So now that I have busted a few myths about shaving that has been going on since ages, it’s time for me to share with you guys the right method to shave and a few tips, which will help you in the process to get a close shave.
- NOURISH! NOURISH! NOURISH!
You don’t want to shave dry skin. To avoid cuts, wet your skin and let it soften or apply a moisturizer/baby oil before getting the razor to your skin, this will help you to avoid any razor burns caused in the process and leave you with a gentle smooth shave as the razor will glide easily over your skin. Tadaa ?
In case you are running out of baby oil, Olive oil or even a normal hair conditioner is great for shaving but skip the shampoo/soap, it tends to be drying.
Once you’re done with shaving, give your skin a 15-20 minutes off before applying a moisturizer or lotion. If you must moisturize immediately following shaving, select a cream formula rather than a lotion since the skin is at its most sensitive immediately after shaving.
- RIGHT METHOD
Since your leg hairs grow down, you should start in the opposite direction, i.e., start at your ankle and move upwards. But for people who have sensitive skin, you should shave downwards first and then upwards.
Use long, even strokes without applying excessive pressure and let the handle and the blade do the work for you.
Lift your arm up while shaving to pull skin tight and shave from the bottom up, though you can shave in all directions since the hair there grows at many different angles.
You need to be very careful while shaving your bikini part, as the skin here is thin and tender. Shave horizontally, from the outside to the inside of the upper thigh and groin area, using smooth even strokes.
- EXFOLIATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!
Exfoliating is one important pre shaving step that can help get rid of dead skin cells so they won’t clog up your razor preventing a close shave. There are several ways to exfoliate, you can use home-made scrubber or a good body scrub or even a dry brush before you shower.
Always take care not to spray deodorant right after shaving as it will result to irritation and stinginess. In order to prevent this it’s better to shave underarms at night and give the area time to stabilize. Avoid going swimming as freshly shaved skin is vulnerable to the stinging effects of chlorine and salt water as well as sun tan lotions and sunscreens that consist alcohol.