If you love a hairless body like I do and want a smooth, safe shave every time. We’ve put together some shaving preparation tips for a better experience.
1. Moisturize your skin
When your skin is well-hydrated, your body hair will become thick with water and break away from the skin more easily, resulting in fewer chances of skin irritation. Soak the area you plan to shave for about three minutes with a warm shower or bath or under running water.
Exfoliation helps to remove any surface-level, dead skin and helps your razor glide over your skin more easily. It is better to exfoliate your skin before shaving rather than after. Otherwise, you might risk causing additional irritation. Use a loofah or a gentle scrub in the shower for better results. Learn more about exfoliating before you shave.
3. Use Shaving cream
Use a foam or gel formulated specifically for shaving or even hair conditioner or body oil to help the razor glide along more easily. And these products will keep your skin soft and supple weel after you dry it off.
4. Shave in the direction of hair growth
Pay attention to the direction of hair growth. Your best chances of achieving your best shave will depend on what areas of your body you are shaving.
Legs – Shave lightly from the ankles up.
Underarms -Shave in all directions your hair grows
Bikini area – Shave in the direction of the hair growth first, then you can go against the grain for a closer shave
5. Close your pores
Use warm water to remove all traces of foam. You may want to apply a hydrating moisturizer immediately after drying off to prevent flakiness and dryness. If you use self-tanning lotion, this is the time to apply it.
6. Protect skin from the sun
You should wait 24 hours before exposing freshly shaved skin to extended periods in the sun. When you go out to enjoy the warm weather, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 and reapply after swimming in water after sweating.
7. Replace your razors regularly
If you notice waste in your razor, don’t try to clean it out with a stream of water, this is the first sign that you need to replace your razor. Even if it still cuts well, a razor with impacted waste can introduce bacteria into open pores or cuts and cause an infection.