So you suddenly made weekend plans on Friday night, and have absolutely no time to go to the salon and get waxed. The only option you are left with is to shave. But do you know that there are chances you could be doing it all wrong. Take a look at the most common mistakes ladies make while shaving.
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Shaving as soon as you hop into the shower
Understandably, you want to get your morning routine underway, but it is advisable to stay in the shower or bath for about 15 minutes before you start shaving – this will help soften the hair and open up follicles.
Shaving first thing in the morning
Shaving at night will leave your limbs smoother. As you sleep, your body swells slightly; this can make hair retreat back into its follicles.
Using a bar soap to lather
Always make sure to lather up your legs with a moisturizing shaving cream to make sure the razor glides easily over your skin, and you avoid nicks and cuts. In a pinch, hair conditioner will do just as good a job. But skip the bar soap; it doesn't create enough lubrication for a razor to slide easily against your skin, which can up the odds of cuts.
Using those single-blade disposable razors
For everyday use, it's best to invest in a four or five blade razor. They provide the smoothest results, letting you navigate tricky areas like your wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Single-blade disposables are likelier to drag against the skin causing irritation and redness.
Using the same razor blade for a long time
You may have bought yourself a nice razor, but it won't do you any good if you don't change your blade often enough. Old blades can get rusty with time and they are not only ineffective, but also more likely to cause dryness or redness and catch bacteria, which can potentially cause infections.
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Shaving in an upward direction
If you have extremely sensitive skin, you must not shave in an upward direction at all. While going upward may get you a closer shave, it also increases the possibility of irritation, nicks and cuts. Once your hair is short after the first shave, and the skin is warm and lubricated, going against the direction of hair growth is much safer. If you have some time on your hands, and would like a closer shave, reapply the gel and shave again.
Not preventing or treating razor burn
Close shaving can result in in-growth and razor burn; and untreated razor burn can turn into long-term scars. To help prevent those annoying red bumps in the first place, use an exfoliating body scrub twice a week to shed the dead skin. To treat bumps, put a warm compress on the affected area, the heat will relax the hair and settle the bumps down. After showering, apply a moisturising lotion to soften the skin, thereby leaving your skin less prone to infections.
Shaving with your guy's razor
A lot of women think using a men's razor is more effective. Please stop doing that! There are many razors made especially for women with moisturising strips that leave the sensitive skin soft and supple. Choose from a wide range of razors for females instead of borrowing your guy's razor.
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