When it comes to shaving creams and lotions, I’ve found that a shaving gel works better for me than a cream or lotion. I have used a shaving brush and the appropriate shaving soap, and found that to be a good alternative. Shaving gels, especially those for sensitive skin, seem to be less irritating than creams and lotions. Whatever I use, I do get a better shave when I take the time to massage the gel or soap into my face, with water as hot as I can stand it.
One thing I do have to avoid is any after-shave that has alcohol as their primary ingredient. Especially straight after I’ve shaved, the time you’re supposed to splash some on your face. All most after-shave lotions give me is a dry and stinging face, which certainly doesn’t feel very good to me. Menthol based products also have a similar effect for me as the alcohol based ones. The ‘cool’ sensation is great, the soreness and irritation is not so great.
Along with using petroleum jelly to stop scabs from forming when I’ve cut myself, I find using a moisturiser every other day helps to protect my face, and lessens the irritations I get from shaving.
I hope you find these tips useful, especially if you do suffer from skin irritation because of shaving.