1. Try to shave at night. Shaving removes dead skin cells and the
superficial layer of the epidermis. While this process is actually
healthy for your skin, it also reduces your skin's defenses for a
couple of hours. If you do shave in the morning, you are more likely to
expose weakened skin to external elements and your shaved skin will
feel less comfortable. Shaving at night will give your epidermis the
entire night to recover its strength and suppleness to resist
2. It is really important for your legs to be wet for at least a
couple of minutes before you start shaving. Apply hot water or shave
after showering. Warm humidity increases skin elasticity and softens
your hair. Hot water actually diminishes hair toughness, which can
increase blade longevity. Wet hair is easier to shave.
3. Use the best razor you can afford. Keep in mind that the duller
the blade the more irritated your skin will become. Change your blades
regularly, especially if you have sensitive skin. On sensitive areas,
such as the bikini and underarms, shaving with a dull blade can result
in red spots. Schick just introduced the new Schick Quattro for Women,
the world's first technologically advanced four-bladed women's razor.
4. Apply shaving cream or gel. Once your hair is softened, the razor
will glide more easily over skin, avoiding damage. Lather the cream/gel
with back and forth motions over the area you are going to shave. Leave
the cream/gel on your skin two minutes before shaving.
5. Go with the grain first. To prevent serious skin damage and razor
burn, always start to shave in the direction of the hair growth. Once
your have removed most of the hairs, you can finish the shave by
passing against the grain to get a closer shave. Draw your hand over
your skin to feel the direction of the hair growth. Although legs can
be the easiest to shave, remember to be careful on bony and folded
6. Shave underarms vertically. As hair grows almost straight in his area, you can shaver either upwards or downwards.
7. Use horizontal moves and short strokes when shaving bikini area.
Draw your hand over your skin to feel the direction of the hair growth.
Be careful to use short and even strokes to avoid passing too many
times over the same area.
8. If shaving creams/gels are too harsh for you, try a shower gel or
a hair conditioner instead and see if it works better for you.
9. Shave clean skin. Try not to shave any part of your body without
having your skin perfectly clean. This will help prevent infection or
10. Be sure to apply a soothing moisturizer over your freshly shaved
skin. If you find your skin is still irritated, try a topical
antibiotic like Neosporin or aloe vera gel. Both offer quick relief and
neutralize redness and itching.
11. Don't bother exfoliating your skin before shaving. If you rinse
your shaver after each stroke dead skin cells won't clog up your razor.
12. Change razors or cartridges on a regular basis. Always rinse
your shaver in hot running water. If you shave during bathing, simply
shaking the blade into the bathtub may be less productive and less