Top 10 Tips for a Better Shave
Now, shaving might be something that you do on a regular basis (although the Tropika Team here would like to recommend hair removal if you have not tried it before – it’s so convenient!), you might not be doing it the right way, and as a result causing issues such as ingrown hairs, shaving burns and other discomfort associated with shaving. This quick shaving guide by Tropika Club shares the insiders’ tips on how to achieve a better shave.
Table of Contents
- 1. Never Dry Shave
- 2. Exfoliate before Shaving
- 3. Choose Cold Water over Warm Water
- 4. Ditch the Soap for the Shaving Cream or Foam
- 5. Ladies, Avoid Using Men’s Shaver!
- 6. Focus on the Direction of the Hair Growth
- 7. Close Your Pores before Shaving
- 8. Will Hair Regrow Thicker? Probably Not
- 9. Always Protect Your Skin from the Sun
- 10. Replace Your Shavers Regularly
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1. Never Dry Shave
Dry shaving increases the risk of cuts and irritation. It also keeps you from taking advantage of one of shaving’s benefits: exfoliation. You are going to get a more effective exfoliation in case you soften your skin first, which is why she urges shaving close to the end of your bath or shower time. She says that your skin requires a minimum of 10 minutes from the warm water to soften satisfactorily. Dry shaving results in fewer nicks and cuts than wet shaving. This is because the blade of an electric shaver doesn’t actually come into contact with the skin and therefore can’t cut you.
Wet shaving and wet shaving products were created to lubricate the skin for a seamless shave. Not only do these products prep your skin for your razor, but they can also help to prevent any nicks, cuts, and friction burn. Neglecting to shave with water and the proper products can make it more likely that you cut yourself.
2. Exfoliate before Shaving
Don’t forget you can use classic exfoliation products such as loofahs and bath scrubs before shaving. Exfoliating first helps keep the razor from getting overloaded with dead skin cells, which reduces its efficiency. So what should you use to exfoliate before shaving? Pass on the harsh scrubs this time. Since shaving can cause micro-cuts in the skin, physical exfoliators are much too abrasive to use in conjunction with shaving. Instead, opt for a gentler chemical exfoliator. Using an exfoliator a couple of days after you shave too will remove dead skin and make it easier for the hair to come through – meaning you’ll be less likely to get ingrown hairs.
3. Choose Cold Water over Warm Water
If you prefer a hot shower or tub water, be sure you cool down the temperature a little before shaving. Your skin may become overly soft and therefore more vulnerable to cuts if it is in hot water too long. Consequently, most men say that cold water results into a better and cleaner shave. Cold water tends to be better for the skin. Warm water tends to dry out your skin and makes it puffy. Enthusiasts who are shaving with cold water also report that their skin feels smoother and more moisturized as pores stay “closed”. Cold water gives a better shave. The argument here is that a soft beard is hard to shave, while a stiff beard is easier to cut. Hot water makes your beard soft; cold water keeps the whiskers stiff. Thus, cold water renders a better shave.
4. Ditch the Soap for the Shaving Cream or Foam
Lots of men and women think soap and water give a fantastic lubricant for helping the razor glide along the skin, but it might have an astringent effect, resulting in dry, flaky skin after drying. Instead, use a foam or gel formulated specifically for shaving or perhaps hair conditioner or body oil — to help the razor glide along more readily. And these products will keep your skin soft and supple nicely after you dry off it.
5. Ladies, Avoid Using Men’s Shaver!
Women can use a man’s shaving gel or foam, but it is not a fantastic idea to use his shaver or razor. Men’s razors are designed for the hair growth characteristics of a person’s beard. Use a razor created particularly for girls as they’re intended to work in body hair and its specific growth pattern. The same holds for men — avoid using your lady’s razor if yours is becoming dull.
6. Focus on the Direction of the Hair Growth
Pay attention to the direction of hair growth. For instance, the hair will grow downward on the thighs. Shave up to get the most rapid results. When it comes to underarm hair, try first to shave up to acquire the exposed rotating shaft, and then reverse direction to get the root.
7. Close Your Pores before Shaving
The warm water of a bath or shower opens skin pores. You may want to employ a hydrating moisturiser immediately after drying off to prevent flakiness and drying out. Should you use self-tanning lotion, this is the opportunity to use it. The procedure for wax hair removal leaves pores open. If you then apply self-tanning cream, then the product can enter the pores and provide you with a freckled look as opposed to a smooth tan.
Before you shave, make sure that your pores are open. If you don’t do this, you’re opening the door to irritated skin and even ingrown hairs. The best way to open up the pores is with a shower, which is why most men tend to shave in the morning. The warm water of a shower or bath opens skin pores. After you shave, rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove all traces of foam. Then rinse with cold water to close the pores. You may want to apply a hydrating moisturizer immediately after drying off to prevent flakiness and drying
8. Will Hair Regrow Thicker? Probably Not
Ignore myths about thicker hair regrowth. Stories abound that shaving stimulates hair growth and causes it to return thicker and faster than ever before. This just is not true. Hair may seem thicker when growing back in after a shave, but it is just an illusion. New growth of about an inch per month is ordinary. Hair growth rate and volume is controlled from within your body and doesn’t have anything to do with all the external action of shaving.
9. Always Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Use sunscreen at all times, not only when lounging on the beach or pool. After shaving, your skin becomes more sensitive, and the sun’s harmful rays can cause more significant harm than ever. Ideally, you must wait 24 hours before exposing freshly shaved skin to extended periods in the sun. Or better still, avoid the sun as much as you can (special recommendation from the Tropika Club team). When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, don’t think about ditching your razor just yet. In fact, while it may seem like shaving can increase your chances of a sunburn, that old beauty myth just simply isn’t true. Your freshly shaven legs will receive just as much sun exposure as hairy ones.
10. Replace Your Shavers Regularly
If you discover an accumulation of gunk or waste in your razor, don’t try to wash it out using a brush or other instrument. If the waste does not rinse out easily using a stream of water, this is the first indication that you have to replace your razor. Even if it cuts well, a razor with affected waste can introduce bacteria into open cuts or pores and lead to an infection.
If you use an electric shaver:
- Shake hair out of the shaver regularly. After removing the shaver head, tap the body with your finger to shake out loose hairs.
- Clean your shaver thoroughly once a week. Daily maintenance doesn’t need to go beyond shaking out loose hairs.
- Replace all cutting parts every 18-24 months.
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