If you've got a low pain threshold and want the instant feeling of silky-smooth legs, shaving is the best form of hair removal for you. Cost-effective, quick and designed for minimal irritation to those with sensitive skin, it may be something you think you know everything about, but there are a few quick hints that will help you get the most out of your razor and get the closest shave yet.
- Always shave on clean, wet skin. Dry shaving causes redness and irritation and skin should be free from oil and impurities before you start.
- Shave last. Water helps to plump and soften the hair, making it easier to shave so check everything else off of your showering to-do list before you bust out the razor.
- Look for wire-wrapped blades to help reduce cuts and nicks as you shave. Try: Schick Xtreme3 Sensitive Razor ($4.99).
- Don't be too heavy-handed. Razors are designed to give a close shave so there's no need to push them into the skin and drag the razor along, you'll only irritate the skin and increase the risk of cuts.
- Shave against the grain. Going against the direction of hair growth will provide a closer shave.
- Pull the skin taut when shaving tricky areas such as underarms and bikini line and bend your knees slightly to help the razor navigate around the contours of your body.
- If you feel that your razor is pulling or has a "scratchy" feel then change the blade. A sharp, fresh blade is key to a smooth shave.
- Avoid moisturisers or anti-perspirants for at least 30 minutes after shaving, especially if they contain any alcohol. Skin is super sensitive straight after shaving so you don't want to apply anything to freshly-shaved skin that will irritate or inflame it.
- The same goes for salt water and chlorine. Both are a no no straight after shaving, in fact it's best to leave 24 hours between shaving and taking a dip.