Constant shaving can leave your skin red, sore and rashy – here’s what to do to minimise the damage.
Even if your skin’s not normally sensitive, the areas you manscape are particularly delicate — your chest (and your MA15+ regions) are easily irritated by a razor blade. So fight those red rashes by following these five tips for a silky smooth rig.
Use the right razor
You shouldn’t be using a cheap disposable job on your face, let alone on a more fiddly job like manscaping. A quality safety razor does the trick — the sharper the blade, the closer the shave, and the less irritation and redness you suffer afterwards. Multiple blades traumatise the skin so stick to a safety razor’s single blade. Trimming long strands with a pair of scissors and taking a steamy shower before shaving also helps ensure a smooth one-pass shave.
That’s the preparation ticked off . . . but your battle with red bumps doesn’t end there. Rinse the shaved skin in cold water to close up the pores, gently pat the skin dry, and apply a sensitive-skin moisturiser to soothe any irritation, which is common. Exfoliating every couple of days is also especially crucial to prevent outbreaks of ingrown hairs . . . not much fun in the delicate areas you might be manscaping.
Find an anti-razor bump product
Aloe vera, salicylic acid, glycolic acid — they’re the ingredients you want to see on the bottle. Even when you follow all the best advice those pesky red bumps can still rear their ugly heads, so be prepared with a anti-razor burn product, and be prepared to wait a while before shaving again — shaving over those little red bumps obviously only inflames them further.
You can’t suffer razor burn if you don’t use a razor, so if you’re tough enough to put up with the pain, then waxing can be a smoother route than shaving — especially if you’re particularly prone to redness after shaving. Little bumps can spring up after the wax tears out your follicles but they should disappear within 24 hours — if they don’t, they’re ingrown hairs, and should be treated with regular exfoliation.
You don’t need a bigger pain threshold to withstand laser therapy — just a bigger bank balance. Laser hair removal isn’t cheap but it achieves fast, permanent results without irritating the skin’s surface. The key word here is permanent — you don’t want to be trialling a Brazilian and decide a couple of months down the track that you miss a bit of grass on the wicket — but if you know that you like a well groomed torso, and you’ve got the cabbage, then lasers are a good long-term solution.