Top 6 Shaving Tips for Softer, Smoother Skin – LifeSavvy


Warmer weather means more shaving for most women, but are you tired of dry, itchy, bumpy skin afterward? With just a few simple tips and tools, you can save your skin and improve your bikini or swimsuit look.

Shaving is one of those things most of us try to do with ease. Unfortunately, a rushed approach can cost your skin dearly. However, that doesn’t mean you have to adopt an elaborate routine or buy a ton of expensive products. This list of easy-to-follow tips will help you get a close, smooth shave every time.

Avoid dry shaving and exfoliate

A woman washes her leg with a sponge in the shower.

It’s tempting to quickly run your razor over your skin using only water from the shower, but don’t! It’s a surefire way to irritate your skin, and you won’t even get a close shave.

Plus, it’s a good idea to make shaving the last step in your shower routine. At this point, the hot water will have softened and relaxed your skin, making it easier to get a close and smooth shave.

If you want extra-soft skin (yes, please!), make exfoliation a regular part of your skincare and bodycare routine. When you exfoliate before you shave, it removes dead skin cells from the surface. This way you can get a smoother, closer shave, rather than a bumpy shave with cuts and nicks.

It’s also a good idea to avoid grittier exfoliating scrubs, as these formulas combined with running a razor over your skin could cause irritation.

Instead, opt for a milder product, like CeraVe SA Body Wash. It contains salicylic acid, which is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) which gently exfoliates your skin without causing irritation.

Use a multi-blade razor

Close-up of a pink multi-blade razor;  two women wearing swimsuits

A basic disposable razor usually only has one blade, which means it’s harder to get to those tricky places. They also don’t follow the contours of your skin. A better blade means you can get a closer shave with less pressure, leaving you with smoother skin and fewer nicks.

For best results, look for a razor with multiple blades and an ergonomic, streamlined design. These features make it easier for you to shave and are also better for your skin. Bonus points for any detachable head razor because you don’t have to throw it all away every time!

One option that offers all of this and more is the Billie Razor Starter Kit. The razor has a five-blade head for the best shave, with a “cushion” of shaving soap surrounding the blades for an extra-smooth glide and gentleness on the skin.

The kit comes with the Magic Holder, a spare head and two spare blade cartridges. The handle has a non-slip and secure grip.

Use shaving cream, not soap

A woman shaving her leg with Aveeno shaving gel.

Using your regular soap or body wash when you shave is fine if you’ve run out of it or are cutting costs. However, soap’s impurity-removing properties can also dry out and irritate your skin.

As you may have guessed, this is exactly what you don’t want when you run a blade over your skin! If you don’t have one shaving creama mild facial cleanser or even conditioner will do the trick.

You don’t have to break the bank on a fancy product just to shave. If you don’t like shaving cream, something simple and affordable, like Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel with Oats and Vitamin Ewill work fine.

Oatmeal and Vitamin E are super hydrating to keep your skin soft and smooth for a smooth, easy glide. It is also fragrance-free and ideal for sensitive skin.

Lather with a brush

A shaving brush with a black handle;  a white jar of semi-mild shaving soap

You’d be surprised what a difference it can make if you lather up before you shave with a brush, rather than your hands or a washcloth. Using a wet brush with your favorite shaving cream or gel provides a much better lather for the razor to glide through.

Plus, it also gently softens your skin and helps lift the hairs on your skin, making it easier for the razor to catch and remove them. A brush also introduces extra moisture into the lather, reducing the risk of post-shave irritation.

If you’ve never used a brush before, you don’t have to invest in a high-end sable model right away. Start with a much more affordable quality boar brush (under $10 so far), like the Omega pure bristles.

Not only will you get a shaving brush that’s easy to grip, but it lathers effortlessly with the slightly stiff bristles.

If you shave in the shower, it can be very complicated to use shaving soap that has to be lathered up in a bowl. Instead, try a semi-mild soap that comes in a bowl, like Proraso. All you have to do is whisk the wet brush into the bowl, then lather it directly onto your skin.

Rinse with cold water

A woman rinses her legs in the shower.

Yes, the temperature of the water you rinse with can also make a difference to your skin. Using hot water at the start of your shower or bath softens your skin and hair, which makes shaving easier.

However, when it’s time to rinse after shaving, cooler water is the way to go. This is because cool or cold water helps close the pores, which also helps prevent any skin irritation later on.

Install a holder for your razor

A razor holder next to a sink.

You might be used to just putting your razor on a shelf in your shower, but doing so could actually damage your skin. When the blades can’t dry completely, rust can form and make them rough, which can not only irritate your skin, but also make you more likely to cut yourself.

To avoid this, install a razor holder somewhere that will allow the blades to dry completely all around.

Some razors, like the Billie set we mentioned earlier, come with their own mounts. You can also hang a basic support, like this set of two from Luckyiren.

Made of rust-resistant stainless steel, they are sturdy and easy to install thanks to the strong adhesive on the back. The two-prong “scoop” design will also hold your razors steady and allow water to drip off and evaporate, so it won’t rust or dull the blades.

It’s important (and easy) to take care of your skin when you shave. It can also help you avoid redness, irritation and embarrassing bumps after shaving. Finally, be sure to lock in that moisture with a good moisturizing lotion to keep your freshly shaved skin plump, healthy, and smooth.


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