Shaving rash can blight us all and it brings with it pain, redness, discomfort, and unsightly bumps and lumps. But what if there was a way to prevent it? Here is the Peace With The Wild guide to preventing, and treating shaving rash the natural way!
Exfoliating using a natural body scrub or vegan face scrub is great! If you exfoliate your skin before you shave you will help to remove any dead skin that is, or could be blocking your pores. These cells can lie on top of your skin, meaning you don’t get as much of a close shave so by removing them, you can get much nearer to the surface of the skin. You could also use a vegan shaving soap before and while you shave to help remove excess oils from the skin. Another useful tip for exfoliating when shaving is to use a vegan shaving brush with the lather from the vegan shaving soap, in circular motions on the skin, the vegan bristles will help remove and lift dead skin, resulting in a cleaner shave.
Before applying vegan shaving soap or natural shaving cream, soak your skin in warm water for around three minutes to open the pores, hydrate the skin, and soften the hair. All of these steps enable a cleaner shave and help reduce the risk of shaving rash.
Then you need to slather on your vegan shaving soap or natural shaving cream of choice with a natural, vegan shaving brush. A vegan shaving brush is great for helping create a rich and warm lather by whipping air into your vegan shaving soap or natural shaving cream when you apply it. Whether you choose a natural balm or a vegan shaving soap bar, opt for an eco, plastic free version using vegan, natural ingredients to help reduce the risk of any irritation. Our own brand organic shaving creams are packed full of shea butter, hemp oil, and safflower oil to moisturise and nourish skin, allowing a close shave but leaving you soft afterwards.
When it comes to actually shaving, zero waste shaving is the best and if you are serious about doing it the eco way then you need to ditch your plastic disposable or refills and opt for a reusable safety razor made with eco stainless steel, metal and sustainable bamboo or a wooden beauty, each of which use metal only replacement blades, meaning less waste and they are a lot more eco than ones made of rubber, plastic, and metal. Reusable safety razors result in a better shave that is kind to your skin and our planet, they are also less likely to cause irritation, ingrown hairs and an uneven shave.
After you have finished your zero waste shaving regime with your reusable safety razor and have washed the residue from your skin, you need to moisturise with something natural, vegan, organic and gentle to ensure your skin doesn’t erupt in protest. Look for a gentle and luxurious cream with plenty of natural ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil, both of which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These Organic Whipped face creams and body butters that we created ourselves are perfect for soothing, moisturising, and protecting freshly shaved skin. They are also 100% organic, vegan, cruelty free and natural.