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Women’s Shaving Practices

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Introduction 

Sometimes shaving can feel like a chore, and getting around to it can feel like an uphill battle. However, it needs to be done and we’re here to give you the lowdown on all things shaving! If you’re tired of nicks, cuts, and subpar shaves, keep reading. After all, being able to give yourself a stress-free shaving experience is something that’s worth putting in the effort for. Dive into the world of women’s shaving as we guide you on your journey to discovering what’s best for your skin. We’ll show you how to avoid common pitfalls and break down the essentials you need to make shaving a hassle-free and therapeutic experience! 

Women’s Shaving Trends

Women’s shaving practices are evolving, with trends and preferences varying widely based on individual needs and lifestyle factors. Multi-blade razors are a popular choice among women, most likely for their ability to provide a closer shave. Innovative ergonomic designs make them great for shaving areas like the legs, underarms and bikini line. Furthermore, shaving creams and gels that are formulated with moisturizing ingredients are becoming increasingly popular. 

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There’s a growing movement towards body hair acceptance and natural beauty.

On the other hand, there’s a growing movement towards body hair acceptance and natural beauty. Many women are choosing to forgo traditional shaving altogether, embracing their natural body hair as a statement of personal choice and body positivity.

How To Avoid Common Shaving Issues

Many women tend to fall into the same entrapments which can make shaving a harrowing process. It’s important to avoid common mistakes in order for grooming to be something you enjoy, not something that you avoid at all costs. 

1. Ingrown Hairs

When hairs grow back into the skin instead of up and out, we get ingrown hairs. They often lead to itchy, sometimes even painful bumps which can cause discomfort. However, they are not a given with shaving and can be avoided by shaving with the grain, and using a gentle exfoliator before shaving. This keeps your pores clear and removes dead skin cells. Additionally, you should replace your blades regularly and keep your razor sharp! A sharp razor prevents the blades tugging on your hair and helps to reduce the development of ingrown hairs. 

2. Strawberry Bumps

Strawberry bumps appear as small red bumps on the skin and are also commonly known as razor burn. Usually they are caused by blocked pores and irritation on the skin. You can avoid them by using a clean, sharp razor that is free from debris and dirt that might cause an infection. They can also be avoided by reducing friction with a high-quality shaving foam or gel and by using a soothing, fragrance-free moisturizer post-shave to calm the skin and reduce redness.

3. Using The Wrong Products For Your Skin Type

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The right shaving products will make a world of difference in your shaving routine!

Just as using the right products for your skin can elevate your shaving routines, using the wrong ones can also set you back. Avoid products that contain potentially harsh ingredients like synthetic fragrances and alcohol, because certain ingredients may strip away your skin’s natural moisture, leading to irritation and redness. Moisture is the key to a safer, smoother-shave and anybody who’s tried to apply a razor to dry skin can attest to this! 

4. The Art of Taking It Slow

Many people tend to rush their shaving routine, and it makes sense because life does get busy. However, taking your time on your shaving routine should be made a priority. When we rush, we don’t tend to do a thorough job, and this means we’ll have to come back at a later stage to fix the job anyways. Take your time while shaving and make it part of your weekly/daily self-care routine!

5. Avoid Over-Shaving

Finally, avoid over-shaving (i.e. cutting over the same spot over and over), especially on dry skin. If you need to go over a certain area twice, always apply more shaving cream or gel, because there is no limit to how much you can use during shaving. You should never apply a razor to dry skin, never! The most important thing to do is listen to your skin, if you feel any discomfort, try changing the angle, apply more product or give that area a break for the time being. 

Shaving the Bikini Area: Tips for a Smooth and Safe Shave

Getting a smooth, clean shave on your bikini line can be tricky as this area of the body is extremely sensitive. The bikini line is also more prone to ingrown hairs and the development of those dreaded strawberry bumps. However, armed with the right tricks and products, shaving the bikini area doesn’t need to feel like a stressful situation, and it can be done smoothly and safely by following these tips!

#1 – Prep Your Skin!

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Clean, freshly washed skin is the best to shave.

Making sure that your skin is ready for your razor, before you even pick it up, can make a huge difference to your routine. Wash your skin or area of your body with warm water before you start shaving. This gives you a clean canvas to work on, and the warm water helps to open up your pores and soften your hairs, making them easier to trim or remove. 

You can also opt for an exfoliator to help remove dead skin cells and reduce the risk of developing in-grown hairs and bumps. Look for a gentle exfoliator with natural ingredients like sugar or salt scrubs. Avoid harsh exfoliants that can irritate sensitive skin.

#2 – Choose Products For You!

You may have heard that choosing the right shaving products is critical for ensuring the best shave possible. Thouigh, what does this actually mean? It means that you should be choosing shaving products that are specially formulated for your own skin type and unique needs. Your bikini line is a highly sensitive area on your body. When you’re shaving your bikini line, you need products that take this sensitivity into account. 

A good shaving gel or cream that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin is a great option for the bikini line. Additionally, keep an eye out for products that are free of harsh chemicals, fragrances, and alcohol. Ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and vitamin E are beneficial for soothing and moisturizing the bikini line, and providing you with a stress-free shaving experience. Finally, use a high-quality razor with multiple blades and a pivoting head to follow the contours of your body. Razors with a moisturizing strip containing ingredients like shea butter or aloe can provide additional hydration and reduce irritation.

#3 – Technique Is Everything! 

Now that your skin is prepped, and you’ve chosen the right shaving products for your bikini line, the only thing left is to perfect your technique! When shaving the bikini line, you should aim to glide over your skin when shaving, using short, light strokes and avoid pressing down too hard on the razor. Use a sharp, clean razor and shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain). Remember that applying too much pressure on the razor may cause the blade to cut into your skin. 

We also highly recommend rinsing your razor frequently during shaving, as this creates a cleaner, closer, smoother shave. Hair, shaving product and other dirt can accumulate in the razor head, causing it to blunt and making shaving the bikini line a difficult affair. If necessary, you can make a second pass against the direction of hair growth (against the grain) for a closer shave. However, this can increase the risk of irritation, so proceed with caution and use gentle strokes.

#4 – Post-Shave Skincare 

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Moisture is the key to post-shave skincare!

In order to prevent irritation, bumps and in-grown hairs from forming. It’s not just about the ‘before’ aspect but also significantly about the ‘after’. Using cold water to rinse your skin post-shave can help close your pores and also help to reduce inflammation on your skin. Rubbing your skin dry with a towel can also cause irritation. You should rather pat your skin dry after shaving. When we rub towels on our skin, this causes friction. In turn, this can lead to moisture-loss and redness. 

If you do happen to nick, or cut yourself while shaving your bikini line, don’t wait for the bleeding to stop on it’s own. Apply a small amount of antiseptic to the cuts to prevent bacterial infections and styptic pencils can also be applied to cuts to help stop any minor bleeding. Finally, Your skin needs moisture post-shave, and you can easily hydrate your skin with a moisturizer of your choice. Just make sure that it’s alcohol-free and suited for your skin type. 

Conclusion

Shaving doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore or a source of frustration. With the right knowledge, products, and techniques, you can transform your shaving routine into a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remember, proper preparation and post-shave care are essential to maintaining healthy skin. By taking the time to care for your skin before, during, and after shaving, you can enjoy a comfortable and effective shave every time. Happy shaving!