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Last Updated on August 6, 2019

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 February 25, 2020

Face Adversity with a Smile

Face Adversity with a Smile

I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking.

The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

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