Friday, June 22, 2007

Shaving fun!

It's that time again ladies! Now that the weather is hot, we are baring more skin! You can no longer hide your hairy legs under those jeans! I found this article that has 10 tips and tricks that will make shaving better. I have taken the liberty to take some of the original text out so feel free to check the entire article out! My comments are in blue.

1. The trick to shaving is to wet your skin & let it soften from the heat & moisture. You don't want to shave dry skin. Shaving is a natural exfoliator & you'll clog up the razor with dead skin while putting yourself at risk for nicks. Good thing shaving is the last thing I do in the shower!

2. There's no need to waste your money on shaving creams formulated especially for women. They are virtually the same as the creams sold for men. (Now if you can just find a scent you can live with). I use baby shampoo. It's cheap, it last a long time and I don't think it's any different than using shaving cream.

3. You are going to have to experiment with razors until you find the perfect one for you. Ask your friends for recommendations & look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads & spring-mouonted multiple blades. For a full post on this one, check out this.

4. Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis, a dull blade can lead to nicks. If regular means every couple months, then I'm doing fine. Seriously, replacement blades are expensive!

5. Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that could clog up your razor, preventing a close shave. Um, I skip this step. Anyone do this?

6. Since your leg hairs grow down, you'll want to start at your ankles & shave up. For your underarms, you'll need to shave in every direction since the hair there grows every which way. I also heard that it's good to use a little pressure when shaving your legs. You get a better shave that way.

7. When finished, apply oil or moisturizer. The skin on your legs has few oil glands & has a tendency for dryness. Nothing really to add here. Pretty self explanatory.

8. Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs curl back under the skin. Avoid ingrowns by exfoliating daily & using a glycolic acid body lotion. What's glycolic acid body lotion? Sounds scary!!!

9. If you have a chronic case of ingrown hairs, try Tend Skin, an over-the-counter lotion for ingrown hairs, applying it in the morning and at night. The bumps should disappear within a couple days. Enough with the ingrown hairs already!

10. Consider opting for waxing, at least on your legs. You'll find that if you have coarser hair, it won't grow back as fast. I've never waxed my legs but I do know that Nair is useless to me.

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