How To Avoid Shaving Rashes – Face, Bikini, And Body!
Shaving is an everyday ritual for many of us, but it’s crazy how often we manage to get it ALL wrong. If you typically jump in the shower, grab any old razor, and get the job done as quickly as possible; chances are you’ll be familiar with shaving rashes.
Step 1: Exfoliate
Exfoliating before you shave will help remove any dead skin that’s clogging your pores and lying on top of your skin, enabling you to achieve a closer shave. Avoid exfoliating after, as your skin will be sensitive, and this could irritate it further.
Step 2: Soak
Before you apply shaving cream, let your skin soak for approximately three minutes in warm water. This will hydrate and soften the hair, which will make it easier to remove.
Step 3: Lubricate!
Rule number one: Always use shaving cream! And no, body wash isn’t shaving cream, so you shouldn’t substitute one for the other, as it’ll only increase the probability of redness and irritation – you wouldn’t use shower gel as shampoo, would you? Shaving cream is specifically designed to reduce friction and allow for an easier and closer shave .
Step 4: Aim
By aim, we mean shave in the right direction – we started with one-word steps, and we’re seeing it through! And actually, the right direction isn’t always up: The correct direction to shave is dependent on the area of the body you’re shaving. On your legs, you should shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth for the closest possible cut.
Step 5: Soothe
At the end of your shave (if you can handle icy temperatures) rinse your skin with a blast of cold water. This will close the pore, lowering the risk of irritation.
Extra tips for your bikini line…
On your bikini line, as the skin is more sensitive, you can actually shave in the direction of the hair growth. On delicate areas, it’s also important not to apply too much pressure; again if you’re using a good razor, it should glide and cut the hair, without having to work too hard.
We hope you enjoyed reading and will remember yhese tips before shaving.