There are times when you follow the general public’s shaving rulebook down to the last letter, but you still end up with nasty razor bumps and irritation that leave your skin less than fresh.

They obviously never took into account the Bevel method. With a few well-timed preventative measures, and a secret trick or two, your skin can make a comeback better than the Cavs in the 2016 Finals. Here’s how to do it:

Bring the Heat

Whether it’s a warm shower, steam bath or even a hot towel to the face, warming up your skin will open your pore and soften up any ingrown hairs that may have dug their way back into your skin. If your skin is very irritated, you may want to also want to use a pore cleansing brush or light chemical cleanser to do all the heavy lifting.

To avoid this all together, make sure you’re using an after-shave restoring balm that includes anti-inflammatory cleansers, like witch hazel, to soothe the skin after a shave. A high-quality shave brush also helps with the exfoliation process before you start shaving.

Always Be Exfoliating

Whether it’s your girl’s favorite version, or something from our own collection, making sure you exfoliate regularly will help pull ingrown hairs and other irritants out of your skin. It also helps remove any dry, dead skin that may collect on your face and in your beard. It’s recommended you an exfoliator at least three times a week to keep your skin clean and razor-bump free.

Stay Sharp

Shaving with a dull razor blade may save you a few pennies at checkout, but it also comes at the expense of your face. Dull or rusted blades can tug on your hairs, making causing your shave to be uneven and your beard to look raggedy. Invest in a high-quality razor or shaving system that takes into account every aspect of the shaving process.

Another thing to avoid is the use of generic soaps, cleansers, and shampoos that can dry out your skin. Dry skin can lead to an increase in dirt accumulation and bacteria, as well as an increased risk of acne and other skin irritations. To get the best of both worlds, stick to skin products that have both moisturizing and antiseptic properties, and as always, once a razor or trimmer blade gets dull, get a replacement.

Tame the Elements

As much as we’d like to think that the job of protecting our skin stops the moment we finish shaving, that’s not the case. The moment you step outside, you start putting your skin through the motions. Sun, wind, fluctuating temperatures and more can all have an effect on your skin. Keeping a small bottle of face-and-hand cream and well as some oil blotting sheets on hand will help keep your skin healthy from sunup to sundown.