Shaving is a part of our daily beauty regime. Every time we pick a dress or shorts to wear, we go through the grueling process of shaving our legs and hands. While waxing is one of the cleaner options, we often tend to reach for the razor when we want a quick fix for the little hair that grows on our hands and legs.
While shaving is necessary for many of us and we do it pretty often, the itch that remains after we shave is one things we wish we could fix. Razor burns and irritated skin occur often when we shave and they not only give us a difficult time, but they are also difficult to cover. We are going to share a few tips you could use in order to make the experience less itchy.
If you want the smoothest skin after shaving, you should definitely exfoliate before you pick up the razor. Exfoliating removes the dead skin and toxins and makes the entire shaving experience smoother and also leaves less irritated skin behind. To do it right, start from one end and move to the other while rubbing in small circles. If your skin is too sensitive, try making a natural scrub. One of the most effective scrubs you could whip at home is virgin olive oil with few spoons of sugar. Strictly avoid exfoliating after shaving since it can irritate any cuts caused during shaving.
2. Shave After A Warm Bath Or Shower:
The best time to shave is after you have had a warm bath or shower. A warm bath or shower hydrates the skin and make the hair on the skin softer and thus, easier to shave. The warm water not only softens your hair, but it also makes the hair stand against the skin thus making the skin less prone to irritation after shaving. If you are in a hurry and you need to head out soon, use a washcloth dipped in warm water and put it against the skin for at least 5 minutes.
3. Use A Shaving Lubricant:
Although this might sound a bit expensive, don’t overlook it. Always make sure that you have enough lubricant before you shave. While soap and water might work just fine, a lubricant is a must if you often have to deal with itchiness and irritation after you shave. A shaving lubricant works provides hydration to the skin and also makes the entire process of shaving easier.
4. Shave In The Direction Of Your Hair Growth:
Shaving in the direction of your hair growth irritates the skin pores less. This usually means shaving in the downward direction. While shaving against the grain can give you a closer shave, this can increase the risk of getting your skin irritated exponentially. Also, make sure you use short and light strokes while shaving. Shaving with longer strokes can make the shave feel blunt and this might result in you putting more pressure on the skin while shaving. This can lead to cuts and can lead to rashes too.
5. Use The Right Products:
While shaving, make sure you use the right products, be it the razor or the shaving cream. Get a sharp razor and make sure you clean it properly after every shave. Change it as regularly as possible and check if the blades are eroded. While selecting a shaving cream, go for ones that contain ingredients that soothe skin, like aloe vera. They make the skin softer and can make the experience less irritating.