ROUGH, BUMPY AND RED
These are three words we never want to use to describe our legs, but most of the time we find ourselves acquainted with this painful trio of symptoms after we shave. So how is that the women in those commercials touting shaving cream or razors always have the smoothest legs? Is it false advertising or have we been doing it wrongly? Before we give up shaving, here’s some tips I’ve learnt:
1. USE SHAVING GELS
Foams have too much air in them which doesn’t protect our skin. And if you’re prone to sensitivity, bumps and ingrown hair, and switch from a foam to a gel to avoid irritations. You can purchase any off-the-shelf gel cleanser which create smooth glide to provide you a protective barrier between the razor and the skin. Try using BIORE Gel Cleanser (S$9.70), which serves as both a wash and a shave gel.
2. USING TOO LITTLE PRODUCT
Remember how the guys shave their face? Using too little product can cause irritation due to friction on your skin and with too much on the razor may clog your pores. So, squeeze just enough product to smear a layer on your skin and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to really soften skin which makes shaving easier.
3. CHANGE THOSE BLADES
If bumps are a common issue you face, be sure to switch out your dull razor blades with a fresh, new one. Dull blades no longer cleanly cut the hair, but rather tug and pull, which can cause discomfort, skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and stubble.
4. EXFOLIATE YOU SKIN
To get the smoothest shave possible, be sure to exfoliate frequently. Dry and flaky skin makes it difficult to achieve a clean, close shave. Look for an exfoliating cloth to use in place of your loofah or use a body scrub in place of your body wash a few times a week. You need to be sure to be gentle while exfoliating since being too rough can cause irritation when coupled with shaving.
5. MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN
As mentioned, dry skin can become irritated more easily than moisturized skin, and skin that is irritated is more prone to ingrown hairs and redness. It really is a vicious cycle. To combat this, use a lightweight lotion or body oil after you shower. Coconut oil will be your safe bet since it provides “anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits to repair and soothe the skin.”
SHAVE YOUR WAY TO SMOOTH SKIN THIS FESTIVE!