The “Dos and Dont's” of Shaving
Written by Amy White
During her lifetime, a woman will stick hundreds of bandages over nicks on her legs. She will endure countless incidents of razor burn. And she will curse her disposable razor thousands of times. Fortunately, shaving doesn’t need to be this painful. Follow these “dos and don’ts” for shaving and keep those stinging razor cuts at bay!
DO - use a good quality razor. Three- and four-blade razors provide the closest shave.
DO NOT - shave your bare skin. You need a barrier between the sharp razor and your sensitive skin. Apply a thick shaving cream to your legs before shaving.
DO - shave in the opposite direction of hair growth. This gives you the smoothest shave possible.
DO NOT - keep a razor past its expiration date. Using a dull blade can lead to nicks and unsightly scratches, resulting in legs you’ll want to keep hidden. Smooth skin should be worth the few extra dollars a new razor blade costs.
DO - shave in long, even strokes, applying a gentle pressure. Rinse the blade with water after each stroke to wash away any hairs clogging the blade.
DO NOT - shave over an area more than once. This can irritate the skin, leading to redness and itchiness.
DO - exfoliate your skin before shaving. This not only rids your legs of dead skin cells, it helps raise those little hairs hiding beneath the surface of the skin.
DO NOT - shave dry skin. Razors can catch and drag on dry skin, causing nicks and scratches. The best time to shave is right after a hot bath or shower, when your skin is still damp and full of moisture. The hotter the water, the better, since hot water helps weaken hair strands.
DO - apply a moisturizer one hour after shaving. It helps soothe your skin and ward off itchy red bumps and irritation. Waiting one hour gives pores time to close, preventing the risk of infection entering the body through the skin. If your skin feels tight or irritated after shaving, apply an alcohol-free aftershave.
DO NOT - shave in the morning. Shaving exfoliates by removing the topmost layer of skin, leaving your skin vulnerable to external elements. Shaving at night gives your skin time to heal before you head out into the pollution and heat of an early city morning.
No one wants to deal with unwanted body hair, yet it is an inescapable reality: hair will grow where you don’t want it. By following the tips above, you will learn to peacefully coexist with your razor blade. And – best of all – you will achieve smooth and touchable legs. So throw away the bandages and reach for those skirts!