7 Top Tips to Avoid Painful Shaving Nicks ...

Every girl who shaves needs effective tips to avoid shaving nicks, don't they? It's not just me, right? In summer, especially, shaving is a must – for those women who don't enjoy waxing or using depilatory creams, I mean. I always choose to shave because I get OCD about stubble, but those nicks kill me! They're not attractive but, more to the point, they hurt! If you're eager to show off your silky smooth gams but want to avoid all those icky cuts, I've got some fabulous tips to avoid shaving nicks that will keep you from reaching for the band-aids!

1. Use the Right Razor

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Choosing the right razor is one of the most important tips to avoid shaving nicks. Don't ever use an old razor that you've had in the shower forever. Keep an eye out for rust. Don't scrimp on your razor either. I know disposable razors can get expensive, but it's worth it to choose something with a moisturizing strip. Also, while it's tempting to choose a men's razor because of all those extra blades, they're not right for your skin. Pick a razor for you – but no, it doesn't have to be pink!

2. Exfoliate Your Legs

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Exfoliation always helps with shaving. It gets rid of any dry, dead skin cells and debris that could clog your razor and lead to shaving cuts. A smooth surface paves the way for a smooth shave, so exfoliate your legs with a good scrub before shaving. Just make sure you choose something that works for your skin so you don't irritate it.

3. Wait until the End

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You should wait until the end of your shower to shave if you want to avoid any nicks. You can even soak in the tub first if you like. Make the water warm but not scalding hot. Waiting gives your skin time to get soft, plus it softens the hair as well. You also give your skin time to get used to the water, so you won't have to try and shave over any goosebumps – because shaving over those is just asking for trouble.

4. A Little Oil Never Hurts

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Before you shave, apply some skin oil to your legs. You don't need a lot, you just want to create a barrier between your skin and the razor (but yes, you'll be using a shaving agent too – wait a sec!). The oil makes it easier for your razor to slide smoothly because it moisturizes your legs. You'll also be less likely to suffer from any painful razor burn.

5. Say No to Soap

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Now you're ready to lather up! However, I don't mean that literally. If you generally use your body wash or soap to shave, you're not alone. I do it too, but we both need to stop. Shaving with soap dries out your skin and increases your risk of nicks and cuts. Instead, go with a shave gel or a cream meant to moisturize. If you like to see what you're shaving, there are transparent options available, or you can go with a thicker, opaque cream. Just make sure it's not too thick!

6. Let the Razor do the Work

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Twisting around and pressing down on the razor as you shave all lead to nicks. You don't have to do that, just let your razor do the work. Hold it lightly and shave straight up and down. If you have to shave at an angle over some areas, just be careful – and don't press down, no matter what. Think back and you'll realize that's generally when you tend to cut yourself.

7. Slow and Steady Wins the Shave

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Don't shave in a hurry either. Even if you're in a rush, remember that it only takes a few minutes to shave. It won't take forever even when you take it slow. Use long, slow strokes from your ankle up toward your knee and don't make any quick, sudden movements with your wrist. That leads to cuts!

If shaving is your preferred method, you don't have to turn to other hair removal techniques just to avoid those cuts and nicks. All you have to do is take some time, prep your skin, and shave carefully. Are you a razor girl, a wax fanatic, or do you prep yourself for short-shorts using Nair?

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