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Tips For Shaving With Sensitive Skin

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If your skin is sensitive then you must be careful not to offend it. The most insulting swipe is one with a reckless razor and an ill-prepared barber.

Buy a face wash or facial scrub with natural ingredients and apply it to your facial hair to soften. Hydrate the skin with lukewarm water for at least 2 minutes. The softer your facial hair is, the easier it is to cut with minimal fuss, friction and irritation.

Use a face wash or facial scrub to help soften facial hair before you shave. You also should hydrate skin with warm water for at least three minutes to further soften your facial hair and make it easier to shave. Nicks and cuts to your skin which can add fuel to an inflamed dermis, are eliminated if you take this ‘softly, softly’ approach.

Apply a non-drying dermatologist-tested shaving gel to double the protection, depending on how sensitive your skin really is. Before you go ahead and begin the barbering process (assuming you’re doing it yourself of course), ensure that your blades are sharp and not dulled through overuse. You may have to invest in more pricey razors but the damage to your pocket is far healthier than damage to your face – I assure you.

The best technique is one which minimal effort is exerted by you and the razor wields the workload. Shave lightly with gentle strokes going with the grain. If you want an even closer shave, try going against the direction the hair is growing in. When you are done and content with your countenance, rinse off your face with cool water, dabbing and wiping with a gentle caress.

Make sure you select an aftershave which is friendly to sensitive skin. Alcohol-free balm is your best bet and you should be very generous when lathing it on your face; if your skin is dry, it will drink up the moisture so be kind with the quantity.

If you are not doing it yourself and you are visiting the master barbers at Jack the Clipper instead; make sure you let them know that you have sensitive skin before the barbering begins.



Jack the Clipper established in 1996 is the biggest Turkish family of Master barbers. They use ancient techniques with the latest trends to help Londoners look sharp and feel special. Find Jack the Clipper at Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Mayfair and Canary Wharf.

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