Seeking silky smooth, hairless skin for summer?
There is only one thing that winter beats summer on: the required shaving frequency. Shorts and tank tops and bikini’s require some major hair maintenance!
Unfortunately, shaving can mean razor burn. Many women turn to waxing or laser hair removal, which is great, but very expensive! Shaving is the more economical option. Here are our tips for getting the ultimate close shave without setting your skin on fire.
1) The trick to shaving is to wet your skin and let it soften from the heat and moisture. You don’t want to shave dry skin. Shaving is a natural exfoliator and if you try to dry shave, you run the risk of clogging up the razor with dead skin while putting yourself at risk for nicks and razor burn.
2) There’s no need to waste your money on shaving creams formulated especially for women, they are virtually the same as the creams sold for men. (Now if you can just find a scent you can live with). My hands-down favourite shaving cream works for both him and her.
3) You are going to have to experiment with razors until you find the perfect one for you. Ask your friends for recommendations and look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and spring-mounted multiple blades. I’ve sampled several types and varieties and was amazed at how different each feels. My favorite? The Gillette Venus razor. Another great bet: Schick Quattro for Women, which has four super-thin blades and a pivoting head.
4) Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis; a dull blade can lead to nicks. Also, it’s best not to borrow your guy’s razor. His hair is coarser and will dull a blade.
5) Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that could clog up your razor, preventing a close shave. There are several ways to exfoliate. You can use exfoliating gloves or a cloth in the shower or dry brush before you shower (never get a wooden brush wet, it will mildew fast). See “How to Exfoliate” for more information.
6) Since your leg hairs grow down, you’ll want to start at your ankles and shave up. For your underarms, you’ll need to shave in every direction since the hair there grows in at many different angles.
7) When finished shaving, apply oil or moisturizer. The skin on your legs has few oil glands and has a tendency for dryness. I like applying extra virgin coconut oil (or baby oil) on my legs after a shower and then toweling off the excess oil.
8) Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs curl back under the skin. Avoid ingrown hairs by exfoliating daily and using a glycolic acid cleanser on affected areas.
Happy shaving divas!