How To Shave With A Safety Razor

For guys new to safety razor shaving, it’s important to learn how to shave with a safety razor without getting razor bumps and cuts.

Shaving properly is crucial because lot of guys can face skin irritation, razor burn and other skin problems during and after shaving if performed incorrectly.

Razor bumps are one of the most common skin problems that occur due to poor and inexperienced shaving. Before grabbing your safety razor for use, learn the instructions and tips on how to shave with a safety razor in a safer manner that helps avoid razor bumps.

How To Shave With A Safety Razor

Let’s get started.

Cleanse Your Face

It’s recommended to use the safety razor on your skin when it is clean and soft.

Wash your face thoroughly with warm water and soap. Cleansing your face with warm water will open the pores and remove the dirt in preparation for shaving. This in turn provides you with soft skin and even soft hair.

When learning how to shave with a safety razor this will help to prevent the bumps from coming. Remember, in order to get a clean safe shave, free from razor bumps, cleanse your face well before using razors.

Apply Pre-Shave Oil

It’s recommended to apply oil before you shave your facial hair.

The purpose of using pre-shave oil or lotion is to provide a smooth surface between the razor blade and the skin on the face.

It moisturizes the face and helps to keep the skin moist. It also softens the hairs on the surface of the skin. For getting a close and comfortable shave, it is necessary to use pre-shave oil. Without using pre-shave oil, you may not experience the ease of removing the hair without any difficulty.

Keep the Blade Clean

You should always keep the blade clean after you shave.

Once you’ve shaved, clean the blades well to ensure there are no hairs sticking to it. Never use a blunt blade because it does not give a soft surface for shaving and it will also cause cuts in the skin and razor burns.

When you shave regularly, be sure to change the blades often. Using the same blade every time will degrade the quality of the blade and it doesn’t help to give you that clean shave which can actually make the skin rough causing bumps.

Do a Smooth Shave

Shave the hair without giving too much pressure to the skin.

When you shave your facial hair too hard or too fast, you are likely to get razor bumps and may also cause skin irritation. Using a good shaving cream and a sharp razor helps to get a fine shave without damaging the skin.

Do not attempt to shave against the hair. For some, even shaving against the grain of the hair even once is enough to cause them to get razor bumps.

Don’t make this unsightly mistake.

Use a Clean Brush

It’s not only the razor that can give a bad shaving experience but also the brush that you use.

Use a clean brush for rubbing the shaving cream on the face.

After using the brush, wash it properly so that there’s no left over shaving cream residue in the brush. Do not let the water to sit on the brush too long either. Place it in a hanging position so that the rest of the accumulated water can fall off and the brush can then dry.

Using a clean shaving brush is important because any leftover shaving cream in the brush can also cause bumps on the skin.

Wash the Shaving Cream Off

It’s essential that you rinse off the shaving cream from your face thoroughly with cold water.

Do not rub your face too much while washing.

Splash the cold water over your face and be sure to lean over the area where you shaved so that the hairs to fall off that may have been sticking to your face.

Wash the shaving cream off your with cold water, rather than warm, so that your pores get closed and the hairs also go to their original form.

Apply After-shave 

Once you’re done shaving, don’t just leave it at that.

Apply after-shave cream or lotion to your face. After-shave prevents the skin from drying and acts as a good moisturizer for it.

One big advantage of using the after-shave creams is it can fight against potential skin infection due to shaving and can also soothe the skin if it is inflamed.

Choose lotions that contain natural moisturizing agents or ingredients which help to prevent razor bumps.

Give Your Beard Time

Have you already shaved? Are you waiting for the hair to grow? Give some time for the hair to grow before you start your next shave.

Doing frequent shaves disturb your skin and may also cause razor bumps and burns on your skin. If you have razor bumps on the face already, give yourself enough time for them to heal it.

Never pick at the bumps or rub them because it may make the situation worse as the bacteria in your fingers may enter the bumps too.

If you want razor bumps to heal faster, apply some natural healing moisturizers or oil over it such as tea tree oil and aloe vera gel. The cooling and healing properties of the aloe vera helps to soothe the skin at a faster rate and also prevent the razor bumps from reoccurring.

Care after Shaving with a Safety Razor

If you want your face to be smooth while avoiding getting bumps on it, it’s always safe to use mild skin care products.

Skin care products containing harsh chemicals may lead to skin problems. Use a mild soap or cleanser to wash your face. Choose the ones that have natural ingredients in them.

It’s very important to make better choices while choosing the soap or moisturizers for your skin. Use products that suit your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, buy soaps that are exclusively made for sensitive skin.

Using soaps that have chemicals will lead to skin irritations and may cause bumps on your face.


Learning how to shave with a safety razor is just one part of the equation; knowing how to handle your skin with great care will also ensure that you avoid getting razor bumps.

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