Change Your Razor
Too sharp a blade can shave you too closely causing a rash. Too blunt a blade will cause mis cut whiskers. Just in between is right. Change you blade or disposable razor every 5 or 6 shaves. Never shave with an old blade as it will have accumulated bacteria or even rust microscopically hidden amongst the blades.
Shave After Showering
Whiskers and hair absorb water. The more saturated they are, the easier the hairs are to cut. Thick human hair will absorb up to 17 times their own weight in water….which takes time. Showering before shaving gives hair the chance to fully absorb water to create maximum saturation allowing easier shaving.
Avoid Using Soap Based Shaving Products.
Soap based products contain potassium hydroxide (a similar product to the ashes from burnt wood) and caustic soda (a product commonly used to clean blocked drains) When these two products are added to animal fat they create a reaction called saponification, which is the soap sudsing effect. They are highly alkaline with pH’s of 12 to 14. While you may not be able to feel it, both start burning the top layer of your skin the moment you apply soap to any part of your body. This is the cause of skin redness. Most women never wash their face with soap because it’s too harsh, so why use it on your legs? Fast Shave Gel has a pH the same as your skin, pH 6.5 If you prefer a cream Fast Brush-less Shave Lather is a soap free, sorbolene based shave cream containing shea butter. It has a pH of 8
Blade Direction When Shaving
Always shave toward the direction the hair is growing. This will minimise damage to the hair follicle, reducing the possibility of infection. Be careful, not all hairs grow in the same direction. Feel the hairs direction with your hand before shaving.
When you shave you are removing the top layer of skin along with whiskers and hair. The skin understands it is being damaged. Blood flows to the area of the skin the body believes is being injured in an attempt to heal the wound. Blood vessels dilate creating redness. Every time you shave your legs or under your arms you are creating minor trauma to the skin which the body tries to heal. Shaving smoothly and slowly will create the least damage to the top layer of the skin and minimise redness.
Electric razors suit many people but can create their own form of skin irritation. Their motors generate heat and then friction is created across the skin from the continual movement of the razor. Both combine to create a heat rash.
After shaving your underarms, be careful applying deodorant and antiperspirants. Some deodorants and antiperspirants can cause extreme skin complaints when applied to skin which has been broken or irritated by shaving.
A Word Of Warning About Using ‘His’ Razor
How does your husband or boyfriend always seem to know when you have used his razor? After all, the hairs on your legs and under your arms are so fine compared to his thick facial whiskers, surely they wouldn’t blunt his razor. Skin as well as hair blunts razors. Compare the area of skin on your legs to his face. Shaving your legs and underarms can be the equivalent of one week’s facial shaving for a man.
Ladies, happy shaving.