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Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips for Women

Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips for Women

If you love a relatively hairless body like I do, that means you’ll perform some means of hair removal on your legs, armpits – and other unmentionable places – at least once per day.

Of course, one of the cheapest and easiest ways to do away with those unsightly hairs is to shave them off, but before you grab a razor and go to town, follow these 25 shaving tips to help the process go smoothly:

1. Exfoliate first to lift the hairs and prepare for a better shave

Exfoliating before shaving is one important preparation step that can help get rid of dead skin cells so they won’t gunk up your razor and hinder a close shave. You can even use portable sonic face cleansing brushes to exfoliate your legs and get a good scrub before taking a razor to your gams.

2. Redefine the meaning of the word shave: try other means of getting hairless legs and pits

Simply because we were raised with the idea that the only way to get rid of hair was via razors or Nair, we can change that logic. Explore other hair removal options, like waxing or threading.

3. Buy a fresh razor after three uses

If you decide to go the disposable razor route, remember to “dispose” of them as often as you can, aiming to use each one for no more than three shaves.

4. Use hair conditioner as a replacement for shaving cream when in a pinch

Slather dollops of hair conditioner or other supple lotions you have on hand onto your body to keep the razor sliding smoothly.

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5. Shave downward, then upwards

We’ve heard it time and time again: Shave with the grain. But honestly, who really does that? Most of us jump in the tub or shower and shave our legs in an upward direction. That’s fine for those who don’t have sensitive skin. For those that do, experts suggest shaving downward first and then upward – if the upward direction close shave doesn’t cause problems.

6. Take it easy when using a fresh, sharp blade

When you begin buying all those new razors, make sure to use a gentle hand with a sharp blade in order to prevent nicks and cuts.

7. Challenge the experts: try a dry shave to see how your skin reacts

You’ll also hear the mantra often: Never shave dry skin! My mother, however, used to shave her underarms when they were completely dry, and her pits looked cleaner than mine. The lesson is that different methods might work for different people, so don’t be afraid to try things that pundits claim don’t work.

8. Never slide a blade sideways against your skin

While the direction of upward or downward shaving causes controversy, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do with a razor, and that’s slide it sideways across your skin. That is, unless you want painful cuts.

9. Steer clear of sores and wounds

Ensure you shave around any existing scars that haven’t yet healed in order to prevent further injury.

10. Bend those knees to get a close shave

Sitting down in the bathtub and bending your knees is one way to stretch out your skin and get a smoother shave around all those patella nooks and crannies.

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11. Keep the plastic cover on your razors when not in use

There’s a reason that razors come equipped with those protective covers atop each one. Keeping them in place when you’re not using the razors can help keep the blades free from debris that would interfere with a shave.

12. Don’t be afraid to try shaving products designed for men

If you check sites like Amazon or Ulta, you’ll see that men have some pretty cool shaving products, with thick creams and such. Even though these treatments might be designed for beards, they can work well for women, too.

13. Keep it simple, shaving sisters: try five blades for less pulling and tugging

Single blades are old school, so we’ve heard. These days, you’ll find “curve-hugging” five-bladed razors for women that could seriously help smooth out your next shave.

14. Go old-school on your legs: Try a safety razor

Savvy Housekeeping reports that using safety razors not only can save you money on blades, but they can help prevent ingrown hairs and razor rash.[1]

15. Do it daily, or as often as your hair growth dictates

The more often you shave, the better you’ll become at shaving your specific curves and nuances. Shaving is an art whereby practice makes perfect.

16. Treat dark armpits with natural ingredients

Cucumbers, potato slices and lemon juice rubbed on armpits that have been darkened due to shaving can help to naturally lighten the area. Or you can choose to stop shaving your pits – which can cause thick hair beneath the skin – and begin waxing them to pull out hair from the roots.

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17. Use after-shaving treatments

Treat shaving irritation with after-shave solutions like baby oil, cold compresses, aloe vera gel and honey.

18. Create homemade shaving creams

In the same way you can use sugar to exfoliate your legs and body, a homemade shaving cream can be made with ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils like jojoba, rosemary or peppermint.

19. Put shaving supplies everywhere

Make it easy and stock up on razors and refill cartridges so you can have them available at the ready. I tend to keep razors in all my bathrooms as well as my gym bag – and sometimes in my purse, just to have them there when I need them.

20. Go beyond the underarm

Instead of shaving the small area literally under your arm, glide your razor higher and lower beyond the armpit if hair is growing in that area as well.

21. Pull your skin

As long as it doesn’t irritate your skin, attempt to pull looser or flappy skin taut in order to help the blade move across it easier.

22. Use short strokes

Especially when shaving tight and awkward areas like the knees, use careful short strokes to help avoid slicing yourself.

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23. Try razors with moisturizing strips

As an extra step of moisturizing, utilize razors that come equipped with aloe strips atop the blade for more protection from razor burn.

24. Ditch the soap for shaving!

Soap can be way too drying to use as a daily shaving solution, so only use it as a last resort – or if it’s specifically designed as a lathering soap for shaving.

25. Go for the gusto and try something permanent

If you’re really ready to do away with certain problems that come with shaving, such as razor bumps, ingrown hairs, plus darkened and irritated skin – try laser hair removal. Sure, it might cost quite a bit; however, diligent users report that laser hair removal can make your skin smoother, more even in tone and softer. It can take time and money to get the treatments done, but so does shaving.

Featured photo credit: Mel Poole via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Savy Housekeeping: The Safety Razor

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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