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Doc Handsome Answers Questions On Razor Burn, Airplanes & Colognes

Photo by Michael Gilman

Q: I get razor burn and ingrown hairs regularly and need some tips for stopping this cycle?

A:  The first step might just be to let things calm down by taking a couple days off from shaving. This will get your skin back to a baseline where it's not constantly irritated.  From there and moving forward, put more importance on shaving prep -- the work you do before razor hits skin. First, shave right after a warm shower or after letting some heated water soften your skin and open up your pores. From there, soften whiskers and get ready for enhanced razor glide by applying a shave oil and allowing it time to sink in. Next, aggressively work in a gentle shaving cream on top of the oil. Then, using a clean and sharp blade, shave in the direction of hair growth, making certain to rinse the blade often. After whiskers are removed, splash the face with cold water and slather on a healing product like The Shavior to reduce and eliminate ingrowns and razor bumps.

Grooming Lounge The Shavior

Q: I’m flying a lot and my skin and body always feel subpar during and after. Suggestions?

A: Dehydration is a major challenge when in the air and probably the cause of most of your issues. Being in a high-pressure cabin reduces your oxygen levels internally and consequently, your skin is left dry and your body thirsty. As a special bonus, because the mucus in your nose membranes become dehydrated (yum!), your ability to trap bacteria and viruses diminishes -- hence why many get sick after a flight. Our tip is to bring a big-ass water bottle and make sure to drink throughout the flight. Also, take a stretch every hour or two (grab an aisle seat so you don’t get your aisle mates salty) to increase blood flow. Finally, make sure to use a moisturizer before takeoff and after landing to keep dermis supple and non-itchy.

Brickell Daily Essential Face Moisturizer

Q: I’m new to double-edge shaving and need some tips so I don’t regret the decision?

A: Patience is of primary importance young shaver. You’re not going to be a pro the first time you use a new safety razor – so allow for a slightly stubbly learning curve until you get the hang of it. As far as suggestions, watch how much pressure you apply during your initial adventures. Even with light pressure, these razors can do great work. The angle of your razor is also a key. Typically, a 30 degree angle when making passes with a safety razor is best. Another solid tip is to stretch to-be-shaved skin with your off-hand in order to create as smooth a razor surface as possible. Lastly, watch a bunch of videos on the subject – like this one.

Merkur 34C Heavy Classic Double-Edged Safety Razor

Q: I bought a bottle of cologne and now it smells completely different from when I tried it in the store. What gives?

A: You're not alone with this scent "bait and switch." Odds are you got drawn in by the "Top Notes" of the fragrance. This is where guys often make the “rush to judgment” mistake, as this first whiff doesn’t accurately showcase the way things are going to smell after the scent settles in. The “Base Notes” are the lasting scent -- and those don’t really kick in until about 30 minutes after application. So, before you buy, try some on, grab some lunch or watch some Netflix and see how things smell a half hour later.  If it smells dope, that's your scent.

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Eau de Toilette (EDT)

Q: I’m not going to beat around any bushes.  When it’s hot out or I’m exercising, my private areas start feeling and smelling quite unpleasant.

A: Sweat and odor in the neither regions is a common problem – but the good Dr. has you covered. Our main suggestion is to start using a body powder ASAP. Just grab a quality talc or such and sprinkle where the sun doesn’t normally shine. You might also want to look at spring trimming down there to make sure excess hair isn’t a haven for bacteria and odor. Lastly, wear loose fitting clothes too so the boyz' can breathe.

Grooming Lounge Super Powder



This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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