For those who find waxing too painful, shaving is the only option. But shaving every other day can be quite a tedious process. What most men and women don’t know is that there are a few tricks to help you maximize the results of your next shave. Your skin will stay smoother for longer, and the time you can save can be used for other purposes.
Soak your razor in hot water before shaving
Heating the razor blade in hot water will help it glide over your skin more easily, resulting in a more efficient shave. It also causes the hair to shrink when it is cut, which causes it to grow back more slowly.
Use shaving oil instead of shaving cream
Shaving cream may be more convenient, but shaving oil is actually much more effective. When you use shaving oil, the razor glides directly over the skin, which means the hair is cut at a deeper point. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to shave as often. On the other hand, shaving cream creates a small “barrier” between the skin and the razor blade.
Shaving in the opposite direction, away from hair growth
This is the real golden rule when it comes to shaving: always shave against the direction of hair growth! This cuts the hair much closer to the root and leaves the skin smoother. The effect of your shaving will also last much longer.
Change your razor blades regularly
A very important factor when shaving is, of course, the sharpness of the blade. Many people forget to change their razor blade at regular intervals and then wonder why their skin isn’t as smooth after shaving. Every time you use a razor blade, it gets a little duller. The only way to optimally shave off all the hair is to use a sharp blade.
Peeling before shaving
Another way to improve your shaving performance is to cleanse your skin before shaving. Exfoliating will remove dry and dead skin that can prevent your razor from gliding smoothly over your skin and reaching all of your hair as deeply as possible. Peeling can even make it possible to get rid of ingrown hairs.
Take a hot shower before shaving
This sounds pretty obvious, but it’s actually really important. Before shaving, you should take a hot shower or at least wipe your skin with a warm, damp cloth. This opens the pores and softens the hair. It also allows the razor to get as close to the skin as possible for a deeper cut and a smoother shave.
After shaving, you should apply a soothing body lotion to your skin to moisturize it. And if you find yourself suffering from mild razor irritation, the best treatment is to use aloe vera gel.