Can You Shave Over Razor Burn? Here's What An Expert Has To Say

Just hearing the phrase "razor burn" is enough to send shivers running up and down your spine. And the thought of shaving over razor burn? Well, yikes. But sometimes, it just has to be done. If you're anything like me, at least, and need to get rid of your body hair as soon as it starts to grow in even slightly, you know what I'm talking about (if not, more power to ya).

As it turns out, though, there are ways to get rid of body hair in areas with razor burn that aren't so fright-inducing, and more importantly won't further damage your skin. It is possible to shave over irritated skin, as long as you do things the the right way. "If you have dry or irritated skin, make sure you prepare your skin with a specially-formulated shaving cream or gel before using a razor," says BIC Soleil's Mary-Ellen Lacasse. "With a shaving cream or gel, the shaver glides more easily over your skin, thus helping to avoid skin irritation."

Lacasse insists that it's necessary to use shaving cream or gel — not a normal soap — because it's gentler, helps lift the hair and is designed to nourish and moisturize your skin. You should spread the gel on your skin and let it sit for two minutes so you can absorb all the moisture. Here are seven moisturizing shaving creams you can use with razor burn that won't dry out your skin.

1. Aveeno

Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Cream, $4, Jet

All of Aveeno's products are soothing and natural, and their shaving cream is no exception. It's specially designed to fend off razor burn, and will help you get a smooth shave without irritating your skin.

2. Philosophy Shave Gel

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Bath, Shower and Shave Gel, $28, Nordstrom

It's always nice when a single product can do a bunch of different things, and this Philosophy product works as a shower, bath and shave gel for a 3-for-1 bang for your buck.

3. L'Occitaine Shaving Gel

L'Occitane Shaving Gel, $22, Amazon

Even though not shaving your legs is very much a thing in France, they still somehow have the best shaving gel.

4. The Art Of Shaving Shaving Cream

The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream, $25, Amazon

Nope — The Art of Shaving store isn't just for your dad/brother/boyfriend.

5. Coconut Oil

Organic Coconut Oil, $15, Boxed

We already know that coconut oil is crazy moisturizing, and it will help the razor glide easily over your skin. Don't believe me? One of our writers tested the theory!

6. EOS Shaving Cream

EOS Ultra-Moisturizing Shave Cream, $8, Amazon

The name says it all — this EOS shaving cream really is ultra-moisturizing, and will help you avoid nicks and irritation.

7. Kiss My Face Shaving Cream

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave Natural Shaving Cream, $9, Amazon

Despite the name, it's not just for your face. This fruity smelling shaving cream can be used on your legs, pits and anywhere else you may want to take a razor to.

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