You know the feeling…you’ve just shaved your legs and are enjoying how smooth your skin feels. Suddenly, an uncomfortable side effect occurs: itching! Red bumps near your hair pores can appear and your sensitive skin is feeling irritated.
Experiencing itching after shaving is a pretty common problem. In this post, we’ll explore why this happens and provide some information on how to avoid itching after shaving.
Why Does Shaved Hair Itch?
There are a few reasons why you may experience itching after shaving. To start with, it may be a sign of razor burn or folliculitis. Perhaps you are using a dull razor or shaving incorrectly. When this occurs, the pull of the razor can twist or redirect the hair follicle which can result in ingrown hairs or razor burn.
When you shave, you’re not actually removing all of the hair: you’re simply cutting as closely as possible to where the hair grows. But underneath your skin, hair follicles continue to grow. Shaving can irritate those follicles, causing you to feel itchy after you shave.
Shaving areas of your skin that constantly rubs against the fabric of your clothing can aggravate irritation. Finally, harsh chemicals or ingredients found in soaps and other skincare products prior to shaving can further irritate or dry out your skin.
The Dos and Don’ts of Shaving Legs
To start with, we recommend investing in a proper razor. Although different kinds of razors have different shelf lives, it’s worth avoiding a dull razor to prevent irritation. An old razor can lead to razor burn.
We also recommend being mindful of how fast you shave your legs and how often. Give yourself the time to shave carefully. Be careful not to shave too close to the skin or against the grain of the hair. If your skin is particularly irritated, avoid shaving your legs until the skin heals and any bumps go away.
Shaving your legs when they are dry can lead to increased irritation or itchiness. That’s why we suggest keeping the skin on your legs smooth and hydrated with a natural moisturizer. You want to stay clear of products and shaving creams that contain harsh chemicals, however, as this can do more harm than good.
How to Avoid Itching After Shaving
Now that you’ve shaved, it’s time to invest in your post-shave ritual.
Use a Natural Moisturizer
To soothe your skin after shaving, apply a hydrating moisturizer that’s made with all natural ingredients. We recommend our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. An oil-based balm, it’s ultra hydrating and ultra soothing. Plus, with just 6 natural ingredients, there’s no burning or stinging. It works wonders for healing razor burns.
Protect your Skin
To protect your sensitive skin from rubbing against uncomfortable fabrics, we recommend wearing a gentle protective layer. These Remedywear™ Pants for Adults are made with TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc.
This soft material not only protects the skin from scratching, but it also boosts the healing process. With a legging-like fit, they’re great for wearing underneath regular clothing during the day without any added bulk or alone as pajamas.
Your legs will love the breathable and hypoallergenic material that also features moisture-wicking properties for added comfort.
Apply a Cool Compress
If your legs are itching like crazy after shaving, applying a cool compress to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and relieve irritation.
Wet wrap therapy is an easy-to-do at home remedy that can help provide a quick boost of moisture when your skin needs it most. Start by layering the affected area of your skin with a natural cream such as the Manuka cream mentioned earlier.
Then add a wet layer overtop, followed by a dry layer. Leave the wet wrap on overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours. You can wear the pants mentioned above or target the knee area with these Remedywear™ Eczema Bandages.