Whether you are a seasoned shaver or someone who is just starting out with it -- some burning questions need answering regardless. Shaving is one of the most common ways used by women to get rid of unwanted hair. It is definitely one of the easiest methods, but is it practical and safe? Read on to have your most pressing queries about shaving, answered!
- Can I shave my face?
- How do I avoid ingrown hair?
- How do I make my shave last longer?
- How do I get rid of irritation?
- How often do I change the blade?
- How do I avoid underarm darkening from shaving?
- Can I shave my bikini region with a razor?
- How to get rid of razor burns after shaving?
Can I shave my face?
Yes, and in fact, a lot of women do!
While you can shave your face without any harm, it might not give you the result you are looking for. Shaving with a razor might provide you with an unwanted stubble after a couple of days, whereas procedures like dermaplaning (done by a cosmetologist) will get rid of hair from the roots. Look for alternative hair removal methods for your face. If you do want to do it anyway, always use a new blade and sterilise it before use.
How do I avoid ingrown hair?
Shaving often can lead to ingrown hair if done incorrectly. Ingrown hair is nothing but the strands that have curled and gown back into the skin. It causes annoying red and itchy spots. Exfoliate often to get rid of them. Always shave in the opposite direction of hair growth. You should also consider investing in foamy shaving cream and follow up with the hydrating moisturiser such as Dove Restoring Ritual Body lotion to soothe the skin.
How do I make my shave last longer?
While shaving is not a permanent option for hair removal, there are ways of making sure your hair doesn’t grow back faster. Prep the area of your body first by washing it with warm water and then soaking it with a moist towel for a couple of minutes. You can also steam the area for 5-7 minutes for better results. This action opens up your pores and gives a closer shave as compared to an unprepared skin.
How do I get rid of irritation?
Post-shave irritation is common and can happen if you have sensitive skin or applied too much pressure with the blade. Always use a deeply lathering shaving cream for a shave and avoid going over the same patch of skin more than a couple of times. Follow up your shaving with the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Fresh Body Lotion to calm the redness and irritation.
How often do I change the blade?
Unless you are using an electric shaver or an epilator, it is advised to change the blade on your razor after every three shaves. If you feel the blade pulling on your hair rather than slicing it; it’s time or a change!
How do I avoid underarm darkening from shaving?
The most straightforward answer is: you can’t. While you can steer clear of most issues by shaving your body, your underarms are a different ball game. Shaving under your armpits causes inflammation, and the repeated friction leads to discolouration and pigmentation. Switch to other hair removal techniques and start using a gentle deodorant that also offers skin lightening benefits.
Can I shave my bikini region with a razor?
Absolutely not! Not even in an emergency would we advise to take the razor to your bikini region. Not only can shaving down there lead to nasty infections, but the hair regrowth process is also a painful and pricky mess. Opt for either a Brazilian wax or other permanent hair removal solutions if you are inclined to go smooth. Otherwise, being natural is our recommendation to stay infection free!
How to get rid of razor burns after shaving?
Razor burns are the big red dots you get on your skin post a close shave. Get rid of them by moisturising the areas, applying a cold compress and using simple anti-inflammatory products like the Lakme Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel to calm and soothe the skin.