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
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
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.
Step 2: Hair Removal Assistance 3 of 6
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.
Step 3: Use a Quality Razor 4 of 6
Step 4: Treat the Skin Post Shave 5 of 6
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.
Step 5: Add Moisture Back 6 of 6
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.
What’s your best advice for comfortable hair removal?
More skincare tips and product recommendations from Jill Seiman:
- 5 Steps to Healthy Summer Skin
- Summer Beauty Must-Haves
- DIY Red Carpet Glamour
- Neutrogena® Shine Control
- Elizabeth Grant Black Algae Anti-Aging Mask
- Summer’s Best Beauty Products 2012