How Do I Shave Safely on Dry Skin?

Five words: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize.

Man looking in mirror while shaving with son.

Having dry skin can be a drag. It's itchy, painful, and makes shaving — which already dries your skin out — even more uncomfortable. Luckily, there's something you can do about it, starting and ending with moisturizing.

Shaving dry skin is much like shaving regular skin — you just need to be extra thorough about it. Start by getting in the shower to open your pores and soften your facial hair. Just make it a warm shower, not a hot one, as too-hot water will dry out your skin by stripping away your face's natural oils. Then, apply some moisturizing Shave Gel, which will help soften and smooth your skin while reducing the friction that causes the razor to irritate your face. Speaking of, make sure you have a fresh, clean razor because, again, it's all about making sure the blade glides as smoothly as possible over your face. You must absolutely shave with the grain for the same reason and use slow, careful strokes.

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Once you're done, hop out of the shower and use a towel to pat your face dry instead of rubbing it, which will help it retain some of the water's moisture. Then follow it up with — what else? — more moisturizing. Find a post-shave product that contains aloe vera, which not only helps lock moisture into the skin but soothes it and helps reduce the risk of inflammation. Do all this, and the only thing dry about you will be your sense of humor.