To get the smoothest hairless skin we have been using various methods since a long time. But shaving probably remains our favourite go to method, as it is hassle-free, cheap, easy and you don’t need to fix an appointment for it. But shaving is a tricky task if you are new at it. You might end up with a smooth skin if you’re lucky or if not, then get ready to see some nicks and cuts along with some really annoying ingrown hair. So, what is the best way to get a smooth hairless skin?
You have probably been told a lot of times to exfoliate your skin before shaving, but of course you’re too lazy to do it. Exfoliating would not only help you to get rid of the dead cells, but will ensure that you get a close shave and zero ingrown hair. So next time when you head in for shaving, remember to carry your cleaning brush to get that close and perfect shave.
- Invest in a good razor
This is probably the most important thing on this list and everything depends on the type of razor you use. Use a multiblade razor to save time as fewer passes will be required to remove the hair, thus reducing the odds of irritating your skin. Also, remember to choose a razor which has a head that is flexible and pivots to help free gliding along your body. If you are using disposable razors, remember to throw them away after they get dull. We understand that replacement blades can be expensive, but do you really want more nicks and cuts?
- Use a shaving gel
Shaving gel is like razor’s sidekick and shaving isn’t complete without the involvement of both of them. Never ever shave dry as it can cause skin irritation, but also keep soap as a last resort. If you are out of shaving gel, use hair conditioner as it will help to soften your hair.
- You can shave against the skin growth
Usually it is recommended to shave along the hair growth direction to prevent skin irritation. But when it comes to your legs, it is okay to go against the direction of hair growth to get a closer cut as long as you are using a shaving gel.
- Trim Trim Trim
If your hair is long, it is wise to first trim it and then to shave it. Trimming first helps to see where you are placing your razor, which reduces your risk of getting cut. So, remember to trim a little beforehand for a little visibility.
- Best time to shave – End of shower
The best time to shave is at the end of your shower when your skin is moisturised and hydrated, along with being squeaky clean. Softer hair responds faster to razor.
Never ever shave before going for a swim, as the chlorine might end up irritating your sensitive skin. It might seem obvious, but remember to never shave sunburnt area. If you follow all these instructions and still end up with cuts and ingrown hair, then dab some Aloe Vera gel or rub cortisone cream over the affected area. You can also use Salicylic acid to exfoliate the top layer of skin to help the ingrown hair work its way out.
Shaving is a cost-effective method, but it is a temporary solution and shaving daily or thrice a week is quite tedious. It is thus better to go for monthly waxing visits or it is wise to go for laser hair removal.