having cream on a woman’s leg in a bathtub.having cream on a woman’s leg in a bathtub.

Should I Moisturize After Shaving?

Your skin deserves to feel its best and your shaving routine should set it up for success. Does yours include moisturization as a step? You probably feel like you should moisturize after shaving. The question is: “Why do you feel this way?” Read on to learn why your skin deserves extra pampering when you shave, how to make moisturization an easy part of your grooming routine, and more.

Why Your Skin Needs Moisturization While Shaving

Your razor blade is great at cutting hairs and even removing dead skin, but it can also make your skin more susceptible to dryness. That’s because your skin actually loses moisture when it is exposed to water for a long time. It’s important to apply a moisturizing lotion or oil after you shave to help keep your skin hydrated and ready for next time.
Shaving may cause even more irritation to your skin if not done correctly. And, there are many reasons for that. You may have decided to skip the shaving cream this time (another key moisturizing element). Or, you forgot to swap out your dull blades for fresh ones. If you are experiencing skin irritation, it’s important to determine the reason and make the changes necessary. In addition to getting fresh blades and using the right shaving products, make sure to incorporate a body lotion into your grooming routine to keep your skin hydrated whatever the circumstance.

Woman applying shaving cream to leg while sitting in a bathtub.

How to start (and keep) moisturizing your skin

Making hydration a part of your shaving routine is easy. Just follow these tips:

Step 1

Use a hydrating shaving cream.

Don’t skip on the shaving cream. Use it every time you shave to promote a hydrating experience.

Step 2

Wait a bit before you shave.

Try not to shave immediately upon starting your shower. Let the water run over your skin and the steam soften the hair follicles for a shave that’s nicer on your skin. Avoid hot water that can dry out your skin – stick with lukewarm water. 

Step 3

Step Three: Moisturize your skin right after leaving the shower.

It’s important to lock in moisture after you get out of the shower before it evaporates. Towel-off and then apply lotion to hydrate your skin. Think of this as the last step in ensuring soft, healthy-feeling skin.

Step 4

Make it a habit.

The best thing you can do for your skin is to make moisturization a regular part of your shaving routine.