The chore of shaving comes as second nature to women. It's just part of the grooming routine. But have you ever wondered if you are doing it the right way? Here is a guide to teach you how to shave your legs, armpits and bikini area correctly.
Shave after your skin has moistened. The first trick to shaving your body correctly is to ensure that your skin has had a chance to soften up. Shaving dry skin can have disastrous and painful results, so make sure that your legs, armpits and bikini area are all sufficiently wet before you begin shaving.
Exfoliate before you shave. Another great way to shave correctly is to get rid of the dead skin before you bring a razor to it. Dead skin clogs up your razor blades and may lead to nicks or a duller shave. Prevent this by using a coarse loofah sponge before you begin shaving.
Any ol' cream will do. It's not necessary to purchase shaving creams made especially for women. Any shaving cream will do (men's or women's). Save your money and share creams with your husband, or use a bar of soap. As long as you apply something to your leg, armpit and bikini area that will make your razor glide easily along its surface, you should have no trouble shaving.
Use the right razor. There are electric razors, cheap disposable razors, razors with lubricated strips, and razors with lots of blades. How do you know which is the best one? Well, it really depends on your body and your preferences. Disposable razor blades are inexpensive and offer a close shave for your leg, armpit and bikini areas. But electric razors are long-lasting and don't need to be replaced as often. You might find that you are allergic to certain lubricated strips on disposable razors. One type of shaver isn't better than the other. Just go with one that offers a close shave, is within your budget and doesn't leave you full of nicks or stubbly areas.
Keep your razor fresh. On that note, it's important to change your razors often. Correct hygiene requires that a disposable razor be replaced about once a month. Dull blades lead to infections and nicks, and don't leave your skin soft for very long. So treat yourself to a new razor every so often so that your legs, arms and bikini area will be as smooth as possible. (And although it goes without saying, don't share your razor with anyone!)
Start at the bottom of your leg. The closest shave happens when you shave against the growth of your hair. In the case of your leg hair, which grows downward, the correct way to shave is to start at your ankle and shave upward. In the case of your underarms though, you'll want to shave every which way to make sure you reach every hair. Be gentler around your bikini area.
Moisturize. After you have finished shaving your legs, underarms and bikini area correctly, you should apply a moisturizer. Oil or lotion will leave your skin soft and prevent your skin from drying out. This is the final step in shaving your legs, armpits and bikini area correctly.