Shaving could easily be a girl’s most basic and common beauty routine. It is also the most used hair removal technique for many reasons: it is cheap, easy and you can do it anywhere at any time. But being such a routine thing to do doesn’t mean it can’t have its own science and technique. You always want to achieve perfectly smooth results and avoid cuts or irritation. So today we bring you…
7 tips for an easy and smooth shaving experience
1) Use a multi-blade and flexible razor
If you want to achieve a perfect shave, a sharp multi-blade razor is key. The more blades your razor has, the fewer passes you need to remove hair, thus saving you from repeatedly scraping across your skin and increasing the chances of irritation. You should also choose a razor with a pivoting head and that is flexible rather than fixed, so it glides easily across your body’s curves and corners, reducing the risk of nicks.
2) Change blades as soon as they get dull
Even though it may be cheaper to want to keep the blades for as long as possible, you should be discarding blades as soon as they start to get dull or even rusty. If you ask the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) their advice is to change your razor blade after 5 to 7 uses. However, this will depend on the thickness and coarseness of your hair. So if you are shaving 3 times per week, you should change the blades about every two weeks.
3) Use shaving gel
Expert dermatologists recommend to never shave dry, as doing so can cause razor burn and nick your skin. Shaving gels soften the hair and provide a layer of protection between the razor blade and your skin, making it easier to clip. Gels are also less opaque than shaving cream so you can get a better glimpse of where you’re shaving.
4) Shaving against hair growth
The AAD recommendation to shave in the same direction of the hair growth is mainly based on men’s facial shaving. But when it comes to your legs, dermatologists say it’s generally fine to go against the grain. In case you’re frequently getting razor bumps and ingrown hairs, especially around the bikini line which typically has coarser hair, then you can shave in the same direction to prevent irritations and folliculitis.
5) Shave lightly and trim first
When shaving, don’t press down too hard, as doing so can irritate or cut your skin. It might also be easier to shave frequently when you still have shorter hair. There’s no issue in shaving multiple times a week or even daily. Just make sure your skin isn’t getting irritated. If you wait and the hair is longer in the bikini area, it can be harder to see where you’re placing the razor, increasing your risk of cuts. If necessary, trim the hair a little beforehand for better visibility.
6) Best times for shaving
The best time to shave, professionals say would be right before the end of the shower, when your skin is the most hydrated and the hair is the softest. This is when skin and hair will respond better to the razor. If you regularly get pedicures, it is better to shave after the pedi, as having a shaving nick during your appointment has a high risk of infection.
The same tip applies when going to the beach, as your legs may sting if you shave right before jumping into salt water. And it might sound obvious, but you should definitely avoid shaving sunburned skin.
7) Fixing occasional issues
Even if you follow these smart tips, you may still experience the occasional ingrown hair or irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. So to soothe razor bumps, you can dab on 1% over-the-counter cortisone cream along with some aloe vera gel.
If you have ingrown hair, avoid digging into your skin with tweezers. A scar will make ingrown hair even more likely. You can use a dab of salicylic acid spot treatment, which exfoliates the top layer of skin and helps the hair work its way out.