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5 Steps to a Superior Summer Shave

There are many things I love about summer. Shaving regularly is not one of them but with shorts, dresses, and gulp swimsuits on the agenda, I can run but I can’t hide! Truthfully, shaving isn’t that big of a deal. It’s just a few extra minutes in the shower and a couple more products hanging around. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that there’s a right way to shave and a wrong way to shave and I have the scars to prove it. But with each nick and case of razor burn, I got one step closer to understanding how best to protect my skin and shave more efficiently. Now that I’m older and wiser, the shaving aids I use, from razors to creams, are so good, they practically do the work for me! Here are 5 steps to a great shave plus some tried-and-true summer product recommendations:

  • 5 Steps to a Superior Summer Shave 1 of 6
    5 Steps to a Good Shave

    Click through for tips and product recommendations to protect your skin while maximizing your shave this summer! 

  • Step 1: Prep the Skin 2 of 6
    Gently-Exfoliate

    A gentle scrubbing massage will help open pores, prime follicles, and raise stubs for a closer shave 1. Exfoliation removes dead cells and impurities that can cause acne, ingrown hairs, and infection. Bonus: it will also smooth and renew your complexion. 

     

    Try: H2O Plus Sea Moss Black Sand Body Scrub ($20) or AHAVA Dead Sea WATER Mineral Body Exfoliator ($22)

     

  • Step 2: Hair Removal Assistance 3 of 6
    Shaving-Cream

    If you're not using shaving cream, you're eliminating one of the most important steps of shaving. Lubricating the skin and reducing the friction between the razor and your skin protects the skin from nicks and cuts, and minimizes razor burn. Sure, soap can act as a lubricant but it lacks some of the great moisturizing and cooling agents found in shaving creams and foams.

     

    Try: Avalon Organics® Moisturizing Cream Shave ( I love the lavender!, $8.50) or Alba Botanica® Very Emollient Shaving Foams ($7.99) 

     

  • Step 3: Use a Quality Razor 4 of 6
    Razor

    Use a quality razor and make sure it's clean and sharp by replacing the blade every 4 to 5 uses. 

     

    Try: Schick Hydro Silk for Women Razor ($5.99) or Gillette Venus & Olay Shaving Razor (which has a built-in moisture bar that allows you to skip the shaving cream! $8.99)

     

  • Step 4: Treat the Skin Post Shave 5 of 6
    Cotton buds and pads

    Target ingrown hairs, razor bumps, burns, and redness with products that contain exfoliating agents and acids that help release trapped hairs from underneath the skin, kill bacteria, and provide cooling relief. 

     

    Try: Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads ($38), Shaveworks The Cool Fix Rollerball ($21) or Dermo-K ($27)

     

  • Step 5: Add Moisture Back 6 of 6
    Moisturize

    Keep skin look healthy and vibrant. After shaving, skin is vulnerable. Avoid applying products that tingle, sting or numb — especially alcohol and products that contains irritants such as menthol, peppermint or citrus 1. Instead, opt for a soothing lotion or moisturizer to help calm, repair, and protect the skin.

     

    Try: Aveeno Postively Calming Body Lotion ($7) or Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($11)

     

 

What’s your best advice for comfortable hair removal?

More skincare tips and product recommendations from Jill Seiman:

 

 

 

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