Resolution 2012: No More Razor Rash

As 2012 approaches and you begin to draft your list of New Year's Resolutions, don't be afraid to put "no more razor rash" at the top.

Yes, this is your year to beat the painful red bumps that have been plaguing your shaving experience. Razor rash or burn or bumps -- or pseudofolliculitis barbae if you want to get technical -- form when hairs curl in on themselves and grow back into the skin. This process can lead to major irritation and breakouts. No fun at all.

The quickest way to avoid razor rash is to:

1) Use a high quality shaving product that lubricates the skin.

2) Shave with cold water. Really. Warm water opens up your pores, but it also draws the blood closer to the surface of the skin, which can lead to irritation. So go cold. (Out of the shower is recommended unless you need some serious cooling down.)

- Marisa