Shaving is one of those necessities that's annoying to keep up on and takes time--for lazy girls, it's the worst! To make the most of your shave and reduce any more irritating (literally) aspects, knowing a few shaving hacks might make it more bearable! Keep reading on tips for a smooth and easy shave that will be totally worth it!
1. Exfoliate before You Shave 💎
Before you even reach for the razor, use a body scrub to exfoliate your legs! It will scuff off any dead skin that clogs pores, causes razor burn and bumps, and dulls your razor blade. Your shave will be much smoother and closer if you exfoliate before! Remember not to exfoliate right after you shave though...ouch!
2. Frequently Change Your Razor Blades 🔪
Every 5-10 shaves you should discard your razor blades. Dull, rusted blades are prone to bacteria, making your shave a bumpy, irritated mess! And you don't want a bacteria-laden blade nicking your legs (or anything else!). For a smooth shave, dispose of your razors when they become dull.
3. Try Conditioner Instead of Shaving Cream!🙆🏼
In a pinch, conditioner is a great substitute for shaving cream! It leaves your legs ultra soft and is ideal for softening your bikini line before shaving. Of course, no one wants to waste conditioner when it's expensive! A cheap, organic bottle will do. Be sure to rinse your razor well though because conditioner builds up a film on your razor blade, causing it to dull that much faster.
4. Use a Men's Razor for a Bikini Shave 👨🏾
If you can get away with stealing your bf's razor, then do it! (Actually, go buy one instead--much more sanitary!) Men's razors are designed for coarse hair and allow for a much closer shave. So, they are perfect for your bikini line!
5. Hydrocortisone Cream for Razor Burn 🔥💦
If you do get irritated skin, red bumps and razor burn, don't panic. As unsightly as it may seem, especially during the summer months, a little TLC will ease your discomfort. First, apply ice to the affected area to bring down redness and irritation. Then apply hydrocortisone cream, which is idea for healing and soothing rashes!
6. Moisturize Immediately after! 🛁🚿💦
Any time you shave and/or exfoliate your skin, it gets depleted of moisture. Right after you get done showing or taking a warm bath, you need to moisturize your skin! Otherwise your skin will become dry, flaky, itchy and irritated. And actually, if you apply lotion to damp skin, it absorbs moisture much better!
7. Try Aloe to Soothe Irritated Skin 🌿
Aloe Vera is an amazing, natural remedy for many skin conditions. I love it most for irritated, inflamed skin though! If you have sensitive skin especially, aloe is incredibly gentle and totally natural (directly from the plant). Apply it anywhere that feels irritated, particularly on shaving bumps and rashes!
Shaving doesn't have to be a dreaded activity, especially when you make it relaxing! Plan your shave around a relaxing bubble bath, these hacks, and wine--everything is better with a little wine. 😉