How To Shave Properly


Shaving is the beauty world´s most annoying activity or at least I think so. I wish I wasn´t such a coward and could wax or epilate my legs but that´s not really an option for me. The spots, redness and itchiness on the day after shaving come right after the fact that you have to shave every few days on the annoying scale. After quite a few years of shaving I finally found a routine that helps me with that. Well, I still have to shave every few days but at least my skin feels better now.

My first tip is kind of obvious, don´t shave too often. Especially now in autumn and winter when long  jeans and leggings are back, you really don´t need to shave every day. Not shaving every day saves you a lot of time and your skin will feel better. I´ve found that my skin feels much smoother and doesn´t itch as much when I only shave if I really need to. Also I feel like the hairs don´t grow back as fast. I know that isn´t correct from a scientific perspective but it´s how I perceive my own body. As general care for smooth legs, you should definitely use a scrub on a regular basis. How regular depends fully on your skin and what is good for it. I found that using a scrub once every two weeks works best for me. I love the Soap & Glory Body Scrubs and the one I currently use is Flake Away. Just an extra tip: always scrub before shaving cause otherwise it´ll burn like hell.


The most important thing about shaving is the razor and the blades that you use. I would never go for disposable razors. They are cheaper but their blades aren´t as sharp and they also produce a lot of waste. Instead, I would always advice everyone to get a refillable razor. Their blades are sharper and they often have a moisturizer around them that help you shave. They also look nicer. When looking for blades that go with your refillable razor choose the ones that have thin vertical wires on top of them. They help you not to cut yourself while shaving while still giving a pretty close shave. I´ve been using the Gilette Quattro with fitting blades for years now and I rarely ever cut myself. If you want to go for the best blades, you should find a razor that goes with men´s blades. For some weird reason those are sharper (those are shown in the picture). Additionally, you should really change your blades regularly to keep them sharp and not have them get all gross. Your skin will always tolerate a shave with a sharp blade more.

Let´s get on to the actual shaving progress. The best trick I´ve ever learnt was using a hair mask or conditioner instead of shaving cream. The mask/conditioner will soften your leg hair after a few minutes (just like it does with your usual hair) as well as make your razor glide easier. Soft hairs are easier to cut for the razor. I tend to just use a cheap hair mask. This one´s from Balea for shiny hair. While shaving you should always make short strokes instead of long ones. I was guilty of doing one long stroke upwards for years but since I changed it to a lot of quick, short strokes going upwards I have found an improvement. If you use short strokes, the chances of getting every hair are higher. That way you don´t have to go over the same area as much.


Always give your skin back some moisture that you stripped away with shaving. Right after shaving, I use the Nivea In Shower Body Moisturizer and wash it off. I hate putting on trousers after using body lotion as I never seem to get them on smoothly. The In Shower Moisturizers are way better for that part and take less time as you get it all done while being in the shower. The day after shaving I like to use a body lotion that has hydro-urea in it as this will moisturize your skin much more than the In Shower Moisturizers do. Maybe plan a few more minutes in though as such body lotions have a habit of being thicker and taking a bit more time to sink in. I really like the Garnier Body Hydralock Milk. Depending on how dry your skin usually is, you can use the body lotion as well in the following days.

With having said all of that, please bare in mind that every skin is different and what works perfectly for me, might not work for you. Personally, all of those tricks have helped me massively. It´s not the perfect solution yet as sometimes my legs still itch. I might have to try some other products but this routine will stay the same for some time. I rarely ever get spots or redness now and my legs feel smoother than ever. So if you struggle with your shaving routine, maybe try out some of my tips.


4 comments

  1. I love love love the Soap & Glory flake away scrub! It smells so delicious I could almost eat it :)

    love, lissyhayes.co.uk

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    1. I haven´t tried it eating it yet but I don´t think anyone should really try it. You´re right though, it smells amazing!
      xx

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  2. These tips are amazing! I'm rubbish when it comes to shaving and most of the time I just use soap without scrubbing or moisturising. Definitely need to use some of these tips for the future. I'm quite interested in trying conditioner instead of a shaving cream.

    Olivia x
    Beauty from the Fjord

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    1. Thank you. I started out using soap or shaving cream first and my legs didn´t like it at all. I was quite surprised with how well conditioner works. I just ran out of shaving cream one day and figured I´d use the one thing left in my shower.
      xx

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