“Razor burn is about how well-lubricated the skin is as much as it is about the razor,” Dr. Mir explains in a statement to Glamour. The thing she says to keep in mind: “Shaving removes the top dead layers of skin—it’s exfoliation!” While the process can lead to smooth legs when done with proper protection, it can also lead to raw, red, unhappy gams. After all, dragging a sharp object across your skin is likely to irritate it. So the key is keeping enough “slip” on the skin so the razor glides along it easily.
Her advice: Use shaving cream applied to wet skin. Avoid soaps and gels, which can actually dry your skin out. Our favorite shave cream across the board is EOS.