Master Your Shaving Technique
It’s not just what you use to shave that can influence your risk of nicks and cuts, but also how you shave.
If you’ve been experiencing a lot of shaving cuts or your skin’s particularly sensitive, make gentle, downwards strokes with your razor, and try to shave with the grain (that’s in the same direction that your facial hair grows). This should help to reduce your risk of shaving cuts, ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Always Use a Fresh Blade
It’s one of the most common shaving myths that sharp razor blades will nick your skin. In actual fact, it’s dull or damaged blades that are more likely to lead to cuts.
Joining Gillette’s shave club means you can make sure you’ve always got a fresh supply of sharp razor blades, as you can choose to have new blades delivered to your door as often as you need them.
There’s no commitment, as you can cancel at any time, but it means you can say goodbye to the worry of being left with just one dull blade when you’re getting ready for a big day.
Top tip: never tap your razor on the edge of the sink or wipe it on a towel in between strokes to help stop it from becoming damaged. You should rinse your blade after every few razor strokes by simply holding it under the tap so it can be cleaned from back to front.
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How to Stop Shaving Cuts from Bleeding
So now you know how to prevent shaving cuts, how can you stop them from bleeding?
The key is to apply pressure to the cut using a warm flannel or cloth as soon as possible after the cut happens to stem the flow of blood.
When bleeding has stopped, apply an aftershave balm or moisturiser to soothe your skin. A little bit of stinging is to be expected, and we recommend including this step as part of your post-shave routine, even if you’ve successfully swerved any shaving cuts.
Bear in mind that balms tend to be gentler than lotions, so use a product like our Gillette Aftershave Balm if you have sensitive skin.