Posted by Zach Jun 17, 2016 in Styptic pencil
Perfecting the art of a traditional shave is a right of passage for men around the world. However, anyone who knows about the benefits of a closer finish is no stranger to the occasional shaving cut.
While shaving cuts tend to be minor ailments, they can be disproportionately inconvenient. There’s nothing more annoying that getting decked out from head to toe in your Sunday best, only to spatter that crisp white shirt collar with spots of crimson. We know, you’ve tried it all. From band-aids to alum, there are an abundance of proposed quick fixes for razor nicks, but which one will really help you to stop bleeding?
In this article we’re going critically assess one of the most common approaches, the ice cube method, and also introduce a lesser known yet highly effective way to stop shaving cuts in their tracks.
Do ice cubes help bleeding after shaving?
So here’s how the science goes. When you apply an ice cube to a shaving cut, the cold causes the capillaries in the affected area to contract and constrict the blood flow. Once the blood flow slows down to a near standstill, it is able to form a clot (usually with the help of a bit of tissue dabbing), and the cut is sealed.
In essence – yes. Ice cubes may help to stop bleeding after shaving, but we’re not convinced that it’s the most effective method. Applying ice to the face directly can actually cause damage to capillaries from the extreme cold. That’s why you use an ice pack for a sprained ankle rather than dumping your leg in icy bath water.
I will assume that if you have the intellectual capacity to read this text, then you also know that melts. Unfortunately, shaving cuts can take some time to stop bleeding, and taking a handful of ice cubes on your morning commute can get very wet, very fast. So although ice can help to slow down blood flow, it can be a messy and inconvenient way to stop your shaving cut from bleeding.
Do it like the pros
Styptics are a lesser known solution to stop bleeding after a shaving nick. They are widely used in the military to treat soldiers injured in the field. The wonderful thing about styptics is that they reduce the flow of blood to a wound, without causing the damage of ice, or encouraging the spread of bacteria in band-aids.
If you cut yourself shaving, simply roll your styptic pencil out from its protective casing and apply it to the wound. Then then watch the magic happen. You feel a tingling sensation, perhaps a slight sting, as the skin around your cut contracts and the blood flow is stopped in a matter of seconds. No need for a face covered in toilet paper confetti, or a slowly melting ice pack sitting on the subway on the way to work. Just pure, unbridled healing power – without the inconvenience.
Styptic pencils can be found in some pharmacies, but your average drugstore product has a tendency to crumble when it gets wet. Thankfully modern alternatives, like Glyder, have given the styptic pencil a new lease on life, with their protective packaging that makes it last longer than most alternatives. They are affordable, and portable, and we think it’s well worth splashing a few bucks on something that will save you the stress of treating a cut at the wrong time.