Dermatology experts have claimed that shaving your legs at night and leaving work until the shower is over could help you get a better shave with less irritation.
You’ve probably been shaving your legs for years, and by this point you’ve mastered the process like an exact science, right?
Well, apparently not, as the experts say, most of us shave completely the wrong way.
According to dermatologists and experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Labyou can reduce your exposure to problems like razor burn and ingrown hairs by simply making a few small changes to the way you shave, including when you jump in the shower.
So if you suffer from skin irritations, missed spots or nicks and cuts from your razor, here’s how you can change up your shaving routine and get that silky smooth feeling that lasts.
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Shave at the end of your shower
Shaving your legs can be an arduous process, so it can be tempting to snap and get rid of it as soon as you step into the shower.
But experts advise waiting about 15 minutes before you start shaving so your hair has time to soften and your follicles can open up, allowing for a better shave.
Instead of pulling out the razor right away, try washing your hair and body first and leaving the shave until the end of your shower routine.
Leave your shave until night
You might feel like shaving in your morning shower will prepare you for the day ahead, but apparently we should actually wait until evening to get to work.
Shaving before bed could make your legs even smoother, as your legs swell slightly when you sleep and can cause hair to grow back in their follicles.
Invest in a shaving cream
Experts say you should never shave “dry” under any circumstances – no matter how rushed you are.
Instead, lather up your legs with shaving cream or gel to protect the skin and make sure the razor can glide easily – this will protect you from nicks and cuts, while giving you a smoother shave. own.
New York dermatologist Ellen Gendler also advises against using bar soap to lather up your legs, as she said: “It doesn’t create enough lubrication for a razor to glide easily over your skin, which can increase the risk of cuts.”
Shave the leg first
Let’s be honest, we’ve all shaved “against the grain”, haven’t we?
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing to do, but experts say you should shave in the direction of your hair growth first to minimize the risk of irritation.
If you have very sensitive skin, you shouldn’t shave upwards at all, but if not, you can go against the grain once your leg hair has already been cut short by shaving the leg.
Prevent razor burn with a body scrub
We all want our shave to be as close as possible, but the closer you shave, the more likely you are to suffer from ingrown hairs and razor burn.
To avoid those nasty red bumps, use an exfoliating body wash or body scrub twice a week to remove skin that traps hair.
And once razor burn has already struck, apply a warm compress to the affected area to relax the hair, and apply body lotion after your shower to soften the hair – leaving your skin less prone to infection.
Replace your razor blade every two weeks
Okay, this one sounds a little crazy, but apparently we should be changing our razor blades every fortnight – and we’ll be the first to admit that we’re definitely leaving it on for a lot longer.
Experts say old blades are more likely to cause bumps and redness and trap bacteria, and for maximum safety they should be replaced at the first sign of dullness – usually after two weeks of use.
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