Don’t skimp on the shave gel
“Using a high-quality shave gel or cream is important when you’re shaving,” says Joel Schlessinger, MD, a dermatologic surgeon. “My favorite is ELEMIS Skin Soothe Shave Gel because it’s an aloe vera shave gel that contains microcapsules of marine extracts and jojoba oil that burst to release intense soothing properties. It helps prevent razor burn and irritation while promoting a closer, smoother shave.” Creams traditionally have more moisture than gels, so if you do opt for a gel, make sure you go for an extra moisturizing one like Venus with Olay UltraMoisture. It is especially formulated to have the smooth feel of a gel, with the increased moisture of a cream.
Never dry shave
The next time you run out of shave cream or are on vacation and realize you forgot it, you may be tempted to go without, but don’t. “Dry shaving is one of the worst things for your skin as it causes the blade to tug and pull the skin with it,” says Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City. “A shaving cream or gel allows for the razor to evenly glide across the skin without irritation or causing nicks and cuts. It also helps hydrate and protect the skin.” Occasionally, she prescribes an antibiotic gel that can be used when shaving to minimize bacterial infections that can thrive when you have in razor burn.