Shaving Tips for Women

Kiss razor burn, unwanted hair and cuts goodbye with the shaving tips for women that will help you get a smooth, close shave every time.

A good shave starts with the tools you use. A sharp blade is less likely to irritate your skin than a dull one, so choose a sophisticated razor with multiple blades and replace the blade regularly, especially if you have sensitive skin. You should also use a shaving cream or gel-the richer the lather, the less likely you'll be to cut your skin.

Before you even touch your razor or pick up the shaving cream, let the hair on your legs soften. Begin the process by washing your skin. Then, whether you're in the bath or the shower, wet your legs with hot water and wait a few minutes. After you apply shaving cream, you wait a few more minutes; this will help your blade last longer and makes hair easier to remove.

To avoid razor burn, you'll want to shave in the direction of hair growth on your legs. However, when you're shaving your bikini line, you can go upward against the grain-carefully-to get a closer shave. Similarly, the hair in your armpits grows almost vertically, which means that you can shave in either an upward or downward motion.

Be sure to take extra care around tricky areas, such as your knees and ankles, to avoid nicks and cuts. While you're shaving, keep an eye on how much hair is collecting in your razor. You should rinse the hair out frequently under running water.

Though it may surprise you, even the time of day you shave can affect your results. If you can, shave at night. Shaving removes dead skin cells; although that is a natural and healthy process, it is one that can make your skin extra sensitive for several hours. You should also apply body oil or a soothing moisturizing on your skin after shaving to achieve the smoothest and softest skin.

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