Shaving day is a girl’s worst nightmare, not only is it boring but you have the risk of cutting yourself which sting like crazy. It doesn’t just end at shaving, though, exfoliating and moisturising are all key steps that need to be taken afterwards. You may not know it, but you could have been shaving wrong this whole time. Have a burning sensation after you’ve finished? Ouch. I’m here to save the day with the Do’s and Don’ts of shaving!
Make sure you exfoliate before you start shaving, this will remove any dead skin cells and gives your razor a clean slate to work on, meaning more hair will be eliminated.
Use a good quality razor with 3-4 blades and make sure you change the heads regularly. This will provide you with the closest shave. (Okay, so we’ve all used an old razor at some point because we’re lazy). But not only that, say no thank you to gross bacteria.
Shave in long, even strokes and be slow – taking your time is key because rushing is how you get those tiny cuts that sting like a bitch.
Apply moisturiser after shaving, this keeps your legs super smooth and will help soothe skin and reduce those nasty red bumps. I use Vaseline’s Moisturising Gel which is an alternative if you hate the feeling of moisturiser. How can you possibly like the feeling of sticky legs?! Plus it smells like chocolate, so I’m a walking heaven for the night.
Shave towards the end of your bath/shower, this means your pores have got a chance to open, and you’ll have more of an efficient shave.
Shave with the right amount of pressure, the harder you press on the blade, the more irritation you will cause!
Don’t shave with goosebumps! (I’m so guilty of this, especially in the bath because as soon as I left my leg up, I get cold). It does cause extreme irritation, and it can be painful so get hot, girl.
Don’t exfoliate after shaving, it will burn, and you’ll feel like crying. The salt in scrubs will get into all of those tiny cuts, and you’ll get very red legs. Just no.
Don’t shave too often, it’s easier to shave longer hairs, and it stops skin becoming sore.
Never shave on bare skin, lather it up and have a foam party. Razor burn is a no no.
So there you have it, silky smooth legs without the trauma of wounding yourself! Shaving is the worst, but it’s definitely important to follow steps to ensure you look after your skin. Throw all of that crap soap away and don’t be using the same razor for three months!