Let’s kick off this post by debunking one of THE biggest beauty myths of all times: shaving makes your hair grow back thicker, darker and faster! Simply NOT true! As hair starts growing back due to hormones and genetics, it may give that impression since new ingrown hairs have not yet been exposed to light, but the reality is your hair is just the same as it was before shaving. So now that we sorted that one out, let’s tackle a fact! Shaving is annoying! Sounds harsh I know, but frankly, is shaving an activity you look forward to? I think not. So how do we get back to living life and not worry about having to shave yet again? As a seasoned shaver (TMI, I am quite a hairy), this is the 5-step protocol that has fool-proofed my routine and has helped me avoid the hassle of shaving for a prolonged period of time.
Step 1: Exfoliate
You want to start with a clean surface to prevent an uneven shave, nicks, razor burns and irritation. Always exfoliate your skin pre-shaving to help lift away dead skin cells that clog the pores and to create a smooth, soft canvas.
Here you have a few options. You can exfoliate using a body scrub (see a super simple sugar scrub DIY recipe, which by the way smells amazing, here) or you can dry brush. I talked about how to properly exfoliate using a scrub in a previous post here and don’t even get me started on dry brushing! I can talk about it for hours!! Although I have to admit I don’t dry brush as often as I should, I simply can’t recommend it enough! It is one of THE best wellness treatments you can do for skin and body! Dry brushing might sound a little intimidating, but in fact it’s so easy, go have a read here.
Step 2: Shave at the End of the Shower and Use Shaving Cream
Don’t ever shave on dry skin! Leave the shaving routine for the end of your shower to ensure the skin is softened. Avoid using a loofah or washcloth post-shave as the skin is more prone to irritation. Instead, wash your body prior to shaving. If you’re not showering, I would advise to moisten the skin with lukewarm water for a few minutes before shaving. Make sure to always use a shaving cream or gel whether you’re shaving in the shower or by the sink. These products are designed to moisturize the skin and help the razor blade glide easily, decreasing the chance of nicks, cuts and razor burns. My skin is sensitive and prone to irritation, so using a moisturizing shaving cream such as the Gillette Venus with Olay has been a game changer. I have used soap and hair conditioner in the past, but honestly, although better than not using anything at all, these products are not designed for shaving and rarely provide adequate lubrication. The Gillette Venus with Olay hydrates and protects the skin ensuring shaving goes on without a hitch, all the while preventing irritation and razor burns.
Step 3: Use the Right Razor
As with everything, the right tools make a world of difference and shaving is no exception. Using a clean razor with multiple blades and flexible head that adjusts to every curve of the body is key. Going over the same area a bunch of times can dry out and irritate the skin, so using a razor with multiple blades ensures a precise and closer shave. Over the years I have tried several different brands, but I always go back to the Gillette Venus razors. They have a vast array of options from their Comfort Glide which comes with moisture bars that release body butters while shaving, to a Bikini Trimmer perfect for those weekend getaways at the beach and a portable mini razor called The Snap which fits in even the tiniest of travel bags!
My personal favorite is the Gillette Venus Swirl, a razor with 5 blades and a flexible head. Unlike a traditional razor, the Gillette Venus Swirl moves in multiple directions to reach spots that could otherwise be missed. The design of this razor also features a micro-fine comb that guides the hair to the blades ensuring a flawless shave.
Replace your razor every 5-10 uses to ensure an efficient shave and prevent nicks and cuts, as well as decrease the likelihood of an infection from using rusty blades. After you shave, rinse your razor well with water and store in a dry place to prevent bacteria and mold from growing on the blades. This might be intuitive, but don’t share your razor with your husband or best friend. Everyone should have their own!
Step 4: Moisturize
This is the one step I’m always tempted to skip due to time constraints. But then I always remind myself that it’s in fact a necessary step. Damp skin is more prone to absorbing moisturizing products and staying hydrated. So after shaving, I towel-dry and reach for a hydrating lotion or body oil. I love the Maya Chia body range, which I have used consistently for over a year now. Their products are 100% natural, free of parabens, phthalates and artificial colors and fragrances. They are cruelty-free and a true superfood for the skin.
The Maya Chia Revitalizer is a high-performance body oil that provides 24-hour moisture for the skin. It’s formulated with a blend of oils from chia seeds, marula, baobab, pomegranate, cranberry, pumpkin and grape seeds. It’s non-greasy, absorbs quickly and nourishes the skin, while firming, revitalizing and toning.
Step 5: Go for the Glow
So when you first start to notice those ingrown hairs, don’t panic. You can still avoid the hassle of shaving just a tad longer by using a luminizing body oil such as the Maya Chia Illuminating Body Oil. This Chia Seed infused body oil is packed with natural and organic ingredients (Gotu Kola, Arnica Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, just to name a few) and offers a universally flattering, pearlized glow. The ultra-fine, delicate shimmers catch the light and distract from the stubble while giving your skin a youthful, luminous appearance. You can use this just on your legs or all over the body.
So now that shaving is out of the way, we can all go back to living life. What are some of your plans for the rest of the summer? Please do share in the comments down below, I’d love to know.
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