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Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips Every Woman Should Know

Beauty Hacks: 25 Smooth Shaving Tips Every Woman Should Know

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

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    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

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

      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

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        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.

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        10. Bend those knees to get a close shave

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          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.

          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

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            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

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              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.

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              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.

              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.

              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

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                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.

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                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.

                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: IMG_0099F.jpg by aleks via mrg.bz

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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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