Hey my loves! I’m sorry for being so absent on my social media & blog lately – I’ve been taking some time for myself and focusing on school and my mental health. I didn’t mean to put my blog on the back burner, but I really needed to take some time for me, as we all do.
Anyways, since we’re approaching capri & shorts weather (hopefully it will come sooner than what Puxatoney Phil predicted), I thought I would share some tips with you all about shaving and how to avoid annoying razor bumps and other shaving catastrophes! Using an Old/Dull Razor
I’m putting this one first because I feel like we’re all culprits of this one. Changing your razor blade regularly is super important because it can reduce your risk of getting an infection and will also make your shaving experience go a little more smoothly. You should be changing your blade every 6-8 shaves. I personally love using a subscription service for my razor blades because it’s cheaper and incredibly convenient. Harry’s offers quality shaving products at an unbeatable price. Not only do they have razor blades, they also sell shaving products to make your life so much easier and your shaving more manageable.
I definitely have tried shaving my legs out of the shower with dry skin and a splash of water…it was bad news bears. Shaving without shaving cream or a shaving gel is a big no-no in my book, especially since I have sensitive skin (that’s super pale so razor burn is all you can see!) Find a shaving cream or gel that has hydrating properties as this can help reduce irritation and make your legs or other body parts smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Shaving Too Quickly
I’m sure you’re questioning me on this one, but hear me out! Definitely, don’t jump in the shower and start shaving right away – your hair follicles need time to soften up and your pores need time to open up so you can have an amazing shave. I’m not saying that you need to be in the shower for 40 mins before you can start shaving, but definitely, give it a minute or two so your hair can be softer and easier to shave. Also – take your time with shaving! Short, small strokes is the way to go.
I feel like exfoliating my legs before shaving them has totally changed the game for me. Lightly exfoliating your skin before shaving is a good idea, since it helps to get rid of the dead skin cells that could get in the way of your razor blade. You don’t need to get a super abrasive scrub nor do you need to scrub your legs until they’re red. Just a smidge of a body scrub goes a long way and will definitely get the job done. Make sure to rinse your legs (or body parts) thoroughly before you start shaving so you don’t clog up your razor with sugar or whatever they use in the scrub.
Going Against the Grain (the Entire Time)
I bet you’ve always been told to go against the grain for a close shave, however, you should be shaving with the grain during your first pass. This helps to reduce any pulls or tugs on your skin. After going with the grain during your first pass, then you can shave against the grain when the hair is shorter and more manageable. Try it – I swear it works!
Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer after shaving (especially if you didn’t use a moisturizing shaving gel/cream).
I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s one of your tricks to avoid nicks when shaving? Let me know!
Thanks so much for reading, as always <3