The start of summer means that you’re wearing shorts, skirts and dresses pretty much every day. No more long pants means that you can’t really go more than a couple of days without having to shave. Shaving in the summer can be annoying, but has to be done. If you’re going to be shaving regularly, you have to do it the proper way. Razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and razor burns do not look good on anyone.
To help you prevent all of these things, we have put together the ultimate guide to shaving in the summer.
Shave in the shower
You should always choose to shave in the shower rather than shaving dry or just in the bathtub. The steam from the shower softens the hair and opens up your pores, making it easier for the blades to shave the hair off. You should also wait until you have been in the shower for a few minutes to shave, so that the hair is softened enough.
Again, do NOT do a dry shave! Doing so is a big cause of razor burn.
Use a non-foaming cream or gel
Using this allows the razor to get as close as possible to the bottom of the hair, allowing for smoother legs for a longer time.
Using a gel can allow you to easily see missed spots.
Definitely do not use body wash, shampoo or conditioner. These are not as effective and tend to be too slippery.
Change the blades regularly
This is because bacteria builds up between uses, which obviously is something that you don’t want to have too much of a build-up of.
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Shave in the direction of hair growth
This prevents razor burn and allows you to pick up more hair.
Moisturize after shaving
When you shave, you’re shaving off dead skin cells. But, you’re shaving off good skin cells too. The best way to take care of this is to hydrate your legs after shaving to replenish those cells. This helps the skin stay soft and free of flakes! It also helps to prevent ingrown hairs.
Keep strokes short
Also, make sure you aren’t pushing too hard. If you find that you have to push hard in order to shave, then your blade is probably too dull and needs to be changed.
How to prevent and treat razor burn and ingrown hairs:
Cause and treatment of razor burn
- The main cause of razor burn is shaving too forcefully or pushing down on your skin with a dull blade.
- If you do happen to get razor burn, rinse the area with cool water and don’t use products with alcohol in them. If the area is still very irritated after that, use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for a few days, and it should go away.
Prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs
- An ingrown hair is one that doesn’t grow completely out of its follicle opening and continues to grow underneath the skin.
- They can be caused by the angle of the hair growth or from a lot of dead skin around the area.
- Ingrown hairs feel annoying and don’t look good. You have to do something to get rid of them!
- If you regularly exfoliate around the area, it will reduce and get rid of the dry skin and start to release the ingrown hairs.
- If it doesn’t go away, or becomes painful, go see a doctor. They can prescribe you something, such as: a topical antibiotic and mild steroid.
Find more tips on treating and preventing grown hairs here. We have an entire post on it!
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