah same, saves alot of bother and stops the chance of your shirt getting wet and looking like you drooled on yourself all day :p
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Ebion on April 07, 2010, 05:58:12 PM
1. Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.  The steam from the shower will help your skin and cut down on the abrasiveness.

I actually shave in the shower 95% of the time.

Eid

yeah same, saves alot of bother and stops the chance of your shirt getting wet and looking like you drooled on yourself all day :p

Babysitting a baby cousin of mine all week doesn't help this cause at all. =/

But on topic, I'm taking notes to be honest, I've never really had anything to shave yet being nearly 18 and all, but the one time I shaved the little mustache I had it burned like some hot fire. Good to know these kinds of things.
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Grail on April 07, 2010, 07:00:46 PM
1. Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.  The steam from the shower will help your skin and cut down on the abrasiveness.

I actually shave in the shower 95% of the time.

Eid

yeah same, saves alot of bother and stops the chance of your shirt getting wet and looking like you drooled on yourself all day :p

Definitely works, having  a fog-free mirror in the shower is super helpful.


Grail
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Ken on April 07, 2010, 07:25:54 PM
1. Shave immediately after getting out of the shower.  The steam from the shower will help your skin and cut down on the abrasiveness.

I actually shave in the shower 95% of the time.

Eid

yeah same, saves alot of bother and stops the chance of your shirt getting wet and looking like you drooled on yourself all day :p

Definitely works, having  a fog-free mirror in the shower is super helpful.


Grail

I tend to put a bit of the shaving foam on the mirror, then wash it off after :]
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Eid on April 08, 2010, 12:57:11 AM
@Gohex, making a smiley face? :)
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Ken on April 08, 2010, 10:15:15 AM
@Gohex, making a smiley face? :)

If you mean in the mirror, I don't tend to unless I'm quite bored, but it then is usually a happy santa =p

And if you mean with my ASCII smilies, I prefer them over the tiny little yellow ones. :]
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Eid on April 08, 2010, 10:22:08 AM
I mean in the mirror, but on the forums anything goes '^
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Vaulisel on April 11, 2010, 09:45:39 AM
Thanks for your tips everyone; I'm putting several of them into action, and in particular using a moisturizer after shaving seems to be helping a bunch.

On a related note, approximately how often e.g. after how many shaves do y'all swap out the blades on a razor?
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Bazeleel on April 11, 2010, 10:36:57 AM
Thanks for your tips everyone; I'm putting several of them into action, and in particular using a moisturizer after shaving seems to be helping a bunch.

On a related note, approximately how often e.g. after how many shaves do y'all swap out the blades on a razor?

Well if you have http://www.boots.com/en/Gillette-Fusion-Stealth-Power-Razor_48161/ You need to change it when you start to see white specks on the blue strip, that lets you know its time to change. Anything else id say every 1-2 weeks depending on how often you shave.
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Ken on April 11, 2010, 11:31:21 AM
well it really depends mate. I change mine every couple of months 'cause I keep my beard but I shave my neck, I like the beard to outline my face (and hide the fact I don't have a chin!) so it depends on both how often you shave (e.g. if it's daily then you'll need to change more often) and if your stubble is brittle or still soft (bum fluff!), the more brittle the quicker you'll have to change.

But an estimation of what you've told us I'd say once a month would be safe. An easy way to tell is when it gets hard to shave ;)
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Feriluce on April 11, 2010, 11:58:28 AM
Am I the only one thats lazy and use a shaver?
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Eid on April 12, 2010, 12:55:18 AM
Am I the only one thats lazy and use a shaver?

I do sometimes, but find the results aren't as good and it's not much quicker.

Eid
Title: Re: A strange question to ask in a geek culture forum
Post by: Vaulisel on April 12, 2010, 06:27:01 AM
well it really depends mate. I change mine every couple of months 'cause I keep my beard but I shave my neck, I like the beard to outline my face (and hide the fact I don't have a chin!) so it depends on both how often you shave (e.g. if it's daily then you'll need to change more often) and if your stubble is brittle or still soft (bum fluff!), the more brittle the quicker you'll have to change.

But an estimation of what you've told us I'd say once a month would be safe. An easy way to tell is when it gets hard to shave ;)
Frankly it's kind of hard for me to shave with even a fresh blade; with my stubble it's like trying to shave a wire brush. It's because it's so hard to shave normally that it's quite hard to tell when the blade is sharp or blunt, and I rather dislike using the "Is my skin savaged and bleeding today?" indicator.
In fact, part of the reason I ditched my electric shaver was because it would blunt in a few months and start to extract my hairs rather than cut them.