What is “dry shaving”?

200288278-001When it comes to shaving, both men and women are generally in the habit of using a shaving cream or lotion, to keep their skin soft and unblemished. But what if you’re in a hurry, or just can’t afford shaving cream? It could be worth your while looking into the pros and cons of dry shaving – preferably before you apply the razor to your skin!

Dry shaving is essentially shaving your skin (generally the face, neck or legs) without use of a shaving cream or any other sort of moisturiser. People who choose to dry shave may do so for a number of reasons, the most common being that it’s cheaper and quicker than wet shaving.

However dry shaving does have a few notable drawbacks. If you’re using a razor (as opposed to an electric shaver) dry shaving carries a high risk of severe skin irritation, also known as razor burn, and cuts caused by shaving. It can leave your skin feeling irritated and raw, and can also leave unsightly red marks, which can be painful. Ingrown hairs can also be a result of hasty dry shaving.

If any of these are a recurring problem for you, or something you want to avoid, you might be better off wet shaving.  Wet shaving means applying a shaving cream or moisturiser to the area to be shaved, so that the skin stays moisturised and has a much lower risk of being cut. Wet shaving also vastly reduces the chance of razor burn.

The only notable downsides to wet shaving are the cost of the shaving cream, and the increased time it will take you to shave.

So while both methods have obvious benefits, both have just as notable drawbacks. It’s definitely worth trying both, so you can find out how your skin reacts to both methods, and which one is ultimately better for your skin.

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