Shaving: Here’s Why You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

Posted January 29, 2016 by in Beauty

Shaving is something that men AND women do all the time. Whether it’s the face, or any other part of our anatomies, we all shave. If we didn’t, we’d all be rather hirsute!

It’s a shame that shaving is something of a taboo subject for women. The guys can openly talk about shaving as if they were discussing what to have for lunch. But, some women even find it hard to admit shaving to other females!

Regardless of gender, did you know that you are most likely shaving the wrong way? Sure, plenty of people will give you advice on how to shave. The trouble is; there’s so much advice, how do we know which of it is correct or not?

Today I thought I’d give you all the low-down on how to adopt the best shaving practices. Here is what you need to know:

Make sure you’re wide awake?

Did you have a good night’s sleep? If you haven’t, go back to bed and sleep some more!

One of the reasons people injure themselves while shaving is because they are sleepy! It’s important that you are wide awake before you start hacking away at your unwanted hair.

Have you opened those pores?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re shaving your face or some other part of your body. What does matter is that your skin pores are “open” before you begin.

The best way to make that happen is to have a shower first. The warm water will help to open up your pores. A shower is also useful if you’ve ignored or forgot my advice about being wide awake before shaving.

Are you using the right shaving gel, foam or soap?

There are a plethora of shaving products you can apply to your skin before you shave. It’s important that you use the right one for your needs. For instance, a gel for sensitive skin is best if you end up looking bright red whenever you shave.

One of the challenges of knowing how to shave like a pro is choosing the right products. You can only do this by experimenting; I’m afraid. But, the good news is you should have a fair idea of what “type” of skin product to use. Make sure you use the right after shaving product which may differ for different body parts. For instance, when deciding what to apply after shaving a woman face and eyebrows, make sure you choose chemical-free products and wait for a few minutes before using any makeup or facial creams to avoid skin irritation and inflammation.

Do you shave against or with the grain?

Did you know that you should be doing both? First of all, you need to wet the area with warm water and then shave against the grain. Next, apply some more gel, foam or soap and shave with the grain!

Following the right order is crucial to avoid shaving rashes and pain. Especially if you’re shaving near a “sensitive” part of your anatomy!

Do you rinse with warm or cold water?

Once you’ve shaved, you will need to rinse the area with water. Trouble is; some folks don’t know whether to use hot, warm or cold water!

The expert way is by using warm water first. This cleans the area but keeps your pores open. Next, rinse again with cold water. The second part of that stage closes those pores.

What are your shaving tips? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Petite Maison of Fashion January 31, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    I didn’t know you had to shave against and with the grain!