If there was one manly characteristic that you could get rid of, what would it be? Body and facial hair, don’t you think? It may not be as thick and coarse as man hair, but can you just imagine how much of a hassle it can be when you constantly have to get rid of it? Plus, it can be embarrassing when you forgot to remove armpit or leg hair and suddenly, someone spills juice on you and you have nothing but a sleeveless dress – with no blazer.
The problem is you can’t do this anytime you want. Or you can, but it will take time to remove all unwanted hair.
Which leaves you your last option – shaving. It is quick, it is easy and yes, it is very convenient, especially when you only have 10 minutes to get rid of unwanted hair.
Or perhaps you’re doing it wrong. Here are 10 proper shaving tips to help you avoid skin problems.
1. Find The Right Razor For You
Yes, ladies. As crazy as it may sound, there is such a thing as “right or perfect razor” that fits you. In fact, this is the first step in the shaving process – finding the right one for you.
Think about this. You’re going to spend some time inside the shower with your razor for a few months. Therefore, you need it to be perfect, someone who can’t let you down – at least for a few months.
Every razor must come with a pivoting head, lubricated strips and soft grip handle. At the same time, it should have more blades, so you don’t have to go over and shave the same area multiple times. Of course, it all boils down to design. Razors for women come in different colors and styles, so choose something that can match your personality.
Oh, and your razor is for your use only. Never share it with anyone. That is very unhygienic.
2. Moisturize Or Soften Your Skin Before Shaving
This is a cardinal rule in shaving: never, ever shave on dry skin. Otherwise, dead skin from your legs or any part of your body you wish to shave can clog up the razor. This can make you more prone to nicks, irritation and even razor burn.
It is understandable that you want to get rid of excess hair on your legs pronto. Before you do, make sure to soften your skin before shaving. Wet your skin first, and allow it to absorb the heat and moisture from the water.
That is why it is recommended that you finish your shower with a shave, since hair is soft enough and pores are opened up, making shaving easier. If it helps, apply baby oil or olive oil before stepping into the shower.
3. Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
Yes, it turns out that even your legs or any area you wish to shave requires exfoliation, too. And the best way to do this is before you step on the shower and shave.
Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that could clog the razor. Once the razor is clogged, this means you have to go through the same area over and over, which means more time and effort on your part.
To do this, you can use exfoliating gloves, dry brush or cloth and exfoliate the area you are planning to shave. If you plan to use brush, make sure not to get it wet since a wet wooden brush can mildew fast.
4. Consider Shaving Creams
Some people are not a believer of shaving creams. For them, shaving creams are waste of money, since these are virtually the same as men’s shaving creams, but with scents you can live with.
Well, true, however, shaving creams can make shaving easier and smoother. Using soap tends to dry out skin, which is a situation you want to avoid to prevent irritation or redness.
Therefore, ditch your soap and try a shaving cream for a change. It has the ability to provide moisture on your skin to make shaving hassle-free.
Or, if you feel that all shaving creams are just the same, which means it is a shaving cream made for men, but with a better and more acceptable fragrance, then you can use conditioner. It can also provide moisture, making it easier to shave.
5. Shave In Smaller Strokes
This is another common mistake among women, including you, perhaps. You might think that shaving in longer strokes saves you time, since you are able to cover a big chunk of space instantly. Apparently, that is not how it works.
If you want to get the best results in the shaving department, shave in smaller strokes and make sure you are not pushing too hard. This is to ensure that you are able to remove all the hairs that you want to get rid of without having to go through it over and over.
Oh, and if you keep coming back and shave that area more than once, then it means you need to change your razor. Chances are your razor needs to retire, so give it a break. It deserves rest anyway.
6. Shaving: How Far Should You Go?
Well, it depends. The truth is not all areas in your body are good candidates for shaving.
For instance, the bikini area is more appropriate for waxing, since the area down south is a sensitive one. The last thing you need to worry about down there is your pubes growing in different directions.
However, areas such as underarm or legs are okay to shave. The problem is most women leave the thigh area unshaved, which is a big no-no.
Your thighs matter too, since they are also an important part of your legs. Plus, you want your legs to be smooth all the way up, so never neglect this area.
As to the underarm area, make sure to remove any traces of deodorant before shaving. This can clog the razor too, making you more prone to nicks. Then shave according to the growth of your hair, although underarm hair can grow in all directions.
7. On A Regular Basis
Okay, this one is more than just for hygienic reasons. Of course, you need to change razors or cartridges every few months, especially when you use the razor a lot.
After all, a dull razor can lead to bumps, nicks and might irritate your skin – which is something you want to avoid.
Once you notice your razor is not getting enough hair as it used to be two months ago, then toss it away. You need to give them a proper retirement.
8. Avoiding Ingrown Hairs
This is the problem with shaving. Unlike other hair removal options, shaving does not entire pull the hair and only addresses the visible ones.
It leaves ingrown hair, or hair curled back under your skin, and causes it to grow back in different directions.
The good news is, there ways you can prevent it. To avoid ingrown hair, make sure to exfoliate regularly and use glycolic acid cleanser on all affected areas. However, there are instances where ingrown hairs are unmanageable.
If that is the case, you can try over-the-counter lotions that are specifically formulated for ingrown hairs. Apply it twice a day, morning and at night. The bumps will disappear in a few days.
9. Give Your Skin Some TLC
That’s tender, loving, care, ladies. In fact, that is the best thing you can give to your skin especially after going through the shaving arena. Hair was taken out of your skin. How do you expect it to react?
If you want to avoid any skin problems associated with shaving, then make sure to moisturize it after bath. Your skin has few oil glands at this time, making it more prone to dryness.
To avoid this, along with irritation, burns, redness and nicks, apply lotion or extra virgin coconut oil as soon as you stepped out of the shower. As much as possible, avoid loofahs or washcloths, since wiping off your newly-shaven skin with rough materials can also cause irritation.
In other words, be nice. Your skin deserves a break, too.
10. Say Hello To Hydrocortisone Or Salve
First, this should not be used on a regular basis. Second, it can cause your skin to thin so again, don’t use it regularly.
At the same time, you skin will learn to become immune to it, especially when you use hydrocortisone creams regularly, making it less effective. Third, only use this to reduce sting and redness caused by shaving.
It helps soothe the skin and heal irritations or redness caused by shaving.
So, are you ready to shave the right way?