Finding the time or energy to shave can at times feel like a small feat. Even worse, going ahead and shaving, and ending up with painful or disappointing results. Good news, you don’t have to live like this, there’s hope for you yet! A few simple changes and new techniques can make all the difference. Remember: Patience is key.
- Flaky or drying skin does not go well with your razor, period. Prior to shaving, either the day before or the day of, exfoliate with a gentle body scrub (avoid anything with citric acids or abrasive grains). For underarms, a scrub made for unclogging face pores works wonders!
- Wet skin for at least 3 minutes, that moisture is necessary. But don’t overdo the time either, any longer than
10 minutes and your skin will swell, making it impossible to get a close shave.
- If you don’t have any shaving gel, reach for hair conditioner or ultra moisturizing body wash. Never use soap, this is simply too drying.
- Once you’re done shaving, don’t cleanse the rest of your body with a loofah, sponge, or wash cloth. This may irritate skin so just use your hands.
- Moisturize with a good body oil (Olive oil, Coconut Oil, Baby Oil) or a fragrance free lotion. Wait an hour before doing so if your skin is super sensitive.
- Avoid shaving during your period, your body tends to be prone to extreme external pain at this time.
- You still have take care of your skin days after shaving. Exfoliate a couple of times a week to prevent in-grown hairs (this happens when hair curls back inside the skin and creates painful pimples).
- Keep skin as taut as possible when shaving in your bikini area or underarms.
- Change razor blades after 3-5 uses.
- Avoid cheap disposable razors, as well as those made specifically for men.