• Nicolette Smith

Time to Shave! Aaaargh!!! - 6 Tips For a Good Shave

Yes, it's that time of year, the sun is out, summer is upon us!

With warmer weather moving in for lots of us right now, this is the one time of year that we put away the jeans and jumpers and let our pretty legs shine! What better way to pamper ourselves than with some soft smooth legs all day? I don't mean go shave for your hubby! I want us to shave just for us! We deserve the luxury of soft smooth legs too don't we?

Who cares that it will grow back seemingly magically overnight! Live in the moment and enjoy today!!

So here are my recommendations for a good shave:

1. If you get razor burn, and face it most of us do, to help prevent those annoying red bumps in the first place, use an exfoliating body wash or body scrub (like https://bit.ly/SheaScrub ) twice per week to shed the skin that's trapping hairs. Exfoliating your skin is needed for the skin renewal process and keep your skin young and healthy.

2. Shaving at night will actually leave your legs smoother. As you sleep, your legs swell slightly, which can make hair retreat back into its follicles. So shaving at night leaves your legs smoother for longer.

3. Shave in the shower or bath, but soak in the warm water for about 15 minutes before you start shaving, so start with your shampoo, conditioning, and body cleansing routines first. This will soften the hair and open up the follicles. Any longer, though, and your skin will wrinkle and swell, making it harder to get a close shave.

4. Invest in a four- or five-blade razor. They provide the smoothest results, letting you navigate tricky areas like your knees and ankles. Single-blade razors, like many disposable ones, are likelier to drag against the skin.

5. Lather up your legs with a moisturising shaving cream (or use a really good shave foam https://bit.ly/BCShaveFoam ) or gel to guard skin and make sure the razor glides easily and help you avoid nicks and cuts. If you don’t have anything suitable, shea-butter enriched body wash (https://bit.ly/SheaBodyWash) or your hair conditioner will do just as good a job. But skip the bar soap; It doesn't create enough lubrication for a razor to slide easily against your skin, which can up the odds of cuts.

6. On your first pass, only shave in the direction your hair grows (down the leg), and if you have very sensitive skin, don't shave upward at all. While going "against the grain" may get you a closer shave, it also increases the possibility of irritation, nicks and cuts. Once your hairs are already very short and the skin is warm and lubricated, going against the direction of hair growth is much safer. If you'd still like a closer shave, reapply the gel and shave again — against the direction of the hair growth.

Extra credit: Rub body moisturizer onto your legs before bed to hydrate skin as you sleep, so you'll wake up even silkier. If you have normal skin, choose a body lotion formula, which is more lightweight (like http://bit.ly/SilkeningSheaLotion ); for dry skin, opt for a richer and more nourishing body cream or butter. (like http://bit.ly/WhippedSheaCream ) P.S. these tips work just as well on under arms, bikini line and even men's facial shave, but don't use the recommended body care products, opt for a good quality men's skin care range.

Nicolette Smith The Beauty Coach

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